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NYC Horror Film Festival 2016: Exclusive Look Inside a White Coffin

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Argentinean horror film White Coffin (Ataud Blanco: El Juego Diabolico) will make its US debut at the New York City Horror Film Festival, running November 10-13 at Cinepolis Cinemas. Right now, though, we have an exclusive clip for you!

Directed by Daniel De La Vega and written by the legendary García Bogliano brothers (Cold Sweat, Penumbra, Scherzo Diabolico), White Coffin has been a hit on the international film festival circuit.

Below is a synopsis of White Coffin from the Fantasia Film Festival website.

Synopsis:
While on the road in search of a better life, Virginia (Julieta Cardinali of NECROPHOBIA 3D) and her daughter, Rebecca, stop at an isolated gas station. Suddenly Rebecca vanishes, and Virginia is plunged into a frantic search for her beloved daughter. Faced with every parent’s worst nightmare, she frantically searches for clues, attempting to piece together her daughter’s location.

On her search she encounters two other women, Angela and Patricia, who are on the same desperate mission. The closer Virginia gets to unraveling the disappearance of her daughter, the more supernatural forces seem to surround her as she discovers a religious sect, a history of tortuous rituals dating back decades, and an enigmatic man (Rafael Ferro of MEMORY OF THE DEAD) who gives her clues to her daughter’s whereabouts. Buckets of blood are spilt, and Virginia is faced with the question — To what lengths would I go to save my loved one?

This compelling Argentinean action-horror-road movie crossover is helmed by veteran director Daniel De la Vega (NECROPHOBIA) and masterfully written by the legendary García Bogliano brothers (COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA, SCHERZO DIABOLICO). The film brilliantly offers a unique experience that is both novel and reminiscent of the golden age of action horror movies of the 1980s. The horrors that transpire are claustrophobic, gruesome, and strangely supernatural. WHITE COFFIN champions the action-horror ethos of films such as PHANTASM and delivers shocks that are visceral and unsettling in their brutality. This film delivers some serious punches, digging deep and climatically revealing the mystery of the white coffin.—Justin Langlois for Fantasia

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From the Press Release:
The 14th edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival celebrates the career of Adrienne Barbeau this November with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Debuting in her first feature film in her then-husband John Carpenter’s THE FOG, Ms. Barbeau continued in George Romero’s CREEPSHOW, and other favorites including Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and Wes Craven’s SWAMP THING. Her long and varied career crosses all genres, from Broadway to television, and the beloved actress is thrilled to accept her award on Saturday, November 12, after that evening’s program, at approximately 9:30 pm.

The 2016 New York City Horror Film Festival opens Thursday, November 10, with Darren Lynn Bousman’s ABATTOIR, at 7:00 pm. Jonathan Straiton’s NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE continues the creepiness Friday November 11 at 9:30 pm, Steven DeGennaro’s FOUND FOOTAGE 3-D precedes Ms. Barbeau’s award ceremony at 5 pm on Saturday Nov. 12, and Sunday’s final wrapup feature is Caradog W. James’ DON’T KNOCK TWICE, starring Javier Botet ([REC], Crimson Peak) at 6:45pm. The full festival runs Nov. 10–13, 2016, at the Cinépolis Chelsea Cinemas. For full schedule and ticket info go to the New York City Horror Film Festival website

Darren Lynn Bousman has been bringing the grue to gruesome over the past two decades with his blood-drenched filmography. From SAW II, III, and IV, through REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL, and now ABATTOIR, Bousman continues plowing through the gore. Caradog James’ first feature film, the BAFTA-winning LITTLE WHITE LIES, was also listed in Variety’s top 10 British Films of that year, and his second feature, THE MACHINE, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. His latest feature film, DON’T KNOCK TWICE, stars Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick), Nick Moran (Lock Stock), and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street).

