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Remembering George A. Romero by B. Harrison Smith

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Better late than never… a lot of Johnny Come Lately’s will come out of the woodwork with the passing of George Romero. He was the king of independent horror, and a man who gave far more than he got in return. “The Walking Dead” fans will take to social media and pay hashtag tributes, but many didn’t know what George did to give them their weekly zombie fix. What’s worse… they didn’t want to know.

However, my contribution is not about zombies or to sound like the old man chasing kids off his lawn. Instead, when asked by Dread Central to offer my thoughts on George Romero, I remembered I kept a journal in my sophomore year in high school. I remembered that I wrote an entry on Creepshow after seeing it Nov. 28th, 1982. The film had an impact on me and I felt my entry would be the best tribute to a man I only got to meet once, but was able to thank him to his face for all he did for so many.

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That’s an actual piece of the journal I had to keep for English class in my sophomore year. While George A. Romero is primarily known for his zombie legacy, he did so much more. Below is my actual entry from a fifteen year old boy. I sat with friends in the old, moldering Sherman Theater, which couldn’t have been a better place to see Creepshow.

11/30/82: Creepshow has to be one of the most interesting horror films I have seen in awhile. I know I’ve written on other types of horror, mostly the slasher genre and how it’s taken horror down a different path, but Creepshow made me think I was a kid again. It was a lot of fun and I think George Romero teaming up with Stephen King was not only a great idea; they made a damn good film to boot!

The stories are mostly revenge and I have to say that The Crate was the best. Adrienne Barbeau was so good as the drunk wife of Hal Holbrook. I loved her in The Fog and Escape From New York, but she looked like she was having so much fun in this. I wanted to see more of her. The makeup effects were amazing and I want to meet Tom Savini one day because he’s amazing. The thing in the crate was like this fluffy ape with teeth! The lighting was like a comic book come to life. I only had a few of the horror comics as boy that Nanny got for me. The way the whole film was laid out and acted…it was the best horror film I’ve seen in awhile. Even though I liked Halloween 3 nobody else did, but I thought that was cool too.

When I’m a real filmmaker one day I want to make a film as cool as Creepshow.I hope they make a part 2 but this would be hard to top!

There you have it, a fifteen year old’s assessment of George Romero. I was only discovering his work at that time, but Creepshow made me dig deeper and by college we had a full blown Romero film night with lots of zombies, pot and beer to dovetail with Day of the Dead’s release.

Film needs to be fun again. Horror definitely needs fun. Even with Romero’s darkest stuff, he always seemed like he had the best time giving it to us.

Now I have worked with Adrienne Barbeau and can call her a friend. I got to meet George Romero and shake his and and personally thank him for his work and contribution to the craft. I know Tom Atkins and I got to hang out for an entire evening at Tom Savini’s house and actually touch Fluffy’s “the thing in the crate’s” teeth.

Regardless of politics, I think Ronald Reagan’s ending line from his farewell speech would sum up my little list of triumphs and Romero’s career:

All in all not bad. Not bad at all.

-B. Harrison Smith
Camp Dread, Death House, The Fields

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez

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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

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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.

すべてのことを与え、すべてのことを作成するために役立っていただきありがとうございます。簡単に休め

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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD

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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!

Synopsis:

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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