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Scars Come Out for Dread Central’s NYC DreadVision Screenings!

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Last week turned out to be an exciting one for fright fans in NYC. Our screening series, DreadVision, hosted two separate celeb-packed events.

On Tuesday (6/27) at the gorgeously refurbished Quad, DreadVision presented (along with genre superstore Forbidden Planet), a retro showing of the 1973 miniseries Frankenstein: The True Story.

Director Sam Irvin (Guilty as Charged, Elvira’s Haunted Hills, Full Moon’s Oblivion) has made it his life’s passion to champion this old NBC miniseries. He edited this spring’s Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine #38, which boasts an exhaustive book-length examination of this Jack (Damnation Alley) Smight-directed telefilm (and Guillermo del Toro favorite!). For a post-screening Q&A, Irvin welcomed to the stage the late Smight’s son, Alec (a successful producer/director in his own right); Little Shoppe essayist James Anthony Phillips (expert on Frankenstein: The True Story composer Gil Mellé) and Montreal film archivist Philippe Spurrell, who supplied the rare gore-enhanced 16mm Frankenstein print.

Besides Irvin’s unbelievable anecdotes, surprising subtext revelations and fascinating background on the production, Smight recalled fun stories of watching the lavish London lensing take place. Phillips told the audience to write to their favorite soundtrack companies to release a Frankenstein: The True Story music CD (the composer’s widow holds the masters), while Spurrell discussed how he obtained the one-of-a-kind print by trading with a movie collector in Australia! See here for more on Irvin’s obsession, and buy the mammoth mag here.

Image Credit: Adam Lee Price

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On Friday night (6/30) DreadVision offered the NY premiere of Austin Reading’s Darkness Rising at the IFC Center with the director attending. During the late-night Q&A, Reading noted that he shot his haunted-house-movie-with-a-twist in just 11 days! His buddy, Ted Raimi, later came in for a day of pickups. Reading and writer Vikram Weet drew inspiration from the cosmic horror works of H.P. Lovecraft, and Weet’s screenplay initially drew the attention of Renny (Deep Blue Sea) Harlin and Josh (Chronicle) Trank. The house used in the low-budget film previously served as the funeral home in “Six Feet Under”!

Darkness Rising plays for the next week at IFC (get tix here here), and you can also find it via the usual streaming suspects.

Stay tuned for news of more DreadVision movies, including a special bi-coastal screening on July 31st in NY and LA!

Image Credit: Matt Kiernan
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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

Synopsis:
A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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