The NYC Horror Film Festival was born in 2002 by filmmaker Michael J. Hein as a venue for newer independent horror filmmaking. After Michael’s passing in 2011, the festival created the Michael J. Hein Achievement Award to celebrate the hard work and perseverance of creators in the field. Recipients include Rob Zombie, Stuart Gordon, and Tom Atkins. George Romero was the first recipient of the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by other classic scaremeisters including Tobe Hooper, Roger Corman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Frank Henenlotter, Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Sean Cunningham, and the beloved late Wes Craven. NYCHFF is proudly sponsored by Final Draft, the #1 selling screenwriting software, and the choice of professionals.

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See the Zombies’ End Preview Released Today

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Do you have an idea about how a zombie apocalypse would end?

The standard story lines from movies, TV, and comics tell us defeating the zombie horde would take either guns and bombs or antidotes and vaccines.

How about a living head in a bucket that sinks deep within his own mind, talks to Death in a tuxedo, and uncovers an uncanny solution?

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty
If you’re reading Zombies’ End, the 56-page graphic novel I’m Kickstarting through February 16, 2018, you know the answer. I’m not known for telling simple stories.

We’ve just released a free preview of Zombies’ End that you can read or download here. You can look for the zombie solution there, there are clues, but I’m being tight-lipped about that detail. We’ll see how well I keep the secret through February 16th.

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty

Readers will recognize our hero from the Wounds graphic novel I released last year. That story took place inside the hero’s mind. Trauma and isolation caused him to construct different scenarios, and we readers were left to piece together the past and present — just like the hero was doing.

The format of Zombie’s End is meant to complement 2017’s Wounds graphic novel, but they don’t have to be read together. Both are stand-alone stories, but they read as Part 1 and Part 2.

Zombies’ End is in the real world, mostly. Just like in Wounds, the hero’s head holds answers.

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty

In Zombies’ End, a living head in a bucket and his zombie daughter, who are said to hold the key to mankind’s survival, are transported by three brave soldiers through the apocalypse.

As the head struggles to maintain sanity and focus, he realizes his disjointed visions are not entirely unreal and must convince mankind that the solution to this zombie horror will be more extraordinary than anyone imagines.

Zombies' End graphic novel by Gary Scott Beatty

The cover blurb reads, “Mankind forever changed.” I realize all zombie stories say that, but it’s an understatement for Wounds. There is absolutely no going back from the solution at the end of this book.

The Kickstarter for this graphic novel runs January 16 through February 16, 2018. Join us in this madness at ZombiesEnd.com. Bring imagination. It’s going to take both muscle and brainpower to take us to zombies’ end.

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More Horror TV in the Works: The Butcher on Crackle and The Demons of Dorian Gunn on Pop

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“TV” doesn’t just mean the typical broadcast networks we all grew up watching anymore; now there are outlets with snappy names like Crackle and Pop (sorry, couldn’t resist), and over the last couple of days both of them have announced new horror projects in the works.

Read on for the early details on Pop’s supernatural comedy pilot “The Demons of Dorian Gunn” and Crackle’s “The Butcher,” both of which were announced during the Television Critics Association’s Winter 2018 Press Tour and have some very familiar names behind them.

About “The Demons of Dorian Gunn”:
Pop’s new supernatural comedy pilot “The Demons of Dorian Gunn,” executive produced by Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad,” “Jessica Jones”) and JAX Media, will star Jeffery Self (“Search Party”), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2/3), H. Jon Benjamin (“Archer”), Lateefah Holder (“Disjointed,” “Transparent”), and Kyle Harris (“Stitchers,” “High Maintenance”).

Written by Evan Greenspoon and Brandon Scott Jones (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), “The Demons of Dorian Gunn” follows disgraced New York socialite Dorian Gunn, who discovers he’s descended from a long line of demon hunters and is forced to abandon his life of leisure to protect humanity from monsters as they emerge from the gates of hell.

Pilot production for the series kicks off this month in New York City.

