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Dustin Mills and Dave Parker Unleash Free Family-Friendly Horror Anthology as a Halloween Treat

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Halloween Spookies opens with the warning: ‘If your kids watch Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Monster Squad, etc., they’ll be fine watching Halloween Spookies.’ And that’s exactly the type of movie it is – a spooky throwback that’s fun for the whole family, but also one that’s pretty ballsy and edgy.

Dustin Mills has been a steam train of momentum in the underground scene ever since he unleashed his puppet splatter comedy The Puppet Monster Massacre a few years ago.  Since then, he’s proven himself to be quite the prolific force, averaging AT LEAST 3 movies per year, all of which have managed to hit that outlandish sweet spot. They’re weird, experimental, fun and unlike anything else out there, which makes him one of the most exciting filmmakers in the game for the considerable cult audience he’s garnered.  The beauty of a Mills joint is that you don’t quite know what you’re going to get.  His body of work is diverse; consisting of gore comedies with puppets, Grindhouse neo-westerns with zombies, Faustian pacts with tentacles, and transgressive avant-garde silent films which hold the power to unsettle.

Whether they are making you laugh or trying to disturb you to your very core, Mills’ movies are unique, exciting and unpredictable – and now he’s taken another unexpected turn into kid-friendly terrains along with friend, actor and budding filmmaker Dave Parker (who some of you will know as Mrparka on Youtube).

Parker himself is a talented rising star among aficionados of the macabre. His channel is the go to place if you want to stay on top of the latest horror releases, big and small, and his first feature length directorial effort, Slimy Little Bastards, saw him unleash his own little creature feature to a positive response from the community.  Together, they’re a match made in Halloween heaven.

Halloween Spookies consists of three tales of terror: “The Babysitter”, “The Messenger”, and “The Familiars”, all of which are introduced by a pair of witches, who are entertaining their next child meal while they boil their cauldron of disgusting delights. I don’t want to give away spoilers as you should experience it first hand, but there are killer clowns, rockabilly zombies and ghoulish little rascals from the underworld summoned to chew on metalheads.  It’s steeped in mythology, provides constant laughs and is actually pretty damn inspirational.  If anything it’ll make you want to go out there and create something of your own.  Furthermore, the wraparound segments with the sexy hags are quite reminiscent of the Tales from the Darkside movie, which is some of the best praise I can give anything in this world.

So go grab your kids or someone else’s and reconnect with your own inner brat, grab some snacks, light up a Jack-o’-lantern  and enjoy some edgy PG horror.  Halloween Spookies is so celebratory of the holiday and intent on recapturing its spirit that they’re giving it away for free, just to rekindle that spooky spark.  You can’t argue with some free holiday horror, but Halloween Spookies will remind you why you fell in love with the genre in the first place.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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