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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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More Horror TV in the Works: The Butcher on Crackle and The Demons of Dorian Gunn on Pop

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“TV” doesn’t just mean the typical broadcast networks we all grew up watching anymore; now there are outlets with snappy names like Crackle and Pop (sorry, couldn’t resist), and over the last couple of days both of them have announced new horror projects in the works.

Read on for the early details on Pop’s supernatural comedy pilot “The Demons of Dorian Gunn” and Crackle’s “The Butcher,” both of which were announced during the Television Critics Association’s Winter 2018 Press Tour and have some very familiar names behind them.

About “The Demons of Dorian Gunn”:
Pop’s new supernatural comedy pilot “The Demons of Dorian Gunn,” executive produced by Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad,” “Jessica Jones”) and JAX Media, will star Jeffery Self (“Search Party”), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2/3), H. Jon Benjamin (“Archer”), Lateefah Holder (“Disjointed,” “Transparent”), and Kyle Harris (“Stitchers,” “High Maintenance”).

Written by Evan Greenspoon and Brandon Scott Jones (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), “The Demons of Dorian Gunn” follows disgraced New York socialite Dorian Gunn, who discovers he’s descended from a long line of demon hunters and is forced to abandon his life of leisure to protect humanity from monsters as they emerge from the gates of hell.

Pilot production for the series kicks off this month in New York City.

Jeffrey Self stars as antihero Dorian Gunn. After the mysterious death of his parents, Dorian’s gluttonous life as a celebutante has been in a downward spiral plagued with booze-filled antics that threaten his status with the family business. Although he desperately just wants to be a B-list celebrity, Dorian soon realizes his privileged life is going to become a bit more complicated by the fact he’s a Guardian destined to protect the world from demons.

Chrissie Fit stars as Leonie Crofton-Sears, Dorian’s mortal frenemy. Best friends since childhood, Leonie is the charming, trendy, and charismatic older sister Dorian wished he always had. She seems lovely until you remember those are also the traits of a sociopath. Leonie soon realizes she, too, comes from a magical linage – the cruel catch, she’s Dorian’s evil counterpart destined to bring demons through the Gate that Dorian is meant to defend.

H. Jon Benjamin plays Wormwood, a demon tasked with maintaining the balance of good and evil by overseeing the Guardians sworn to protect the living from demonic forces. Albeit begrudgingly, Wormwood serves as a guide to help Dorian and the other Guardians fulfill their destinies, proving good and evil are not always black and white.

Lateefah Holder stars as the straight shooter Amy Bugda, Dorian’s court-appointed addiction sponsor who quickly becomes his indispensable right-hand woman. Her moral compass rarely points in the wrong direction, so demon hunter or no, Dorian’s sobriety will not go unchecked. Her inability to stray from a righteous path can be frustrating at times, but her kind heart makes her a breath of fresh air.

Kyle Harris stars as Trip Chapman, the embodiment of white privilege. A filthy-rich, power-hungry 20-something-year-old, he was recently appointed acting executive director of the Greenwich Club by his ailing father. With this title, Trip is now guarding the one gate Dorian, Leonie, and their wealthy cohorts desperately want to enter.

“The Demons of Dorian Gunn” is written by Evan Greenspoon and Brandon Scott Jones and executive produced by Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns of JAX Media, Kara Welker of Generate, and actor Krysten Ritter through her production company Silent Machine. John Skidmore serves as producer. Mike Poisson and Peggy Cheng from Silent Machine serve as co-executive producers. Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate.

About “The Butcher”:
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ free ad-supported streaming network, has announced plans to partner with award-winning producers Douglas Urbanski and Gary Oldman of Flying Studio Pictures on the original drama “The Butcher.”

Written by Charles Burmeister (Columbus Day), “The Butcher” is a modern story of one man’s epic investigation to find, hunt down, and kill a serial killer who lives among us — someone who is very human, but also beyond human. Along the way the story’s hero, a hardened Los Angeles homicide detective named Mitch Dixon, must uncover the mystery of who The Butcher is, how he operates, and come to terms with the unbelievable truth — that he has discovered the key to immortality, the price of which is consuming human flesh.

In a joint statement, Urbanski and Oldman said: “We are incredibly pleased to be working with the wonderful creative team at Crackle on this unusual and hopefully gripping and creepy show as part of our effort to expand our creative energies beyond motion pictures and into the land of streaming television. ‘The Butcher’ marks our first step in bringing entertainment directly into our homes, and we could not be happier with the collaboration.”

Eric Berger, GM of Crackle and CDO, Sony Pictures Television Networks, added: “Viewers are obsessed with the supernatural; and we see an opportunity, in partnership with Gary, Douglas, and Charles, to introduce fans to a new kind of narrative around the genre. It’s a privilege to work with some of the best in the business, and we look forward to working closely with such an incredibly talented team in the months ahead.”

The two also recently partnered on a series of vampire novels from Simon & Schuster/Atria.

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Rest in Peace: Dolores O’Riordan

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Sad and shocking news has come in from the music world as Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has been found dead at the all too young age of just 46.

According to the Associated Press, the singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording. “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

London’s Metropolitan Police were summoned to a hotel just after 9:00 AM today. As of now her death is classified as “unexplained.”

During her career, O’Riordan provided music for the short film Z, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Evilenko, and many more films and television projects. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Dolores’ family members, friends, and constituents.

If you, if you could return. Don’t let it burn. Don’t let it fade.

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Dread Central Presents’ Villmark Asylum is on Amazon Prime!

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Today marks a very exciting day for us here at Dread Central as Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum has hit Amazon Prime! This marks the first official release of a Dread Central Presents title and we can’t wait to hear what you all think! If you’ve got Amazon Prime, you can watch the film for free as part of your Prime subscription. Also, if you do check it out, we ask that you please leave a review on Amazon with your honest thoughts. If you hated it, let us know! If you loved it, great! Whatever your thoughts on the film might be, we want to know them.

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be hosting double feature screenings of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight and Turbo Kid later this month. You can find all details here.

Directed by Øie, Villmark Asylum stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Baard Owe.

Synopsis:
A crew of five hazardous waste workers are sent to a massive, abandoned sanatorium deep in the mountains. But their routine assignment takes a dark turn when they encounter the building’s terrifying past.

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