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The Wolfman and Black Swan Take Home Oscars



While it was a fairly slow night for horror at the “83rd Annual Academy Awards”, a couple of genre flicks did manage to take home some gold, and for that we are thankful!

Rick Baker and Dave Elsey took home the coveted award for their make-up work on The Wolfman, and while the movie kind of sucked, there’s no doubt that the film was home to some amazing creature effects. Now if only the powers that be would have let Baker do a proper transformation instead of that CGI hack-job we got served.

Also a winner tonight is Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which saw an Oscar for Natalie Portman, who won for Best Actress.

Congrats to everyone who won — and for the love of God, fire this year’s writers and next year hire a comedian to host. Something wrong with bringing back Stewart? Maybe Conan? The crazy Jewish lady who interrupted one of last year’s winners during his acceptance speech? Or how about anyone who can bring some life to what was tonight’s truly dull affair. You know shit is bad when you have to resort to bringing back the long dead spirit of Bob Hope to liven things up.

The Wolfman and Black Swan Take Home Oscars


Arguably the only thing that made tonight’s presentation even remotely tolerable was host James Franco’s bizarre need to constantly be staring off to the right and the hilarious and at times very wrong live tweeting by The Foywonder, which we’ve brought to you below via chronological transcript. Enjoy.

My master control job is requiring me to run the Academy Awards. Please God, don’t let there be any musical numbers.

Did the producer of the Oscars used to play Ralph Malph on Happy Days?

The only Oscar broadcast I’ve ever enjoyed was the one in Naked Gun 3. These award shows need more Phil Donahue rampages.

That opening monologue of Franco and Hathaway introducing their relatives makes me take back what I said about not wanting musical numbers

Kirk Douglas is truly a legend but listening to him present an award is as sad & painful as Dick Clark still doing the New Year’s countdown

And the Oscar goes to Melissa Leo – not for The Fighter but as a belated award for her role as “Cookie” the hooker in 1985’s Streetwalkin’

Was that look on Melissa Leo’s face because she couldn’t believe she won or because she couldn’t understand whose name Kirk Douglas read?

Brolin & Bardem’s ice cream suits just blew out the chroma at my workplace. Thanks Oscars!

Will Aaron Sorkin thank the guy who sells him hallucinogenic mushrooms?

Do people realize that the Oscar winning writer of The King’s Speech last screenwriting gig was Kung Fu Killer starring David Carradine?

The only thing I ever want to see Russell Brand in is the woodchipper from Fargo.

I hope they try to play Christian Bale off during his acceptance speech and he dives into the orchestra pit in a rage-fueled rampage.

Notice that the director didn’t have the cajones to play Bale off even as he began to ramble on? They know better.

Only in Mississippi would a monster truck jam purchase local commercial time during the Academy Awards.

The Academy Awards are rated TV-14? The sudden appearance of that rating in the corner of the screen was all Melissa Leo’s fault, wasn’t it?

Is it my imagination or are there barnacles growing on Cate Blanchett’s dress?

They should have included me in that montage so I could declare my love for the Maniac Cop 2 closing credits rap

Every Randy Newman song sounds like every other Randy Newman song. He’s the Firehouse of Oscar nominated song makers.

Time for the performing of the Best Song nominees. Or as I call it: Bathroom Break!

Amy Adams is dressed like she’ll soon be forced to marry Lo Pan.

Holy crap! Horshak just won an Oscar!

Oh, please, please, please let Banksy sneak on stage and tag Oprah’s big ass!

This Oscar show has been so terrible I hear Roger Ebert just ripped off his prosthetic chin and flung it at his TV screen in disgust.

Randy Newman just won for recording the same song he’s sung for the last decade and a half.

Celine Dion singing over the “In Memoriam” montage only makes me wish I was a part of it.

This just in: Banksy has left the Kodak Theater but he did not exit through the gift shop. ***RIMSHOT*** See, I could be writing this show.

I think one of Doctor Who’s incarnations just won Best Director.

Francis Ford Coppola gets the lifetime achievement award for producing the Jeepers Creepers movies. Horror fans and NAMBLA both thank you.

The next co-worker that asks me if the Oscars will end on time will suffer a fate worse than having to sit through this intolerable show.

I was hoping Natalie Portman would thank the green screens from the Star Wars prequels.

Colin Firth’s acceptance speech was as dull and drawn out as this whole show has felt. Now I’m asking myself how much time this has left.

How cool would it be if when Harvey Weinstein takes the stage Spielberg suckerpunches him for stealing Saving Private Ryan’s best pic Oscar?

If only this childrens choir was out there singing the Oscar winning song “It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow.

And with the show now over Anne Hathaway can finally go backstage to be hooked up to that Valium IV she’s been needing for three hours.

One of the closing credits was “VOICE OF BOB HOPE” and it was not credited to Bob Hope? WTF?

It’s finally over. I think I posted more tonight than I have the whole time I’ve been on Twitter. I swear I will never do it again.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3



“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.


A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie



One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review



Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith

I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

  • Trick or Treat (1986) 3.5


Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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