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LAFF 2017: Midnighters – Exclusive Interview with Alex Essoe and Julius Ramsay




If you follow true crime, you may be familiar with the shocking story of how hapless Texan Gregory Glen Biggs died. Back in 2001, 25-year-old Chante Jawan Mallard struck 37-year-old Biggs, a homeless man, with her car. The force of the crash lodged Biggs into the windshield, head-first. Mallard then drove home and left the man lodged there, where he died of blood loss after several hours. Needless to say, she was caught and convicted. Director Stuart Gordon later made a movie based on the incident, called Stuck.

That’s not just a one-off, though – Google a few keywords, and you’ll find even more stories centered on the same scenario. Just a couple of months ago Californian Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 55, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for hitting and killing 31-year-old Phillip Moreno and driving for over two miles with him trapped in her windshield. (Eventually other drives saw, and called the cops.)

Midnighters, an upcoming thriller directed by Julius Ramsay, and starring Alex Essoe and Dylan McTee as married couple Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, starts off with a similar scenario – but it takes a dark, dangerous turn when it turns out the pedestrian who got ploughed into isn’t killed… and he is very, very angry at the couple who hit him.

When we caught up with director Julius Ramsay, he said that it was fascinating to explore the reasons behind people’s reactions in situations like this. “It’s what people do all the time. I think people don’t necessarily want to deal with the consequences of their actions and don’t want to face the music. they want to put things in the rearview mirror, so to speak.” We wanted to know whether he thought their reaction to the turn of events was realistic, or was it more of a springboard to set the mystery into gear. “With these two characters, it not so much about: is their response realistic? I think it’s more about what their response says about them as characters than as human beings,” he said. “And so their response about the situation they’re put into speaks to who they are and the types of decisions they are going to make.”

Alex Essoe, a darling of the indie horror scene ever since her powerful performance in Starry Eyes, says she loved playing another complex, yet completely different, character. “Lindsey is just fun. Alston [Ramsey, screenwriter] and I had endless conversations about her. Her life is hard, and I think she’s just the type of character that likes it that way. She’s very reserved, very secretive. She doesn’t express her feelings, but she’s not good at setting boundaries with people. So she kind of walks this fine line between where she’s come from and who she is.”

Ramsey adds, “And further, it goes into the dynamics between Jeff and Lindsey as a husband and wife. Because, if it was up to Lindsey she would have made a different decision. But because she has this messed up, sort of codependent relationship with Jeff, she winds up going along with his bad logic.”

We asked Alex about how she chooses her roles – because we’re sure she’s offered quite a lot of them – and why she wanted this one in particular. “It was a combination of two things: I loved the character. Lindsey is such a Rubik’s Cube. Secondly, it was the opportunity to work with Julius Ramsay. He has directed some of my favorite ‘Walking Dead’ episodes. It was such a no-brainer!”

Midnighters will be screening at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival Monday, June 19th at 9:30 pm. Stay tuned for our in-depth interviews with Essoe and the Ramsay brothers closer to Midnighters’ wide-release date.

The 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 14th-22nd. Ticket information can be found right here.

Midnighters stars Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Perla Haney Jardine (Dark Water), Dylan McTee, Ward Horton (Annabelle), and Joseph Lee Anderson. It was written by Alston Ramsay.

New Year’s Eve, a married couple hits a stranger walking on a dark forest road. In a panic, they take the body home so as to sober up before turning themselves in. But they soon discover that the man wasn’t dead after all – that he was in fact armed and already on his way to their house. As the family is thrust into a deepening mystery, they discover that no one is who they seem – including each other.


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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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