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The Belko Experiment

It’s “casualty Friday” when an ordinary day at the office becomes a horrific quest for survival. Hapless employees at the Belko Corp. find themselves trapped inside their building, taunted by an ominous voice over the intercom which tells the scared-stiff staffers that two workers must be killed within 30 minutes.

This gruesome game must continue until there’s only one survivor standing. Friends become foes and new alliances form, as only the strongest will live to tell. Michael Rooker plays Bud Melks, Belko’s no-nonsense maintenance man, who is trying to find a way out of the hermetically sealed building when he comes face to face with a choice he never anticipated. We got the chance to catch up with him recently, and here’s what he had to say. (Note: spoilers.)

Dread Central: The Belko Experiment is a great “what if?” movie. As you were reading it, what did you think of the premise?

Michael Rooker: It’s explosive. You know what, it’s like wow, what would I do in that situation, and I think the audience walks away, and even during the filming, watching this movie they’re going to come away, already have that concept thinking what would I do? For example, The Walking Dead does the same thing, even if it’s more of a TV, soap opera thing, but you still come away with, what would I do in that situation? In The Belko Experiment, what the hell would you do? I mean what a dilemma.

DC: You and James Gunn, who wrote the script, go way back. Was there anything about this new story that surprised you?

MR: I was surprised that he was such a sick human being. I was, it was a page turner, it was fun read and I found it to be quite humorous. I like sardonic humor anyway and you’re stuck in this situation, what the hell, man? There’s nothing you can do, you’ve got to fight for your life, if you’re placed in that situation you have to fight for your life. You don’t have to necessarily go out looking to kill someone, which is what the voice wants you to do, you can choose not to do that but you can choose to defend yourself and that’s what you would have to do eventually.

DC: I guess it’s not a huge spoiler since pretty much everyone dies in this bloodbath… what did you think of your death scene when you first read it?

MR: You know, we talked a lot about how this would occur and there’s just so much blood in the piece, I sometimes tend to go opposite so my notes were, how about we do it in a way, because I had lines that I still had to say, so how about we do it in a really realistic, horrific way but not in blood so I really enjoyed that we were able to keep the blood out of my death scene. It was really quite rewarding and shocking, and I think a lot of people who have seen it now and when they ask the questions, they find it to be one of those pieces that surprise the hell out of them, basically.

DC: As the maintenance guy, you’re in the basement a lot and other small spaces. What was it like working in that environment? This is a pretty big cast. Well, at first anyway!

MR: You sort of start getting into the script and before you know it. The director (Greg McLean) and the AD, they had a big net for us, so if somebody went crazy, starting getting into it we’d have to net them and drag them off stage. Do you believe it?

DC: I believe every word you say! So, Greg was in charge of the net?

MR: That’s right, he was in charge of the net, he was in charge of netting individuals. It’s a fun movie though, right? I had a blast doing it and to be involved with a project that you know people are going to in, that’s just awesome.

DC: You must get offered tons of roles. What’s the tipping point or criteria that gets the yes from you?

MR: The money, it’s the money, baby. Not entirely, I’m just joking, it just depends, as an artist, an actor, you read the material and you know what? It grabs you in some way and you just want to do it, that’s all. That’s sort of the way I’ve done it my whole career because I mean, not every script you read you’re going to like and some of the ones you read are like so badly written that you say to yourself well I’ll do this, but you’re going to have to pay me this much extra because I’m going to have to re-write every page. I’ve done that before, re-written it and I don’t even want credit, I’ll pay you back money if you don’t credit me. This was not the case with The Belko Experiment. Belko was well written, by my celebrity friend James Gunn. I love working with him, we have good laughs.

The Belko Experiment

The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (“The Newsroom,” 10 Cloverfield Lane), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, “Scrubs”), Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station).

The Belko Experiment explores a twisted social experiment, in which a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

The Belko Experiment

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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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