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Zed Fest 2016 Now Under Way in North Hollywood

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If you live in or near Los Angeles, we want to bring to your attention the 7th Annual Zed Fest Film Festival 2016, which kicked off yesterday and still has quite a few interesting films in its lineup to share.

Of special interest to Dread Central readers is the Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites screening tonight at 9:00 pm PT.

From the Press Release:
The Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition was founded to encourage and support independent filmmakers who work in the horror, suspense, science-fiction, drama, action, adventure, and arthouse genres.

The event is held at the Laemmle Noho 7 in the Noho Arts District, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. It runs through Thursday, November 3, bringing together many independent and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world.

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Things kick off at 7:00pm PT each night, and you’ll find some of the remaining highlights below.  For tickets and more info, visit zedfest.org.

November 2, 2016 – 7:00pm
Johann Karlo’s Gun Driver (Feature)
Starring: Curtis Wayne Johnson II, Megan Hanks, Andres Perez
Director: Johann Karlo
Jesse 01776 and Sonja 01984 team up in rebellion against the self-proclaimed Boss of America and his soulless goons and thugs, embarking on a bloodthirsty adventure of romance and revenge.

November 2, 2016 – 9:00pm
Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites (Web Series)
Starring: Brooke Lewis
Director: Staci Layne Wilson
Who better to give the world love and dating advice than a 110-year-old vampire who has seen it all and has a heart of gold?

November 2, 2016 – 10:50pm
The Raking (Feature)
Starring: Bryan Brewer, Allie Rivera, Cree Kelly, Thatcher Robinson, Marshal Hilton, Marisa Davila, Alan Maxson
Director: Bryan Brewer
Four college students set out to debunk an urban legend in Joshua Tree for a final project, only to find that they have become part of the legend themselves.

November 3, 2016 – 7:00pm
The Broadcast (Feature)
Starring: Anja Akstin, Larry Bukovey, Morgan Middlebrook, Jayden Leto, Thomas M. Taylor, Stephanie Coatney
Director: Karl Huber
A young agoraphobic woman and her neighbors have their lives impacted dramatically while listening to the live airing of the “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, which aired October 30, 1938, the Orson Welles radio hoax that made thousands of Americans believe Martians were attacking earth.

November 3, 2016 – 8:40pm
The Unforgiven (Short)
Starring: Niko Nicotera, Philippe Brenninkmeyer, Kathy Christopherson, Rich Paul
Director: Jason Piccioni
Stuck in purgatory, a cynical angel is assigned to save the soul of a low level criminal. But when the devil turns up, he is forced to confront his own skepticism.

November 3, 2016 – 10:40pm
No Touching (Short)
Starring: Jake Busey, Doug Jones, Zoë Bell, Heidi Moneymaker
Directors: Adam Davis, Will Corona Pilgrim
In a shady haunted house attraction where the performers are assaulting female patrons in order to make a name for themselves, the tables are turned when the performers attempt to take on the wrong two women.

Creatures of Whitechapel (Short)
Starring: Carlee Baker, Rick Macy, Barrett Ogden, Victoria Halloran
Director: Jonathan Martin
A twisted new take on the Frankenstein legend – and the madness that surrounds it.

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Exclusive: Director Jeremy Wechter and Exec Producer P.J. Starks Talk The Viral Demon

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I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never had an issue with found footage flicks. I know there are a ton of horror fans out there that all but detest the subgenre, but I’m always down for a first-person fright flick.

Speaking of which, today we wanted to bring you not only the trailer for writer-director Jeremy Wechter’s upcoming The Viral Demon (review), but we also had the chance to speak with producer PJ Starks and writer-director Jeremy Wechter about the film and you can check out their exclusive quotes below.

After looking through all of that, make sure to hit us up and let us know what do you think of writer-director Jeremy Wechter’s The Viral Demon thus far below!

“Jeremy contacted me back in September with questions regarding distribution following the release of VOB: Horror Stories,” Starks told us. “We got to chatting and I found out more about his film The Viral Demon, which I was then fortunate enough to see. I liked his approach and the narrative he devised is pretty inventive. I hadn’t yet dabbled in this area of the supernatural, meaning demons and witchcraft. I’m also a huge fan of found footage films but never had the opportunity to actually be part of one. Jeremy asked me to come on board the project and I gladly accepted. I’m excited to see what happens with the film. I think horror fans of this type of sub-genres will really like what he’s done.”

Writer-director Jeremy Wechter then talked a bit about some of the challenges he faced in the making of this film, saying “Each location in every window of the video-chat was shot totally separately. Therefore, we had to shoot the movie from beginning to end in every location, then move on to the next location and start all over again. This made post-production quite tricky since there are multiple windows onscreen at any given time. It’s kind of like editing five movies simultaneously while needing to keep them all matched up.”

That sounds like a lot of work and a ton of plates to keep spinning at all times. But I have faith the guys can pull it off and I cannot wait to find out first-hand once the film hits… Whenever that may be. We’ll keep you up to date!

The film is written and directed by Jeremy Wechter and executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the Volumes of Blood franchise and executive producer of 10/31, Butcher the Bakers, and Close Calls.

For more info, you can follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Or visit the official site HERE.

Synopsis:

Four college friends participate in an annual video chat that goes horribly wrong when an ancient evil, imprisoned by witchcraft, is inadvertently released. Witness the hellish first night of demonic possession as it unfolds in real-time. As the possessions multiply and the body count rises, their night of fun becomes a race to stop the evil before it can spread across the world through electronic means. Knowing who to trust is the key to survival.

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Check Out this Bright New Trailer from Netflix

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A new trailer for Netflix’s Bright has arrived under our Xmas tree; and being that we’ve been good boys and girls, we figured we ought to share it!

Directed by David Ayer, who reunites with his Suicide Squad cast of Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the film imagines our world but with mystical beasts living side-by-side with humans. As a result, when crimes are committed by other species, it takes some delicacy to work out a solution.

Look for Bright, written by Max Landis, on December 22nd. Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi co-star with Smith and Edgerton.

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Set in an alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time, Bright is a genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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