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Well, folks, we just wrapped day five of eighteen, and I’m still feeling pretty strong despite the liquor beating rained down on my liver, the gobs of greasy food, and hey, here’s a new one, the pack and a half nicotine hangover! It was great to have Johnny and his delightful wife Michelle down for the weekend; not only did they save Paul and me from a few days of coverage, but it was a heckuva lot of fun to be able to talk after movie shit with Butane over a few beers, rather than via the internerd. And hey, they didn’t kill me and my lady in our sleep…thanks, guys.

Paul McCannibal, Andy's lady Hazel, Johnny, and wife Michelle... smoking!Even though Johnny’s already covered it, I need to throw my two cents in about Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. This movie is exactly what horror needs today. It’s clever and self aware, wears its love of the genre on its sleeve, doesn’t pander to the uncritical gorehound, looks great, and has charismatic, well acted performances (in short, it’s a real movie).

Christmas came early this year for whoever is distributing Behind the Mask. This flick is the bastard son of Scream and The Blair Witch Project and could pack megaplexes coast to coast, but without the negative fallout associated with those films. Behind the Mask shows that a little post modern deconstruction of genre films doesn’t have to be sweetened with pretty teens, and that a faux documentary style and a limited budget don’t have to result in a visually flat, cheap looking movie. I really couldn’t like this movie any more, and from what I can tell by briefly chatting with Scott Glosserman, it couldn’t happen to a nicer, more humble guy. I hope he can stay that way when his career blows up after everyone sees how good Behind the Mask really is.

Switching gears and moving on to today’s coverage … Tonight was the Canadian premiere of Chris Sivertson’s The Lost. Unfortunately, the screening wasn’t as well attended as it should have been. The Lost was battling a thunderstorm, a Monday audience burned out from the weekend, and some incredibly hot, muggy weather. Those that did get off their asses were well rewarded. This is the first of a wave of upcoming Jack Ketchum adaptations (Lucky McKee is slated to work on Red next), and boy was it a doozy. In fact, Hazel shed tears during it. I’ve been watching horror movies with her for a long time; she’s no pansy, and I’ve never seen this particular reaction. You need to understand that the finale is a gore soaked freakout, not some tearjerker “Why can’t I quit you Ray Pye” moment. She was crying simply because she found it so intense.

Like Behind the Mask, The Lost feels like one of those movies we’re all going to look back on in a few years once the directors of these films become household names to horror fans worldwide. Chris took to the stage after the screening to answer some questions, during which he informed the audience that his next project is going to be Hippy, a psychedelic horror film that he described as an “acid trip gone wrong.” Hey, as long as a bunch of dirty hippies get theirs, I’m all for it.

Erin (don’t call me Misty) Brown, who plays a small, but important role in The Lost, was also in attendance. It’s nice to see her making a real mainstream go for it (that is, if you consider The Lost and “Sick Girl” mainstream!) Her role was definitely not completely out of the Misty Mundae mold (she shows up stark naked after all), but the consensus was that she did a good job and if you’re going to put cute young things in your movie, better Erin Brown than some vacuous WB starlet.

We bailed as quickly as we could post screening, lest we get sucked into another booze fueled romp on the town. As I left I could hear Adele Hartley (who runs the Dead by Dawn festival) talking about going to see strippers twitching like Deadite crackwhores… ahhh, these are definitely my kind of people…

Evil Andy

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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming

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Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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Exclusive: Buzzard Hollow Beef Brings Cannibal Gore to the Holidays

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Holidays at the end of the year seem to be focused on one major aspect: food. From Christmas hams to Thanksgiving turkeys to Hanukkah latkes to who knows what else, eating is a very important part for end-of-the-year festivities. Personally, I’m totally okay with it because it means great food and TONS of leftovers, ensuring that I don’t have to concern myself with cooking for at least a couple of days.

But what if the holiday season were a bit more sinister and what if the food was a bit more…unsavory? Allow us to introduce you to Buzzard Hollow Beef, a new vision of horror that blends cannibal hillbillies, intense and terrifying hallucinations, and small town mysteries. If this sounds up your alley, then don’t fret about waiting because the film comes to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other transactional platforms on Tuesday, November 21!

We’ve got a trailer, poster, and several stills for you to check out, so peruse at your will and enjoy!

Directed by Joshua M. Johnson, who co-wrote the film with Tara C. Hall, Buzzard Hollow Beef stars Bruce Jennings, Nadia Kamil, Scott C. Brown, Emily Letts, Janet Chiarabaglio, Amanda Spinella, Will Frazier, Gabriel Caste, and Doug Perkins.

Synopsis:
Still reeling from her divorce and struggling as the single mother of a 9 month old, Jordan Vollmer looks forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with her family and her best friend, Paige. As the group ventures into the small town of Buzzard Hollow, they are greeted with strange and unsavory characters, known around these parts as the Solomon family. Their suspicions surrounding the Solomons are aroused by the fact that they all seem unwilling to talk about the beef that they serve in their hamburgers and sell in their butcher shop. When the Vollmers experience horrifying hallucinations, they begin to suspect that the Solomons are somehow involved.

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Exclusive: Confrontational Bewitches and Hypnotizes With Fade/Into the Burning Dawn

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Earlier this year, I introduced you readers to Italian synthwave artist Confrontational and his cover of Sabrina’s “Boys (Summertime Love)”. While that track was pure summertime brightness, we recognize that many of you are more interested in the darker side of music, where songs are melancholic yet brimming with a hypnotic sexual tension. To that end, we’ve teamed up once again to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” featuring Tying Tiffany, which you can listen to below.

Melding equal parts of The Cure and John Carpenter, the song pulsates sensually, evoking imagery of electric blue and hot pink lasers piercing through vantablack darkness. Furthermore, the dynamic between the female and male vocals adds a wonderful sense of intimacy. This song was clearly a child of the 80’s that is now grown up and ready to stand on its own.

Confrontational tells Dread Central:
The final chapter in the triptych, once again graced by Branca Studio’s outstanding artwork, recounts the striving for light in spite of the devouring darkness that surrounds us all. Unrequited love, loss of innocence, loss of identity, temptation and anger – the story finally comes to a close. There is a deep and heartfelt sense of longing throughout each of the tracks, a hard-hitting feeling of nostalgia – which is something Tiffany found out to be a constant in my songwriting. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and I am ecstatic to have finally worked together on this. Her unique take on the lyrics is what makes it so very special, and her vocals blending seamlessly with mine throughout the choruses turned it into a true personal favorite. To have Tiffany on the album along with these amazing heroes of mine – Cody, Tobias and Trevor – is simply dream-like, and makes me so very proud to finally share the effort with you all. I look forward to checking out everyone’s comments on this and I can’t wait to bring it to the stage soon!

“Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” comes from Confrontational’s upcoming album The Burning Dawn, which can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. Guest appearances on the album include Tobias Bernstrup, Cody Carpenter, and more!

Confrontational can be followed at his official website, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Upcoming tour dates:
January 25 – Milano (TBA)
January 26 – Savona (TBA)
January 27 – Ravenna (Bronson)

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