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The Walking Dead – Q&A with Melissa McBride (Carol)



With AMC currently gearing up for “The Walking Dead” Season Two, the network is keeping fans in mind by continuing to pump out supplemental materials for the show. Today we have a Q&A with Melissa McBride, who portrays Carol Peletier, Sophia’s mother and Ed’s wife.

The casting director-turned-actress describes what she has in common with Carol and explains how Home Shopping Channel fantasies helped her laugh between takes.

Q: Were you surprised to find your character ironing clothes during a zombie apocalypse?

A: Kind of quirky, isn’t it? [Laughs] Oh Carol. She’s ironing with one of those old timey irons that you put on something hot and carry over to the clothes real quick. That was unusual, but I think she’s a people-pleaser, and she likes things orderly because if it’s not, there’s a price to pay. And, as odd as it is, doing something normal is a way to escape what’s happening.

Q: Do you iron your own clothes?

A: No. Um [Laughs] no.

Q: What do you and Carol have in common?

A: The caring about other people. I’ve gotten myself into some difficult situations because I couldn’t say no. Actually, I’ve gotten myself into some difficult places because I thought I could fix somebody. She can intellectualize exactly what’s going on, what it’s doing to her family, but getting the courage to stop it is difficult. You know what’s interesting? Maybe before this she was scheming to get away from him. How horrible if she was ready to do that, to grab that moment, and then this happened. And now you have to hold on to what you have for survival.

Q: With all that’s going on with Carol, were you you able to let yourself laugh when the cameras stopped rolling?

A: We had a blast. I loved the wardrobe for Carol. It was awful. [Laughs] But it was really great for her. I decided she got her pants on one of the home shopping channels because she can’t get out of the house much; Ed’s always looking over her back. Anyway, she got the tan, she got the brown, and they threw in the blue. You buy two, you get a third pair free. Cause they were all the same pant except a different color.

The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride

Q: You had a small but poignant part in The Mist. Were you surprised that Frank Darabont remembered you when it came time to do this?

A: I never saw “The Walking Dead” coming. I’d been working as a casting director. (I was acting full time, always living in Atlanta, and just decided ten, eleven years ago that I wanted to try something different.) I took just a couple of parts, The Mist being one of them because it was Frank. When I wrapped, he thanked me and I thanked him, and that was it. Cut to three years later. I’m standing in the casting office, and I get a phone call from my agent saying, “Frank Darabont is shooting ‘The Walking Dead’ in Atlanta and has a part for you if you want it.” I was like, “What? Where did that come from?” He is the man of great surprises in my life.

Q: What did you say when you saw him on “The Walking Dead” set?

A: He didn’t direct any of the episodes that I was in, and I didn’t even see him until sometime near the end of shooting. I turn around and there’s Frank! And again I go up to him, I’m like, “Thank you so much for this.” He was like, “This is so great that you’re here.” Then I turn around and turn back, and he’s gone. Who is this man?

Q: And now, is there any looking back? Are you still doing casting?

A: I’m not. I’m looking forward. There’s no looking back. Not to say I may not return, but it really has turned things around. I’m just seeing how things unfold. That’s kind of how I live anyway, sort of a “Don’t force what’s not, and don’t deny what is” kind of thing. I’m just having a great time, and I cannot wait for Season 2 to see what happens to these people.

Q: What would you like to see happen with Carol in Season 2?

A: She’s untethered from Ed now — this thing that held her back. She’s free. But in this world that is so messed up. What a horrible time to begin living your life. So I’m really interested to see how that is going to play on her psyche.

Q: Any tips for surviving the Apocalypse?

A: Ironing is a great diversion from the reality you don’t want to face. [Laughs] So find a diversion.

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



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



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



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!


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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