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10 Awesome Movies You Might Have Forgotten About

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Black Sheep

It feels as though we see more horror films hit the market with each year that sprints by. The genre isn’t just growing, it’s thriving: Get Out just made nearly $200 million at the box office; Kong: Skull Island raked in nearly $560 million worldwide; Split did about $275 million worldwide. All three of those pictures, for the record, are top 10 earners (thus far) in 2017.

It isn’t likely that we’ll forget any one of those films (all of which, for the record, are exceptional), but there are an awful lot of lower budget indie films and foreign pieces that go unnoticed entirely or slip from our memories with alarming frequently, lost in a structure loaded with too many movie memories to count.

Well, we’re looking to dig up bones for our wonderful readers. If you spot even one single film on this list that you enjoyed but had forgotten about, then we’ve succeeded in doing our job. So sit back and dive in – you’re more than encouraged to take notes. We don’t want these beauties dropping from your radar again!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter wasn’t a stellar picture, technically speaking, but it was one hell of an entertaining adventure loaded with cool action sequences, surprisingly impressive character exploration, and a general concept that is absolutely mind-boggling. Throw in the fact that it’s a period piece. and you’ve only got more greatness to anticipate. All that said, the film simply shouldn’t work, given how far out it is, but it does work. It’s swift, slick, and savage in the right moments; and it deserves a place on your frequent watch list.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

After Midnight
One of the more uncommon anthologies out there, Jim and Ken Wheat’s 1989 offering After Midnight has a couple of downright awesome segments. But the movie’s greatest success lies within the picture’s wraparound, which is – quite simply put – amazing. There’s no need to spoil this one, but know that you’ll get a good mix of content, and though a lot of it feels familiar, a lot of it also feels like a perfect example of the 1980s, captured seamlessly and immortalized for all to revisit.

After Midnight

Asylum Blackout
The year 2011 gave us some stellar pictures. Among those top-notch efforts was Asylum Blackout, a criminally underrated piece about a cooking crew trapped in an insane asylum when the residents break free of their confines and take to slaughtering the staff. It’s dark, it’s eerie, it relies on brewing dread as opposed to cheap jump scares, and it also boasts riveting performances from Rupert Evans and the perfectly sinister Richard Brake. If you’re after an indie flick with an enormous heart, you should look into Asylum Blackout.

Asylum Blackout

Attack the Block
Another one of the treasures that landed in our laps in 2011 was Joe Cornish’s frenetic invasion flick Attack the Block. It’s a blast of a film, stuffed full of witty humor, killer special effects, and characters we can really care about (seriously, if Moses didn’t you over, you probably flatlined long ago). The aliens themselves look terrific, and the mountain of conflicts introduced in the movie is resolved in satisfying fashion. Those who are after a somewhat atypical invasion film will find that Attack the Block is a surprise hit of the sub-genre.

Attack the Block

Black Sheep
No one should need to sell you on the idea of a movie about killer sheep. That’s an idea that does a pretty good job of marketing itself. But the beauty behind Jonathan King’s outlandish comedy is the fact that it truly is hilarious. There’s some potentially offensive material in the film, which won’t work for the thin-skinned, but if you’re not overly sensitive and you get a kick out of bold horror comedies, Black Sheep is a real must-see.

Black Sheep

The City of Lost Children
Back in 1995 Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet joined forces to treat us to one of the most aesthetically pleasing genre films in existence, The City of Lost Children. The story itself is wildly dark, focusing on a madman who kidnaps children in order to steal their dreams, but the picture as a whole never feels overtly taboo or too risqué. Rather, this one is strangely innocent in vibe (a perfectly played counter to the bleakness of the plot), very engaging with some superb performances from Ron Perlman and Dominique Pinon, and heavy on atmosphere that’s certain to unsettle.

City of Lost Children

Dead Heat
How in the world can anyone forget a supernatural action piece with Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo in the lead roles? Okay, don’t answer that. This totally forgotten ‘80s beast is fun from the get-go and features some slick practical effects work, and that’s what matters. It isn’t the easiest film to track down anymore, but the small cult following the flick has is more than deserved. If you get the chance, refresh your memory with a return visit to Dead Heat.

Dead Heat

Grabbers
Any movie that offers us the idea that intoxication is the key to survival is a movie that’s a-okay in my book. Jon Wright’s gorgeous monster movie has flown under the radar for years, but it’s a terrific little picture with some hilarious laughs and kick-ass characters waiting to win you over. The visual effects are heavy, but they’re surprisingly well assembled for a film that doesn’t look as though it enjoyed the benefits of an enormous budget. Grabbers is a piece you need to see; it’s also most definitely one of the finest Irish horror pics out there, no debate.

