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Dread hit the Los Angeles premiere of director Robert O’Hara’s Gothic horror-thriller The Inheritance this past Friday night at the Culver Plaza Theatre and brought back exclusive interviews with the film’s vivacious producer Effie T. Brown as well as with the feature’s star Keith David (John Carpenter’s The Thing).

Debuting as part of the Pan African Film Festival (the flick has scored awards at several film fests, including ‘Winner of Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor’ at 2010’s American Black Film Fest), The Inheritance bows to DVD and Blu-ray on April 12, 2011 from One Village Entertainment.

Speaking with Dread, producer Brown said of the sway (as indicated in the press notes) of The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby on her film (which revolves around five ambitious cousins who gather at their family’s homestead to claim an inheritance, only to find themselves thrust into a world of terrifying rituals, trances and demonic possessions as they compete for the share of the mysterious family fortune), “They were influences. They did affect us. Robert (O’Hara) and I love horror movies, but one of the things we find in them is that the black folks always die first, which is a bit of a joke. We are not really (often) the main characters. We die within the first fifteen minutes, like, ‘Oh, there’s color,’ and then we die. In this film, we are there at the bitter end.

As for the film’s supernatural antagonist Chakabazz (portrayed by Lanre Idewu), who orchestrates the peril the film’s predominately African American cast find themselves in (Adriane Lenox, Golden Brooks, Shawn Michael Howard, Rochelle Aytes, D.B. Woodside and Darrin Dewitt Henson also appear), Brown said, “What we wanted to do as well is that we realized that cinema once had Candyman, which was brilliant, but what happened? I mean there’s Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers and all of these other iconic characters, and now all we have is Flavor Flav (in reference to Nite Tales: The Series)? Do you feel me? So we wanted to do a film that’s funny but also has some real terror, and we wanted to do a film that has people of color in it. It’s definitely a film that is universal, though. So that’s what we were going for.

As for the inception of the script, “Robert and I were sitting around talking about horror films and what we wanted to see, and the lack thereof. We had the script for a little while, and it had been optioned by other companies, but somehow it didn’t really take off. They had wanted to make it really, really funny, and not to get on a soapbox, but just because black folks are in it, they seemed to feel that it has to be a comedy, and that’s not what we wanted. The acting in it is really superb. It’s approached very seriously, although the situations they sometimes find themselves in are occasionally and intentionally kind of laughable. It’s the whole thing when you start shutting off the options the characters have, and it’s all really based on a real fear and horror. I’m really happy about that.

The end-game for this is that we want to franchise it, so we are hoping that people will like it enough to join us on Facebook and the website so that we can keep doing more and more of these. I really want to build this brand of The Inheritance. Our villain Chakabazz is multi-layered, and it’s about a wealthy black family with history, so we have myriad places which we could go within this family’s story.

Speaking with the baritone-voiced David Keith (who plays ‘Uncle Melvin’ in the film), the prolific actor and horror vet (in addition to The Thing, he is familiar to genre fans for his turns in They Live, Pitch Black and the currently-running television series “The Cape”) said, “Usually in a horror movie you don’t see much of a transition, and this is not that. There’s an interesting spiral and disintegration of the characters, and I think The Inheritance does it wonderfully. You are able to associate with it.

Producer Brown and Keith’s next project will be a film based in the world of mixed martial arts. For more on The inheritance, visit the flick on Facebook and at The Inheritance website.

Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
Producer Effie T. Brown

Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
Adriane Lenox

Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
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Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
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Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance

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

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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

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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

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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!

Synopsis:

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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