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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: January 4th – Exorcise Your Machete With A Case

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Whoa, what a way to start the new year! After several weeks of desolate conditions in terms of horror title releases, the floodgate just burst open.

This is the week you may want to think about using up those giftcards and cash you got from returning your holiday presents. Major releases are vying for your greenbacks alongside re-releases in Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D (in case Santa brought you a 3D TV recently), and other more independent titles. In addition to movies, there’s also a Buffy motion comic and the next volume of a vampire’s diary in paperback.


The Last Exorcism on DVDThe Last Exorcism (Review)
Directed by Daniel Stamm
Starring Patrick Fabian (Interview), Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Tony Bentley

When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers from their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon his arrival at the already blood-drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus’ own beliefs are shaken to the core as he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late. Check out our Last Exorcism CENTRAL and the UK Holiday Surprise video.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Machete on DVDMachete (Review)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis
Starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba

From director Robert Rodriguez, comes an action- packed, cutting-edge serving of carnage asada…with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action! Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name–Machete. Check out our Machete CENTRAL.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion ComicBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic

Following the destruction of the Hellmouth in the explosive finale of the television series, Buffy and her trusted friend Xander have relocated to a citadel in Scotland to oversee the thousands of newly activated slayers from across the globe. Using their new home as command-central in their fight against evil, Buffy and her allies lead these new slayers as they take on vamps, zombies, and now the U.S. government who declare, in the wake of Sunnydale’s destruction, that slayers are nothing more than international terrorists.

Buy the DVD.


Case 39 on DVDCase 39 (Review)
Directed by Christian Alvart
Starring Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O’Malley

Academy Award® winner Renee Zellweger stars in this terrifying, supernatural thriller about a social worker who has been assigned the unusual and disturbing case of Lillith Sullivan…a girl with a strange and mysterious past. When Emily opens her home in an attempt to help Lillith, it turns into a deadly nightmare she may not survive. Case 39 (page) is a heart-stopping chiller with startling surprises that lead to a shocking and sinister ending.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Coraline Blu-ray 3DCoraline Blu-ray 3D (Movie Review)
Directed by Henry Selick
Starring the voices of Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Saunders, Keith David

11-year-old Coraline Jones has just moved with her parents to a new home in Oregon. With no friends and her parents distracted by work, the feisty and adventurous Coraline sets out to find some excitement in her isolated new environment. She is befriended—or, as she sees it, pestered—by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian, Mr. Bobinsky.

Buy the Blu-ray 3D.


The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #2: BloodlustThe Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #2: Bloodlust
Authored by L. J. Smith, Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec

Stefan and Damon Salvatore are now vampires and must deal with the consequences of their fate. They escape their small hometown of Mystic Falls, which is overrun with vampire hunters, and travel to New Orleans. While Stefan revels in his powers, Damon continues to mourn the loss of Katherine, the beautiful vampire that turned them both. But New Orleans offers temptations and dangers. Stefan falls in love with another human, and his willpower is tested to the limit. Damon ends up captured by an evil, sadistic vampire hunter. Stefan knows that he must save his brother, but will it cost him his new love?

Buy the Kindle Edition or the paperback.


WolvesBayne on DVDWolvesBayne
Directed by Griff Furst
Starring Jeremy London, Marc Dacascos, Yancy Butler, Christy Carlson Romano, Rhett Giles, Stephanie Honore

Russell Bane (Jeremy London, ”Party of Five”) finds himself in the middle of a paranormal war between vampires, werewolves and human hunters after being viciously attacked by a werewolf. Overwhelmed by his own werewolf transformation, he seeks the help of the beautiful and mysterious Alex. Together they must stop the war before the exiled vampire goddess Lilith (Yancy Butler, ”Kick-Ass”) regains her strength and destroys all mankind.

Buy the DVD.


