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An Open Letter: Horror Movies, You Don’t Have to Leave Endings Open to Sequels



Dear Horror,

I love you. I really do. Hell, I’ve been a fan of you ever since I can remember, playing Castlevania when I was a very young boy, reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in my elementary school library, sneaking downstairs late at night to watch “Tales From the Crypt”… You’ve been a major part of my life for so long that I feel I need to talk to you about an issue I think you have. Consider this an intervention of sorts.

As I’ve said before, I love you. What I’m about to say comes from a place of caring, respect, and hope. It’s because of all these emotions that I have to tell you that you have a major problem with many of your endings. Specifically, you don’t seem content to let a movie end on a satisfying note. Rather, it seemingly needs to end so as to leave itself open for a sequel.

Look, I get it. Horror movies are, by and large, great performers at the box office. If a title does well, there’s a foundation to build upon for more stories in that world and, as a result, more money to be made. It’s a great business move, there’s no denying that. But as an audience member, it makes for an unsatisfying experience.

Take, for example, the remake of The Hills Have Eyes by Alexandre Aja. It’s a fantastic film, no doubt about it. It’s wonderfully made, incredibly intense, absolutely vicious, and a thrilling ride from beginning to end. And yet, for some odd reason, after everything that Doug, Bobby, and Brenda went through, the film ends with another mutated human watching them from a distance. Everything we’ve seen up to this point suggests that the mutated family is done for, that each member has been vanquished. Where does this unknown villain come from? Where were they hiding all this time? Why didn’t they come to the aid of their family?

Earlier this year, we saw this trope used in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which ended with [SPOILERS AHEAD] Alice saying that the airborne cure will take a couple of years to reach the corners of the Earth. Furthermore, she’s being chased by a Popokarimu, one of the giant bat creatures that was shown at the beginning of the film. Even though Paul W.S. Anderson told me, “…this is the end,” it certainly didn’t feel like it.

I’m definitely going to ruffle some feathers here but a big offender of this trope was the Saw franchise. The first film was tightly written with every aspect of the story being explainable with a little bit of thought. The twist ending wasn’t meant to demand a sequel. Rather, it was there to create a memorable ending that left the film on such a dour note that it would be impossible to forget, which it succeeded in doing. The sequels, however, used their endings to create twists that required more explanation, making it so that sequels became a necessity to add to a storyline that grew more and more convoluted with each entry.

Even A Nightmare on Elm Street, which is one of the most beloved franchises in horror, suffered from this problem. Director Wes Craven wanted the film to end on a happy note, one where Nancy vanquished her enemy and was able to move forward without any lingering fear. Or how about John Carpenter and his Halloween franchise? While Michael Myers is a horror icon now, Carpenter’s original vision would’ve seen that be his only story. Talking with Deadline, Carpenter stated, “All of my ideas were for the first Halloween – there shouldn’t have been any more!

I’m not saying that every horror movie has to end on a happy note. In fact, I love it when horror ends on a bleak tone. Films like Funny Games, Darkness, Drag Me to Hell and The Blair Witch Project, amongst many others, have wonderfully dark finales. I’m simply asking that the finale truly be the curtain falling and not an excuse for an intermission.

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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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