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Ethan Embry Gives Us The Unholy Details On The Devil’s Candy



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I’m pretty sure it was a toss up, and I’m really trying to remember the first time I ever saw Ethan Embry on-screen – it was either his role as the infinitely nerdy Preston Myers in Can’t Hardly Wait, or one of the revolving Rusty Griswalds in Vegas Vacation. Having a penchant for playing these types of underdog roles early on in his career only readied himself for some weightier portrayals, and he’s managed to latch onto more than a few gigs in the horror scheme of things, with roles in projects such as Vacancy, the “Masters Of Horror” series on Showtime, “Fear Itself” on NBC, and even a quick stint on AMC’s blockbuster hit, “The Walking Dead.”

But his latest role in The Devil’s Candy (review) is one of those unforgettable performances that must be seen to truly enjoy, and he was gracious enough to give us a few moments to discuss the film, as well as his future projects.

DC: For starters, can you tell us a little about the film, as well as of your character, Jesse?

EE: The Devil’s Candy is a love story, man! It’s a movie about family…and the devil. (laughs) When I went into making it, that’s how I approached it – at the top of the script, I wrote “this is a love story”, so every time I opened it, I saw him as just this regular dude who was in love with his family, just trying to do they best he could by them. So for me, that’s how I always approached it – now with the soundtrack, the editing, and all the other special shit that Sean (Byrne) put on it, it was like a metal rollercoaster. It’s not really a love story (laughs).

DC: We can let everyone make their own interpretations on that one!

EE: Yeah! I’m like a flutist, just doing my little bit, way in the back of the orchestra!

DC: So what was it about this role that hooked you? Can you see a little bit of yourself in Jesse?

EE: I’ve made a living playing characters that are a bit further away from who I actually am, and this was an opportunity that when I first read it, I thought “this is great – I can convey something a bit closer to what Ethan really is.” I didn’t have to worry about cleaning myself up, and I could get a little dirtier. In the script, the music that Sean had written in the scene that we’re listening to on the radio – in that music, you can hear the world, and I could trust that he had good taste, and that made me want to work with him.

DC: You mentioned earlier that you were able to get a bit dirtier with this role – how was the filming? Looked as if things got pretty physical on set.

EE: Yeah, it got REALLY physical, which I love doing – I love getting a little beat up, bruised and out of breath on set, and as far as Jesse’s look – I wanted him rail-thin, but he still had to look strong enough to handle it when he needs to. So for about a year before we even started shooting, I woke up every morning and went running, and at that time I was still smoking like an idiot, and I’d sort of let myself turn into an old man, so luckily I had enough preparation with this one. So often, we get a script for a film, and we’re shooting 2 weeks after we run our first read, and the things you want to do, such as prepare for that physicality, you don’t get the chance to do.

DC: Over the course of your career, you’ve split a lot of time between film and TV roles – what do you see as the biggest difference between the two as far as role preparation goes?

EE: I think the difference between film and TV is a lot narrower now than it used to be, and I think that’s coming from the idea that television is up there with the expectations of film. The audience expects something complex as a film every week, and just my opinion, I think the change happened when writers saw that on a TV set, that they were the boss (the producer) – he’s the guy that runs the whole show. Instead of toiling over one story that you tell over the course of 90 pages, you can tell this huge arc 60 pages at a time, spread out over the course of 5 years. You can also write these incredibly in-depth characters, and I think that it’s the writers that first got attracted to the world of television, and because of those characters and stories and that talent, it started attracting directors and actors into the field as well, and some of the best dramatic stuff that we have right now is coming out of an episodic presentation. I also think that another huge difference is the gap between comedy and drama, and maybe I’m lazy with my comedy, and if you look at the comedic characters that I’ve played – the nerdy underdog types – they’re the guys that go to prom alone or with their mom (laughs).

DC: You’ve had a lot of roles playing the guy that deep-down, everyone’s rooting for.

EE: Yeah, and I think that it’s an accidental by-product, and for me it’s naivety, so I fall back on that alot, and to be that naive you can’t be all that aware of what’s going on. You have to shorten your vision so as to not see that far in advance, and you have to shorten your memory as well – comedy, emotionally-wise is a lot better for me. I’ve been doing “Grace and Frankie” for 4 years now, and I’m so happy. After filming The Devil’s Candy, there were a few things that gave me high-anxiety for a few months – I was worried how I’d affected Kiara (Glasco), my co-star, and there were a few separate things that came back and stuck with me, which is good because I did something artistic – not only did I make something that I hope people will enjoy, but it was also something that sort of changed who I am. Maybe I am an artist! (laughs)

DC: Lastly, after the release of this film, what can fans expect to see from you down the road?

EE: There’s one that’s coming up, and it’s not really horror, and not really thriller, but it’s playing at those festivals – it’s called Fashionista, directed by Simon Rumley, starring Amanda Fuller – we did that last summer, and it’s a very uncomfortable film. It’s about addiction and body image – how Amanda’s character sees herself, and twists it, making it horrific. So, you’re going to love it, or you’re going to fucking hate it (laughs.) I just hope I get to keep doing it (acting) – when you finish a film, you’re unemployed more often that you’re employed, that’s why I think that actors should do tours or something (laughs).

DC: If you ever feel as if you’ve gone as far as you can go with the acting, could you see yourself potentially jumping into the directorial pool?

EE: I could. I would really love to, and I’m sure at some point it’s going to have to go there, especially if I keep getting tattoos! (laughs) – I’m afraid of writing, and it really is just a fear because it’s very solitary – when you write, it’s just you – being an actor on the set, it’s a collaborative effort, and both the praise and the blame get spread around, but when you’re a writer, it’s all on you, and that scares me. I’m either going to be financially secure, or really poor – we’ll find out! (laughs)

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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