Let Me Die Quietly on DVDLet Me Die Quietly
Directed by Mitchell Reichler, Brian Michael Finn
Starring Charles Casillo, Dana Perry, Ian Tomaschik

Mario is a man who’s been tortured by visions of violent murders all his life. An encounter, a location, or even a touch can bring him the terrifying final sensations of a murder victim. Now, as his visions intensify, he senses his own impending death. With an encroaching sense of tragedy, Mario sets out to save the life of the last victim in his final premonitions. Then he has a chance encounter in an elevator with a beautiful woman, Gabrielle, who herself is psychic and seeing different aspects of the same murder. These two lost souls join forces in an attempt to stop a serial killer, but in their quest they may end up leading each other down a path of self-destruction.

Buy the DVD.


8213: Gacy House on DVD8213: Gacy House
Directed by N/A
Starring: N/A

8213: Gacy House (Review) is the latest found footage film from The Asylum following last year’s tediously dreadful mockbuster Paranormal Entity. This time they went all out to try and convince viewers that what we are watching is honest-to-goodness raw footage found at the scene of a crime. No listing of cast or crew; nothing on the disc besides the movie and an 8-minute fake documentary spotlighting the victims seen in the feature-length fake documentary and how this footage finally got released to the public. The back of the DVD case boasts two different disclaimers proclaiming this to be legit police footage found next to their bodies, going so far as to outright state in no uncertain terms that “This is not a hoax”.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Fright Flick on DVDFright Flick
Directed by Israel Luna
Starring Chad Allen, Daphne Khoury, Adam Kitchen, Richard Curtin and Todd Jenkins

A second-rate film crew is shooting the third in a trilogy of tasteless (yet cheesy) horror flick called FRIGHT FLICK. The schmuck-of-a-director can’t keep his hands off the lead actress, the producer never gets his due credit, the supporting actress knows that SHE should be the lead, and the crew has secrets of their own. Competition in the movie business is tough enough — but anyone on this set would kill to be on top. Watch the Fright Flick Trailer.

Buy the DVD.


Monster Mutt on DVDMonster Mutt
Directed by Todd Tucker
Starring Zack Ward, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Bart Johnson, Billy Unger, Juliet Landau, Brian Stepanek

The Taylor’s family dog, Max, is kidnapped by the evil Sirus Caldwell, CEO of mega corporation Envigormax, to be used as a test subject for a new super energy drink. When trials go terribly wrong, Max escapes only to be transformed from his lovable self into… ”Monster Mutt”! The Taylor kids, Ashley & Zach try to save their loyal friend with the help of the scientist, Dr. Victor Lloyd, who regretfully helped transform Max. The children must elude the evil Sirus and his henchwoman Natalya, who are determined to capture Monster Mutt to complete their experiment! Monster Mutt, is an adventure in both comedy & chaos as the Taylor kids race to find a cure for their furry loved one before it’s too late! Watch the Monster Mutt Trailer

Buy the DVD.


Bitter Feast on DVDBitter Feast
Directed by Joe Maggio
Starring James Le Gros, Joshua Leonard

A celebrity chef turns the tables on his harshest critic. Peter Grey, an overly zealous television chef kidnaps J.T. Franks, an influential and notoriously snarky food blogger after a particularly nasty review deals the final blow to Grey s already plummeting career. Sequestered deep in the woods of the Hudson Valley, Grey keeps Franks chained up in a basement, presenting him with a series of deceptively simple food challenges – from preparing a perfect egg over easy, to grilling a steak precisely medium rare – punishing him sadistically for anything less than total perfection. A tense thrill-ride served up with wicked wit and culinary flare, BITTER FEAST (trailer) is an exploration of the creative impulse gone tragically and ferociously awry.

Buy the DVD.


Graves / Zombies Of Mass Destruction (The Best of Horrorfest)Graves / Zombies Of Mass Destruction (The Best of Horrorfest)
Graves (Review)
Directed by Brian Pulido
Starring Jillian Murray, Clare Grant, Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Amanda Wyss, Shane Stevens
Zombies Of Mass Destruction (Review)
Directed by Kevin Hamedani
Starring Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson, Bill Johns

Buy the Blu-ray.


