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Event Report: Hudson Horror Show III: A Tale of Two Holocausts



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Upstate New York gorehounds are getting spoiled by Chris Alo, Tad Leger and Grindhouse Releasing, presenters of Hudson Horror Show III: A Tale of Two Holocausts. After two successful previous ventures, organizers welcomed their largest crowd thus far to the Silver Cinema in Poughkeepsie for a film festival featuring a quintet of classic movies and loads of rare, memorable trailers.

Festival-goers were treated to the 1980’s film Alligator, Dario Argento’s The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and a pair of holocaust titles, Cannibal Holocaust and Doctor Butcher, MD aka Zombi Holocaust. The main event of the day was a screening of The Return of the Living Dead, introduced to the audience by Alo with help from Dread Central’s own Doctor Gash. All the films were screened from 35mm prints. Nice.

In addition to the movies the event featured prize giveaways, and each of the five main films was preceded by classic trailers. Some of the notable ones were Phantasm (a crowd favorite), The Burning, Friday the 13th Part II and The Seven Doors of Death (aka The Beyond). There were literally dozens of old school trailers shown throughout the day, and the cheering audience devoured them like Ruggero Deodato’s cannibals in the day’s third film.

Event Report: Hudson Horror Show III: A Tale of Two Holocausts

“Things are going great,” Alo beamed when briefly pulled away from his organizational duties to talk with Dread Central. “This is the largest crowd we’ve ever had for a screening, and we’ve already booked the date and pre-sold some tickets for Hudson Horror Show IV.”

The next event will be held on December 3, 2011, and will feature The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Silent Night, Deadly Night (it will be the holiday season), The Beyond, Rolling Thunder and (get this one) The Werewolf vs. Vampire Woman.

Keep an eye on Hudson Horror Show website for more info.

Current plans are to hold the next event in the same theater, but it’s obvious that HHS has nearly grown out of its current location. And it’s not a surprise. Once true horror fans attend any of these events, they will be hooked. All the staples you need for an entertaining horror-themed day are there: great lineup of films, a knowledgeable audience who don’t mind showing their appreciation, vendors with rare and unique fare and a courteous staff that brings it all together (led by Alo’s enthusiastic personality). It’s an addictive event, and being so close to New York City’s huge fanbase, it’s just a matter of time before HHS explodes. Get your tickets for the next event soon.

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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