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Undoubtedly, the original Scream movies remain one of the most influential modern franchises in the horror genre, and now that director Wes Craven has re-teamed with the ghoulishly demented Ghostface for another installment in the franchise, it only seems right that we get to know the new blood in Scream 4

At least before a few of them end up on the pointy end of Ghostface’s knife when the movie hits theaters on April 15th.

Recently Dread Central caught up with Scream 4’s new cast members during their Los Angeles press day to find out how they felt coming on board one of the biggest horror franchises and how the rules have changed this time around in Scream 4.

Read on to hear more from the newest members of the Scream family, including Anthony Anderson, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin.

For Roberts, who portrays Sidney Prescott’s niece, Jill, who still lives in Woodsboro and in the shadow of what happened to her aunt some ten years back, the decision to come on to do Scream 4 was a quick one to make.

“I don’t know if I was necessarily intimidated to come into the franchise, but I was definitely excited to be a part of it. The only expectations I went into Scream 4 with were that I wanted the people to be cool, the script to be good and the movie to end up being great; and I definitely think all that happened with Scream 4,” Roberts added.

Panettiere, who is a bit of geek goddess herself due to her impressive performance as an indestructible cheerleader on the NBC series “Heroes”, felt the transition to doing horror was pretty easy based on her previous work.

“Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be in a Scream movie?” said Panettiere. “I was lucky enough to be on a show for four years that was sort of in this same genre world as horror since we did have some horror-type stuff on ‘Heroes’ every once in a while. So it’s very exciting for me to be a part of something this big again so early in my career. I am really lucky.”

“Plus, I love how long it’s been since the last film so Scream 4 is like a sequel but kind of a remake but also a combination of the two, which ultimately makes it its own stand-alone movie. It cleverly remembers where it comes from and grows along with the fans from the original but brings in a lot of new things for a brand new generation of fans, too,” Panettiere added.

Anderson was in a unique position when he signed on to Scream 4 since he was part of Scary Movie, the franchise of movies that spoofed the success and clichés of the original Scream trilogy. Anderson weighed in with his thoughts on being part of Craven’s latest genre effort. “Wes was really great at making us comfortable and encouraging all of us actors on a creative level to do things in scenes that may not have even been in the script, and that’s a dream gig for a lot of actors, but especially me. What’s funny is that there’d be a lot of times I’d show up on set and we wouldn’t be doing the scenes we thought we’d be doing, which can normally be nerve-wracking, but Wes always made the set a great place to be. There aren’t a lot of directors working today that are like that.”

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Even though Craven was very supportive of his actors, that doesn’t mean he was willing to let most of them in on some of the secrets surrounding the killers in Scream 4. Both Anderson and Panettiere, who hadn’t seen the movie at the time of the press conference, were surprised to find out they were duped early on by both Craven and producers about the film’s resolution.

Anderson said, “I actually haven’t even seen the movie yet so I just found out who the killers were today during an interview. That will tell you how secretive everything has been on Scream 4. My script never even had an ending on it- That’s how tight Wes kept things. Besides, you can’t trust actors with anything these days so I think that was a good idea on his part.”

“I still haven’t seen the movie either so I think they kind of lied to all of us on set to keep us confused, too, because I know they told me at one point who the killer was. But from what I’ve heard today, that’s definitely not who they told me was Ghostface so even we were kept in the dark. But that’s part of the fun of the Scream franchise- You just never know who the killer will end up being,” Panettiere added.

With new victims and a new generation of fans, that meant Craven and writers Kevin Williamson and Ehren Krueger had to come up with some new rules. Scream 4’s newcomers discussed their thoughts setting some new rules of the horror genre.

“Being the only person of color in this installment, you might think you know what’s going to happen to my character, but you never know,” explained Anderson. “Since it’s a new decade and new rules, I might actually make it out of it alive- Or at the very least, I should make it through the opening credits.”

Panettiere added, “Well, since my character Kirby is most definitely not a virgin, it’s quite possible I may not make it out either. But I guess with the new rules, though, even virgins can die so there are a lot of possibilities on victims in part four. No one is safe around Ghostface this time.”

Roberts said that there is one hard and fast rule that hasn’t changed since the first Scream hit theaters in 1996. “The one thing that hasn’t changed is that if you’re in your underwear, you’re dead. No one besides Sidney in the first one ever has ever survived Ghostface after being in their underwear onscreen. He apparently doesn’t like girls running around in their bras or something.”

Culkin, who plays film geek Charlie in Scream 4, discussed why he thinks Ghostface has become an iconic horror killer and what has kept him a chilling onscreen presence for fans for 15 years now.

“One of the reasons I think Ghostface is so scary is because he’s always a different person with different motives,” explained Culkin. “At the start of each movie, you don’t really know what this Ghostface’s motives are, and that uncertainty makes him so terrifying.”

“One of the really creepy things to me in Scream 4 is that everything is back in Woodsboro, and this massacre and Sidney’s legacy has been hanging over the whole town for ten years now. But the people there are actually celebrating it and celebrating Ghostface, which is a little twisted if you ask me,” Culkin added.

Don’t forget that we are hosting an exclusive live chat commentary with Dan Farrands and Thommy Hutson during the premiere of A&E’s BIO Channel’s “Scream: The Inside Story” on Wednesday, April 6th, at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, right here on Dread Central. Add this Facebook Event Listing to your profile as a reminder.

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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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