The Gravedancers / Wicked Little Things (The Best of Horrorfest)The Gravedancers / Wicked Little Things (The Best of Horrorfest)
The Gravedancers (Review)
Directed by Mike Mendez
Starring Dominic Purcell, Clare Kramer, Josie Maran, Marcus Thomas, Tchéky Karyo, Megahn Perry
Wicked Little Things (Review)
Directed by J. S. Cardone
Starring Lori Heuring, Scout Taylor-Compton, Chloe Moretz, Geoffrey Lewis

Buy the Blu-ray.


Borderland / Crazy Eights (The Best of Horrorfest)Borderland / Crazy Eights (The Best of Horrorfest)
Borderland (Review)
Directed by Zev Berman (interview)
Starring Rider Strong, Brian Presley, Martha Higareda, Jake Muxworthy, Sean Astin
Crazy Eights (Review)
Directed by James Koya Jones
Starring Traci Lords, Dina Meyer, Gabrielle Anwar, George Newbern, Dan DeLuca and Frank Whaley

Buy the Blu-ray.


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TRAILER: Netflix’s Zombie-Horror Series THE RAIN

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The upcoming Netflix horror series The Rain which we described as “28 Days Later Meets The Girl With All The Gifts” begins falling internationally on Netflix May 4.

And today we have the series’ full trailer for your viewing pleasure.

You can check it out in all its rain-drenched glory below and then let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The series is created by Jannik Tai Mosholt and stars Alba August, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen and Lars Simonsen. It begins falling on Netflix May 4.

Synopsis:

The Rain picks up six years after a brutal virus carried by rain wiped out almost all humans in Scandinavia, and follows two Danish siblings as they emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone and very few survivors. Set free from their collective past and societal rules, the group set out on a danger-filled quest through abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life. However, the task is complicated when tensions in the group start to rise as the rain pours in.

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Exclusive: Making a Horror B-Movie is Deadly in John Shepphird’s BOTTOM FEEDERS

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Today sees the release of John Shepphird’s Bottom Feeders, a new horror/thriller novel about a killer who haunts the set of a low-budget horror film and dispatches them with a compound bow. To celebrate the release from Blackstone Publishing, we’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the opening of the novel, which you can read below.

“A page-turning whodunit set in the wilds of a remote movie ranch, Bottom Feeders describes the hapless Hollywood cast and crew that eke out a living working on low-budget fare. Their ambitious TV movie needs to be made fast and cheap, but a brutal murder grinds production to a halt. An approaching forest fire forces everyone to evacuate. In the confusion, not everyone gets out. Eddie is the alcoholic director, Sheila the vulnerable camera assistant, Tom the self-centered actor, and Sondra the spurned sheriff’s deputy. Who will survive? Death comes sudden and silent. The camouflaged killer’s weapon-of-choice is a high-tech hunting bow capable of firing razor-sharp arrows four hundred feet per second. The mysterious assassin has an agenda. Those left behind must find out what it is and who is behind this bloody slaughter in the fight for their lives.”

Shepphird is no amateur when it comes to B-horror. The author is also the writer and director of Chupacabra Terror and the director of Jersey Shore Shark Attack.


It had been a year since his last cigarette—before the doctor gave Ted the fright. The message was loud and clear. He’d stopped smoking, tried to exercise more, and worked on eating a low-cholesterol diet. But this was fate; a half pack of Marlboros left behind in the leather console of his rental car, a book of matches tucked snugly in the pristine cellophane. Once Ted caught the scent of the ripe tobacco—what the hell. This was a seductive gift from the gods. His wife would never know.

The only dilemma: there was no ashtray.

Always the problem solver, Ted fashioned a crude paper triangle out of the Hertz rental contract. Proud of his origami ingenuity, he put flame to the cig and savored the smoke, a warming sensation he hadn’t experienced in a long, long time.

