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HorrorCon UK 2017 Set to Feature a Trip Down Elm Street and Sid Haig!

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HorrorCon UK is back with a bang for all you gorehounds over in England next month; and this third edition, which will once again take place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre (on Sheffield Road in Rotherham), will be dedicated to all things macabre and looks set to be the best yet.

Hold on to your machetes and your clown costumes because HorrorCon UK has secured the one and only Sid Haig as a guest this year, which is so awesome we’ll say it again… Sid Haig is coming to the UK! The veteran actor has starred in just about every iconic television show and movie you can think of. He has been on our screens for almost 60 years, starring in original classic shows such as “Batman,” “Star Trek,” “Gunsmoke,” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

In the 70s he got his fingers dirty, starring in a succession of some of the most infamous exploitation movies of all time… think Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Black Mama, White Mama. The most recent generation has been exposed to Haig through Quentin Tarantino and Rob Zombie. Tarantino cast Haig twice in his movies, first with 1997’s Jackie Brown and again seven years later in Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

But it was Zombie who threw Haig into the horror limelight when he cast him as a crazy clown, named after a character originally played by Groucho Marx, the one and only Captain Spaulding. Haig played Spaulding twice – first in Zombie’s brilliant directorial debut, House of 1000 Corpses, and again in the equally awesome sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. Though the movies are only a little over a decade old, Haig’s performances are known to horror fans as so outstanding they are already referenced in the “classic” sense.

Haig has gone on to continue his horror career by starring in such movies as The Inflicted, Bone Tomahawk, the yet to be released but highly anticipated Death House, as well as two other Rob Zombie efforts: Halloween and The Lords of Salem.

Haig will undoubtedly be a huge draw, but catch your breath because also at HorrorCon UK will be Heather Langenkamp, the one and only Nancy Thompson from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. She starred, of course, as Freddy Krueger’s original nemesis in the 1984 classic. Three years later she returned in arguably one of the finest horror sequels of all time and then went on to appear in Wes Craven’s out of the box meta bastard son version of his own franchise, New Nightmare, which was actually the scariest Elm Street film since the first one. Langenkamp has gone on to appear in ”American Horror Story” and the upcoming tenth installment of Hellraiser.

Feeling spoiled yet? Well, how about having the chance to meet David Warner, who will also be at HorrorCon UK? The legendary actor has starred in horror classics such as The Omen, The Company of Wolves, and the 80s TV movie Frankenstein. Warner also appeared in the much loved 80s classic Waxwork and John Carpenter’s 1994 shocker In the Mouth of Madness. The Englishman was most recently seen in ”Penny Dreadful” as Abraham van Helsing.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, as the one and only Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, will also be making an appearance over the festive weekend. What Peterson has done for women in horror is insurmountable, and the hostess with the mostest will be welcomed with open arms, that’s for sure.

John Jarratt is also set to appear, Jarratt will be known to horror fans as serial killer Mick Taylor from the Wolf Creek franchise. British actress Linda Hayden, most famous in the horror genre for Hammer horror’s Taste the Blood of Dracula and the chilling The Blood on Satan’s Claw, will also appear over the weekend.

Even more guests are rumored to be on their way, and HorrorCon UK will play host once again to Scare Play, where fans will dress up as their icons to win prizes. The weekend of May 13-14 is set to be a horror fan’s Christmas come early, and you can get tickets and inquire about exclusive photo ops with guests at ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/horrorcon-2017.

 

 

 

 

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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Film Will Be Dark and Scary

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s 90’s kid’s horror anthology “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. I even own the entire series on DVD with some of my favorite episodes being “Laughing the Dark” and “Dead Man’s Float”.

It is with this in mind, we are excited as hell to pass along the news that the classic series will be making it’s way to the big screen in the near future!

Gary Dauberman the screenwriter behind such recent horror hits as IT, Annabelle: Creation and The Nun has been tasked with penning the script for the new feature film.

“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones,” Dauberman told THR. “We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”

The flick will be hitting us via producer Matt Kaplan (The Darkness) and Paramount’s new division Paramount Players. Which is headed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) and will work with Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET to generate projects.

Did you watch “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as a kid on Snick? What’re your favorite episodes? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

We will let you know as soon as we hear more on Are You Afraid of the Dark? so stay tuned! Until then, you can buy the entire series on DVD starting right HERE!

Synopsis:

This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods, where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.

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