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Dread Central Partners with Epic Pictures Group to Bring Experience to the Next Level



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It was back in early December when we revealed to the world that we here at Dread Central, like many other websites, were on the brink of extinction. With nowhere else to go short of folding, we turned to you guys… our readers and our life’s blood. For the past several months you’ve kept us going via Patreon, and that is something we will NEVER forget.

Several months later it became apparent that we weren’t going to make our goal of $6k per month. What you contributed, combined with what we had left, got us here to this point. You lifted us up on your shoulders and carried us through. But then the end was near, and we knew we needed a miracle.

The miracle came in the form of Epic Pictures Group, the company behind such incredible indie hits as Turbo Kid, Tales of Halloween, Big Ass Spider!, and many more. Epic had a plan to partner with us, while keeping us autonomous and preserving the voice and integrity of the site that you’ve all come to love and rely on.

Epic Pictures

With them in our corner not only can we keep doing what we do, but now we’re also able to up our ante. Look for all manner of cool things to be coming your way, from a far more user-friendly experience to an incredible mobile site and tons of original content.

You’ll also be seeing, and may have already noticed, some new faces posting on the site like Jonathan Barkan (who’s working tirelessly at SXSW) and, we’re happy to announce, Fangoria alumn Tony Timpone. This is the beginning of an exciting new era for us and them, and we’re all so happy to have you guys along for the ride!

In the coming weeks you can expect more announcements, including what will become of the Patreon page. We still think that initiative has value, and there’s lots of room to explore it. Ultimately, you can expect us to make sure that the right thing is done by all of you.

Thank you again… so very much… for your love, patience, support, and lunacy,

The Dread Central Family

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From the Press Release:
During this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, Epic Pictures Group, one of the premier distributors of new and exciting horror projects, and long-time genre cornerstone Dread Central Media announced a new partnership that is set to take the horror genre by storm. The announcement was made during a special dinner for SXSW’s Midnight filmmakers, which is hosted annually by Epic.

Epic is partnering with Dread Central to extend the imprint of their horror presences, both online and off, by delivering an all-new user experience tailored to the needs of the reader and fan.

“For several years now Epic Pictures has been tirelessly delivering fans new and incredible genre films such as Turbo Kid, Nina Forever, and of course, Tales of Halloween,” says Steve Barton, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Dread Central Media, LLC. “They’ve become a true leader in the field, and with them in our corner we can now finally bring Dread Central to the next level and create a space for horror enthusiasts online that they can truly call their own. Fans can expect some truly innovative experiences on both their desktops and mobile devices in the near future along with original content that only we can deliver.”

Epic Pictures Co-Founder Shaked Berenson adds, “Epic and Dread Central share a common goal of connecting independent horror filmmakers to their fans. With access to Epic’s strong distribution channels and capital, Dread Central will be able to provide more content to its fans, while remaining completely independent.”

Patrick Ewald, Epic’s CEO, says, “Dread Central has been my go-to horror site since its inception over a decade ago. The opportunity to work with the amazing Steve Barton and Jon Condit, as well as previous Epic film collaborators Buz Wallick and Andrew Kasch, is a natural progression in Epic’s ongoing commitment to keeping genre film an always evolving and terrifying experience for a worldwide audience.”

Says Jon Condit, Co-Founder of Dread Central, “We are looking forward to a terrifying partnership with Epic Pictures, whose involvement and shared vision will allow us to pursue features and developments on the site that put the fans first. This new endeavor will open up the possibility of making much needed improvements to our user experience and content offerings that were previously just out of reach for a small indie team of horror lovers.”

Tony Timpone, a long-time staple in the horror community who recently moved his fan screenings series to be hosted by Dread Central, states, “The best horror website teaming with the best indie genre company is a match made in horror heaven!”

This is just the start of something truly frightening and fun! Hold on tight!

Epic Midnighters Dinner

The Annual SXSW Midnighters Dinner

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre



This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary



Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.


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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam



Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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