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5 Chilling Films to Watch This Winter!

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The winter season is in full swing, and one of the best things we can do when we are snowed in is to curl up and watch a movie! The genre we love is known for taking everyday situations and turning them on their ears, but what about the seasons? I for one don’t want to be freezing out in the cold, and that got me thinking about some incredible winter horror films!

1) The Thing (1982)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, David Clennon, Donald Moffat, T.K. Carter, and Richard A. Dysart

Directed by: John Carpenter

When a group of researchers discover that a shapeshifting parasitic alien is residing amongst them, tensions are raised along with the body count! Featuring highly praised special effects that stand up to the best of what this day and age has to offer, director John Carpenter brings to life a phenomenal script written by Bill Lancaster. You have probably already seen this film countless times, but if you haven’t, fix that ASAP! I promise you will enjoy it!

2) Frozen (2010)

Starring: Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, and Kevin Zegers

Directed By: Adam Green

Writer/director Adam Green has brought us quite a few films already that can be and should be considered modern day classics, and this one is up there with the best of them! Frozen follows three friends as they go to a ski resort for the afternoon. The trio decide that they want to take one last trip down the mountain, but unfortunately the ski lift attendants forget about them when closing down the resort for the weekend. Trapped on their ski lift, our heroes must face extreme weather, hunger, and many other dangers that make Frozen a tense and thrilling ride from beginning to end!

3) The Shining (1980)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

This Stanley Kubrick classic is definitely a film to watch during the winter! Based on the novel of the same name by legendary horror author Stephen King, The Shining is considered one of the genre’s best and that’s not far from the truth. The setting is very claustrophobic and takes you on a downward spiral that you may not want to slide down. In it we follow Jack Torrence – portrayed brilliantly by Nicholson – as he takes the only job that he can get as the weekend caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. The job isn’t a difficult one; however, the hotel is located high up in the mountains and shuts down during the winter. As the season continues, the Torrence family is stuck at the hotel with no access to outside help as many things begin to go bump in the night, causing Jack to slowly lose his mind. The scares are as chilling as the weather itself!

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4) Let the Right One In (2008)

Let The Right One In

Starring: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Ika Nord, and Peter Carlberg

Directed By: Tomas Alfredson

Let the Right One In gives us one of the best vampire stories that has ever been committed to film! In the suburb of Blackeberg, a bullied 12-year-old boy develops a relationship with a child vampire. With a winter backdrop that serves as a stark contrast to the gallons of red blood shed throughout, this should be on anyone’s must see list! An American remake titled Let Me In was released back in 2010, and both films are enjoyable in their own right, but if you could only watch one – go with the original!

5) Cold Prey (2006)

Cold Prey

Starring: Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Viktoria Winge, Endre Martin Midstigen, and Tomas Alf Larsen

Directed By: Roar Uthaug

The Norwegian slasher film Cold Prey making this list shouldn’t be a surprise at all. It follows a group of friends on vacation in Jotunheimen to go snowboarding; after one of the group breaks a leg, they are forced to find shelter in an old abandoned hotel, where they discover that they may not be as alone as they originally thought. Hailed as one of the best Norwegian horror films ever made, this should scratch the wintery itchy of slasher fans universally!

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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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Dread Central Presents’ Villmark Asylum is on Amazon Prime!

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Today marks a very exciting day for us here at Dread Central as Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum has hit Amazon Prime! This marks the first official release of a Dread Central Presents title and we can’t wait to hear what you all think! If you’ve got Amazon Prime, you can watch the film for free as part of your Prime subscription. Also, if you do check it out, we ask that you please leave a review on Amazon with your honest thoughts. If you hated it, let us know! If you loved it, great! Whatever your thoughts on the film might be, we want to know them.

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be hosting double feature screenings of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight and Turbo Kid later this month. You can find all details here.

Directed by Øie, Villmark Asylum stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Baard Owe.

Synopsis:
A crew of five hazardous waste workers are sent to a massive, abandoned sanatorium deep in the mountains. But their routine assignment takes a dark turn when they encounter the building’s terrifying past.

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Exclusive Delirium Clip Goes Running Through the ‘Net!

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Another horror flick has hit our radar called Delirium, and right now we have a slew of stuff for you to dig on including stills, the trailer, and yes, an exclusive clip! Dig it!

Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, Seth Austin, Ryan Pinkston, August Roads, and Elena Sanchez star in the flick from director Johnny Martin. Look for it on January 19th via Gravitas Ventures.

Synopsis:
A group of young men dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary house that is said to be haunted by the thirteen victims of a family massacre. In hopes of making a viral video, they arm him with a video camera to prove he was there or to capture him fleeing terror as others have.

When he doesn’t return, the guys must go in to get him. Inside the mansion they discover the truth about the family that died there, the fate of their friend, and what their own fates will be.

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