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Exclusive: Get Your Italo-Giallo Funk On With Confrontational’s Boys Cover Featuring Tobias Bernstrup

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The days are getting longer, the temperature is rising, and there’s a skip in my step whenever I go outside. Yup, it’s about to be summer! For those of you who aren’t exactly thrilled about the impending hot months, we’ve got something that we think will put a smile on your face!

We’ve teamed up with Italian synthwave badass Confrontational to bring you his awesome cover of Sabrina’s “Boys (Summertime Love)”, which features Swedish artist/musician Tobias Bernstrup on vocals. The track will be a free download on the darkwave compilation Sparkles in the Dark Vol. IV, which comes out today!

Confrontational tells Dread Central:

Growing up in Italy around the 80’s, two very Italian things got especially hardwired in my brain: giallo slashers and the italo-disco sound. It was in the air, by all means unavoidable.The Sabrina Salerno smash hit Boys was receiving heavy rotation in the summer of 1987 on every local radio. The power of that starting funk riff has stayed with me throughout the decades in an almost subliminal way, as much as that catchy synth line and chorus. Sabrina appeared on Lamberto Bava’s Delirium that same year – and it was actually the first slasher movie I can remember seeing, ever. That track and movie somehow merged seamlessly in my imagination – I was transfixed at 5 years old!

Throughout the sessions for A Dance of Shadows in 2015 I would daydream about crafting a remix for Sabrina that I could infuse with a giallo vibe – bringing those same “fun & sun” lyrics to a whole different setting. During those same days I also came across Tobias Bernstrup’s Killing Spree from 2005 (probably the first retrowave album ever?), and I was mesmerized – it’s a hugely influential work for me. So both Sabrina and Tobias informed part of the writing process, and that’s how the song Flat/Line was born… yet all the while, the remix idea persisted.

Fast forward to 2017: I am beyond honored that Tobias Bernstrup is now slated to feature on a brand new song on the upcoming, third CONFRONTATIONAL album. As I pitched the project I also wanted to try and pursue that old idea, so I went ahead and sent him my rework of the Sabrina classic. His response was enthusiastic and wildly inspirational, and the final result is quite simply the hardest hitting track I’ve ever produced so far. A love letter to the sounds and visions that shaped my upbringing, punctuated by the chilling signature Bernstrup vocals intertwined with my own. I can’t thank Tobias enough for making this dream come true!

I’m also very grateful to Maurizio Rizzo at Dark Italia for the incredible patience and support, and of course Pol at Branca Studio for once again creating the perfect visuals to accompany this new chase into the darkness. Start the summer right, play this loud and pass it around – we’ll be seeing you on the dance floor…

Check out the track below, keep an eye on Dark Italia’s Bandcamp for the new compilation, and enjoy!

Confrontational online:
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Tobias Bernstrup online:
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New Exorcism Flick THE CLEANSING HOUR Adds Kyle Gallner

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Skubalon Entertainment is currently focused on creating low-budget supernatural horror and thriller content for film, TV and digital platforms and today we have word on their new film The Cleansing Hour.

The film has just snagged one of our beloved genre’s most consistent actor, Kyle Gallner. Gallner is best known for starring in such neo-classics as Red State, A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and Jennifer’s Body… I didn’t say these were films everyone loves…

The contained horror thriller marks the feature debut for editor turned director Damien LeVeck and will co-star Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door) and Alix Angelis (The Magnificent Seven).

You can check out the short film that inspired the feature below, and then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re excited to check out this new exorcism horror movie in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film was written by Damien LeVeck and Aaron Horwitz. Shirit Bradley (Godzilla: King of Monsters), Dan Clifton (The Den, The Belko Experiment), Natalie LeVeck and Damien LeVeck are producing under the Skubalon Entertainment banner.

The film begins shooting in Bucharest, Romania next month.

Synopsis:

The Cleansing Hour follows best friends Max and Drew (Guzman and Gallner) who run a popular webcast that stages exorcisms to look real. When the actress of the day (Angelis) becomes mysteriously possessed by a real demon, the friends must work against the show clock to figure out the demon’s sinister motive, while the demon exposes the trio’s dark secrets before a rapidly-growing global audience.

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Blumhouse Teams With DEAD SNOW Director for New Thriller INTRUDERS

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Director Tommy Wirkola is one of the top horror directors to keep tabs on. From Dead Snow to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters to his most recent Netflix original film What Happened To Monday? Wirkola has more than earned his genre stripes.

And so we’re excited to hear via Deadline that Blumhouse is in talks to finance his new thriller Intruders from and producers Adam McKay and Kevin Messick.

You can check out the chilling synopsis below and an interview with the director regarding his underappreciated horror-comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Do we really need yet another film called Intruders? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Wirkola will direct the film based on his original screenplay and the film is heading into a summer production start date.

Synopsis:

A mother escapes her abusive husband and takes her young daughter toward refuge in a secluded home, only to be assailed by intruders hungry for the gold that’s supposedly buried in the house.

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Bruce Campbell Gives New EVIL DEAD Films His Blessing

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As we all know by this point, not only has Ash vs Evil Dead been canceled by Starz, but star Bruce Campbell has officially retired as Ash. But what does he think of the Evil Dead films continuing on without him?

Well, a fan over on Twitter just asked Bruce that very question and Campbell responded: “Not that they need it, but of course. Lots of unexplored stories and crossovers in the Evil Dead universe.”

You can check out his tweet below, which basically gives all the “okay” needed for Jane Levy to return as Mia for more Deadite action should the opportunity arise. Hoo-ray!

Are you happy to know Bruce is cool with the series continuing on despite is absence? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Hopefully, we’ll hear more news on a possible sequel to Fede Alvarez’s remake aka Evil Dead 2 in the near future. Until then, stay tuned!

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