Ted was the Vice President of Sales for Artemis Industries, a pharmaceutical research firm, headed to the Advances in Immunodiagnostic Assays Conference. The sky was overcast, threatening rain, and it was getting dark. Upgraded from a midsize SUV to a luxury sport vehicle, he maneuvered the Mazda up the windy mountain road. This car had guts. It made Ted feel powerful.

Tonight, he would go through the tedious motions of pinning on his name tag, flashing his always-professional smile, and making an appearance at the welcome cocktail reception. In his midfifties and carrying more paunch then he cared to admit, Ted would suffer through the speech-laden dinner and, afterwards, obligatory drinks and forced camaraderie in the hotel bar. It went with the job—employment he sensed would not last long. The batch of young salesmen among the ranks would ultimately prove to be a cheaper solution. There had already been one round of downsizing. It was the company’s health insurance he needed most, for his wife’s treatment. Ted long ago came to realize he was, sadly, a slave to medical benefits. With luck, maybe he could squeak out another four or five years before being forced to retire.

He so hated that this year’s conference was up in Lake Arrowhead. The Granite Springs Hotel & Spa, for Chrissake! Did someone’s fat-assed secretary pick the destination? What the hell? Last year the conference was at the Westin in Palm Springs, with golf, so why this sudden change in venue? More wasted time and bullshit.

Now Google Maps on his iPhone wasn’t working. Bad directions had him searching for a street sign. He hadn’t seen another vehicle for a while. Something told him he had taken a wrong turn.
He struck a match and was igniting a second cigarette when BAM!

The deer smashed into the windshield, cracked the glass, and flew over the top of the car. The airbag inflated into his face and he slammed the brakes. The Mazda slid sideways onto the rocky shoulder before coming to a stop.

Holy shit!

Getting out, he first heard the deer squealing before he saw the poor, wounded animal writhing on the black pavement. He examined the rental car—its grill was shattered, hood mangled, windshield fractured. There was even bloody fur caught in the satellite-radio antenna.

Fucking thing came out of nowhere.

He approached the wounded animal.

One large, glassy eye stared back at him in pure terror. It was trying to get up but its hind leg was bent back grotesquely. There was blood coming out of its mouth and it was shaking in a spasm.

Ted felt nauseous and wondered if he was going to throw up. He reached for his cell phone to dial 9-1-1. No service. Shit. He stepped closer. The animal’s desperate whine subsided. It was now wheezing, chest heaving, struggling at the edge of death.

It broke Ted’s heart. He felt incredibly guilty. This is all my fault. If he hadn’t gone for another cigarette maybe he could have swerved to avoid the damn thing.

There was a milky secretion coming out of the deer’s eyes. Tears?

Ted felt helpless and didn’t know what to do. Then it came to him. Put it out of its misery. It’s the humane thing to do.

He searched the side of the road, came across a good-sized rock. He picked it up with both hands—figured it was probably heavy enough to crush the animal’s skull. As he approached, the deer tried to scramble away but its hooves gained little traction on the pavement and loose gravel.

Forgive me.

With both hands, he raised the hefty rock above his head.

That big eye stared back.

I’m sorry.

He brought the rock down. The blow was not a direct hit and the deer panicked, flopping like a fish out of water. Ted picked up the rock again and brought it down with even more force. That blow disfigured the animal’s skull but it was still quivering in a violent, horrible spasm.

Shit!

Tears streaming, he picked up the rock again, hefted it high, and brought it down again with all his might. The sound was crunchy and the deer moved no more.

Finally. Thank God.

Gasping for air and now covered in sweat, Ted turned away and vomited. He could taste the cigarette in his bile.

Bent over, hands on his knees, catching his breath, he looked up, surprised to see a Ford Explorer idling forty yards up the road.

There was a faint silhouette—someone in the driver’s seat.

Wiping his mouth with his sleeve, he found it odd the SUV just sat there. He wondered how much of the incident the driver had seen. Ted moved toward it, waving his arms for help.

The Explorer backed up, spun around, and was off.