Grabbers

Severance
Christopher Smith has put together some downright badass movies (see Creep, Triangle, Detour, and Black Death), but the very best of his ledger is right here for the taking. Severance is a mind-bender of a film that drops a group of traveling employees in the middle of nowhere, where strange happenings abound and something lurks just beyond eyesight. This is a slick picture that toys with every trope you know, right before yanking the rug from under our feet and spinning a web we never see coming. It’s intelligent, the cast is Grade A in regards to pure talent, and the final act is one of the best we’ve seen in the last few decades.

Severance

The Windmill
Believe it or not, The Windmill is probably the best slasher to see release since the first two Cold Prey movies shocked audiences 11 and 9 years ago, respectively. The film is typically well written, and the cinematography is just gorgeous. The idea behind the film, the special effects – both practical and digital, and the menacing antagonist introduced to audiences are all top-notch. It won’t be easy for any of the younger screen villains to develop enormous followings and longevity, a la the big three (Myers, Voorhees, and Krueger), but if there’s one out there that stands a chance, it’s the crazy miller who likes to mow down the unsuspecting with an enormous scythe. And yes, the movie is every bit as cool as it sounds.

The Windmill

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Attention, ALL readers of Dread Central! Yes, that’s right… every one of you across the globe! We’re helping our pals over at Blue Underground with a contest where they will be giving a Blu-ray copy of Death Line and Deathdream to one of you! To enter, all you have to do is use the form below; and you’re all set!

Also, to learn more about the titles, simply click on the names, and you’ll be taken to Blue Underground’s website, where you can see specifics about each film!

To reiterate, this contest is open to people across the globe. Anyone, anywhere, can enter. However, the contest ends next Tuesday, May 1st, at 12 midnight ET, so make sure you enter before then!

Death Line:
When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence of Halloween) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims… and a new mate.

Deathdream:
In this shattering variation on The Monkey’s Paw, grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award nominees John Marley of The Godfather and Lynn Carlin of Faces) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas) and written by Alan Ormsby (Deranged), Deathdream was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

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ALTERED PERCEPTION Opens in Theaters and on VOD/Digital in May

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We’ve been telling you about Altered Perception, from Blanc/Biehn Productions, for a while now; and today we have some exciting news to share.  The film is heading to limited theaters and will also be hitting VOD/Digital early next month. The full list of theaters, several stills, and more details can be found below.  In addition, you can watch the trailer at the top of the page.

The cast includes Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Nichola Fynn, Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Ziff, Mark Burnham, Hallie Jordan, and Ehmrys Cooper. The producers are Danielle Artigo and Dylan Matlock with executive producers Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Jon Huertas, Hallie Jordan, Steve Romano (who also served as Director of Photography), and Lony Ruhmann.

Altered Perception was written by Travis Romero, creator of the USA series White Collar, with Jon Huertas and Jennifer Blanc (story by Romero). SKD acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller, which was directed by Kate Rees Davies in her feature-length debut, and Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on May 4th with a DVD release to follow in June 2018.

Here are the Altered Perception theater locations:

  • Laemmle Music Hall – Los Angeles
  • AMC Woodridge 18 – Chicago
  • Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley – Dallas
  • Studio Movie Grill Pearland – Houston
  • AMC Aventura Mall – Miami
  • AMC Southfield – Detroit
  • AMC Arizona Center – Phoenix
  • Emagine Lakeville 21 – Minneapolis
  • Studio Movie Grill – Tampa
  • Tower City Cinemas – Cleveland

Synopsis:
When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

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When Does That DEATH WISH Remake Hit Blu-ray?

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I don’t know about you but I went ahead and skipped Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis in theaters. But I do plan to check it out on Blu-ray.

And speaking of which today we have word that the film will be hitting 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

You can check out the cover art to the right and the full list of special features below and then let us know if you plan to own the film on Blu-ray in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is a remake of the Charles Bronson-led 1974 film of the same name, which itself was based on Brian Garfield’s original novel. This film is directed by Eli Roth from a script written by Joe Carnahan and stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, and Kimberly Elise.

It hits 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

Special Features:

  • Commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Mancow Morning Show Extended Scenes
  • Sway in the Morning Extended Scene
  • Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish
  • Grindhouse Trailer

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Synopsis:

Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city’s violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media’s attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel — or the Grim Reaper itself.

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