Jeffrey Self stars as antihero Dorian Gunn. After the mysterious death of his parents, Dorian’s gluttonous life as a celebutante has been in a downward spiral plagued with booze-filled antics that threaten his status with the family business. Although he desperately just wants to be a B-list celebrity, Dorian soon realizes his privileged life is going to become a bit more complicated by the fact he’s a Guardian destined to protect the world from demons.

Chrissie Fit stars as Leonie Crofton-Sears, Dorian’s mortal frenemy. Best friends since childhood, Leonie is the charming, trendy, and charismatic older sister Dorian wished he always had. She seems lovely until you remember those are also the traits of a sociopath. Leonie soon realizes she, too, comes from a magical linage – the cruel catch, she’s Dorian’s evil counterpart destined to bring demons through the Gate that Dorian is meant to defend.

H. Jon Benjamin plays Wormwood, a demon tasked with maintaining the balance of good and evil by overseeing the Guardians sworn to protect the living from demonic forces. Albeit begrudgingly, Wormwood serves as a guide to help Dorian and the other Guardians fulfill their destinies, proving good and evil are not always black and white.

Lateefah Holder stars as the straight shooter Amy Bugda, Dorian’s court-appointed addiction sponsor who quickly becomes his indispensable right-hand woman. Her moral compass rarely points in the wrong direction, so demon hunter or no, Dorian’s sobriety will not go unchecked. Her inability to stray from a righteous path can be frustrating at times, but her kind heart makes her a breath of fresh air.

Kyle Harris stars as Trip Chapman, the embodiment of white privilege. A filthy-rich, power-hungry 20-something-year-old, he was recently appointed acting executive director of the Greenwich Club by his ailing father. With this title, Trip is now guarding the one gate Dorian, Leonie, and their wealthy cohorts desperately want to enter.

“The Demons of Dorian Gunn” is written by Evan Greenspoon and Brandon Scott Jones and executive produced by Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns of JAX Media, Kara Welker of Generate, and actor Krysten Ritter through her production company Silent Machine. John Skidmore serves as producer. Mike Poisson and Peggy Cheng from Silent Machine serve as co-executive producers. Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate.

About “The Butcher”:
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ free ad-supported streaming network, has announced plans to partner with award-winning producers Douglas Urbanski and Gary Oldman of Flying Studio Pictures on the original drama “The Butcher.”

Written by Charles Burmeister (Columbus Day), “The Butcher” is a modern story of one man’s epic investigation to find, hunt down, and kill a serial killer who lives among us — someone who is very human, but also beyond human. Along the way the story’s hero, a hardened Los Angeles homicide detective named Mitch Dixon, must uncover the mystery of who The Butcher is, how he operates, and come to terms with the unbelievable truth — that he has discovered the key to immortality, the price of which is consuming human flesh.

In a joint statement, Urbanski and Oldman said: “We are incredibly pleased to be working with the wonderful creative team at Crackle on this unusual and hopefully gripping and creepy show as part of our effort to expand our creative energies beyond motion pictures and into the land of streaming television. ‘The Butcher’ marks our first step in bringing entertainment directly into our homes, and we could not be happier with the collaboration.”

Eric Berger, GM of Crackle and CDO, Sony Pictures Television Networks, added: “Viewers are obsessed with the supernatural; and we see an opportunity, in partnership with Gary, Douglas, and Charles, to introduce fans to a new kind of narrative around the genre. It’s a privilege to work with some of the best in the business, and we look forward to working closely with such an incredibly talented team in the months ahead.”

The two also recently partnered on a series of vampire novels from Simon & Schuster/Atria.

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Rest in Peace: Dolores O’Riordan

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Sad and shocking news has come in from the music world as Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has been found dead at the all too young age of just 46.

According to the Associated Press, the singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording. “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

London’s Metropolitan Police were summoned to a hotel just after 9:00 AM today. As of now her death is classified as “unexplained.”

During her career, O’Riordan provided music for the short film Z, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Evilenko, and many more films and television projects. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Dolores’ family members, friends, and constituents.

If you, if you could return. Don’t let it burn. Don’t let it fade.

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