Ted watched as it disappeared around the bend. Whoever it was must have seen him killing the deer—probably spooked. The only sound was the wispy wind through the trees. He tried his cell phone again. Still no reception.

Ted returned to the rental car and discovered a flat tire. He decided he better change it before it got dark. In the meantime, hopefully, someone would come along and drive him back to civilization.

He opened the trunk and lifted the carpet. He could not believe how rinky-dink the spare tire was. He retrieved the mini jack and lug wrench, and pried the plastic hubcap off. They sure as hell don’t make cars like they used to. Moments later he had the lug nuts loose and was on one knee, struggling with the scissor jack.

That’s when he heard a loud pop beside him.

An arrow stuck out of the car’s quarter panel. Arrow? Is someone hunting deer? Then a sharp pain ripped into his back.

He spun around, reached back and felt the shaft. Fuck! A second arrow hit him in the chest. He grabbed that one’s black carbon shaft and could feel the sharp point wedged between his ribs, an icy sensation.

Oh, God! Run.

Ted made a break for the opposite side of the road. He reached the tall weeds when the third arrow ripped into his lower back and sent him tumbling. Falling hard, he drove the other arrow deeper into his chest. He tried to scramble to his feet but somehow had lost control of his legs.

I’m going to die.

Ted tried again but his legs failed him, as if stuck in mud. Heaving, in shock, his lungs burned as he heard someone approach behind him. All he could make out was a dark figure, in silhouette, standing over the fallen deer.

He watched as the figure set down the bow and picked up the rock.

Ted crawled, tried to reach the trees. Hide. Get away.

Hearing footsteps near, Ted rolled back. Hands up, defensive, he eyed the silhouette and big rock raised against the murky sky.

“I didn’t mean it … I …”

An explosion—then all went black. After the ringing in his ears faded away, he could hear a peaceful wind brushing the trees.

Then there was nothing.


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Dread Central Presents: Announcing Our First Original Title THE GOLEM

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Readers, we couldn’t be more excited to bring you this news! As you know, we’ve been acquiring and releasing movies under the Dread Central Presents label for several months now, and we have loads more titles under our belt, some announced and some yet-to-be-revealed. However, today Deadline has revealed the first original production in our Dread Central Presents library: The Golem!

Written by Ariel Cohen, The Golem is directed by the Paz Brothers, Yoav and Doron, who directed the 2015 Epic Pictures found footage hit JeruZalem. The new film, which was shot secretly in Ukraine near Kiev last year and will be released in February of 2019, follows a woman’s tight-knit Jewish community that is besieged by foreign invaders. Turning to Jewish mysticism, she conjures a dangerous creature to protect her and her people. However, her creation may be more evil than she ever imagined.

Epic Pictures Group co-founder Shaked Berenson, who acts as executive producer alongside Patrick Ewald, Epic’s other co-founder, states, “With very few horror films originating in the Middle East, the micro-budget JeruZalem tapped an underserved market for Jewish folklore. When the Paz brothers, along with writer Ariel Cohen and producer Shalom Eisenbach, approached us with The Golem, we recognized the potential, and because of our great collaboration on JeruZalem, we’re happy to jump on board this great team.

Doron Paz adds, “Having a much bigger budget this time allowed us to create the scope needed to re-tell the legend of the Golem,” while his brother, Yoav, exclaims, “We are glad to have both producer Shalom Eisenbach and Epic believe in our vision and [are] excited to get it in front [of audiences] early next year.” Footage will be shown to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Starring in the film are Hani Furstenberg (Hanna), Ishai Golan (Benjamin), Lenny Ravich (Horrovits), Brynie Furstenberg (Perla), and Alexey Tritenko (Vladimir).

At the end of last year, while I was in Israel for the 2017 Utopia Festival, I had the opportunity to meet with the Paz brothers and see unfinished footage of the film. I don’t like to get too hyped for a movie prior to seeing it in theatersm but I’ve got to tell you that this is something I’m really excited for the world to see, both on a personal level and as a fan of original horror!

Here are two exclusive images from the film!

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