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The Horrors of Fantasia: Day 2 & 3

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Fantasia 2007 coverage (click to see it bigger!)The opening weekend’s been a blast so far. Friday night we checked out The Signal (review) and Flight of the Living Dead. In true expectation bending Fantasia fashion, the film I was most excited about (FoTLD) was a slight disappointment. It’s fun, and it succeeds in all kinds of ways it hasn’t any right to, but hey, it’s still a “blank on a blank” movie. The film I thought was just going to be a derivative J-Horror meets Zombie apocalypse flick (The Signal) blew me away. Check this one out folks, the plot synopsis doesn’t do it justice.

Saturday was even better. Though strictly speaking, it’s not horror, the documentary Your Mommy Kills Animals shows some pretty horrifying animal abuses throughout its investigation into the animal rights movement. Far be it from my steak loving self to get preachy about animal rights, but the film bears mentioning because of what it has to say about free speech. If a bunch of bunny huggers inciting violence on the internet can get labeled the number one domestic terrorist threat in America, surely hardcore horror in all its myriad forms, has to make the top ten list. Hell, Uwe Boll may even get his own personal ranked slot after the Department of Homeland Security sees Postal.

Adam Green at Fantasia 2007 (click to see it bigger!)Next up was Adam Green’s fun and gory as hell Hatchet (review). Contrary to what I mentioned before, what we saw was the uncut theatrical print; boobies and grue intact (yay!). Maybe it’s just the fact that I hadn’t been following Hatchet all that closely and went in cherry intact, but I was a little surprised to find that Hatchet’s brand of “old school horror” is circa 1985, not 1975. The jokes take precedence over any scares, making it a great midnight movie, and with last year’s Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and now The Rage (review) and Hatchet, we might just be on the verge of a full-scale 80’s resurgence. Then again, maybe not. I grew up in that era, and love it enough to dedicate a whole room of my house to building rubber masks and special effects, but I’m not sure that the future of horror is twenty years behind us. If you’re going to proclaim originality on posters with the “not a remake, not a sequel” tagline and the “This is the New Shit” theme song, an audience can reasonably expect to see something they haven’t before. The best aspect of Hatchet is that it feels like you’re seeing a lost, uncut 80’s slasher film. The gore is top-notch, the kills extraordinarily inventive, and the character of Victor Crawley bordering on icon territory. I just wish the marketing set up the film as a throwback, rather than some bold new direction in horror. I would have enjoyed it more.

Minor issues aside, I’ve never seen a Fantasia screening erupt like they did at Hatchet. We’re talking full house, standing ovation and a capacity Q&A session. Adam Green was an incredibly generous guest, staying longer than most, and regaling the crowd with his inspiring “scream come true” story. We caught most of it, which you can read right here. We’ll be catching his sophomore effort Spiral tonight, and are excited to see the arthouse side of the guy who came up with the belt sander gag.

Adam Green at Fantasia 2007 (click to see it bigger!)We topped the night off with Hell’s Ground (review), another incredibly fun, totally authentic 80’s throwback, but made in Pakistan! We had the good luck of bumping into director Omar Ali Khan, and producers Andy Starke, and Pete Tombs at the local pub, where we tipped a glass (or three) to the success of their original knock-off film. You can read my Fantasia catalog write-up about it here, or check out Paul’s enthusiastic review .

Next week’s dispatches will be coming straight from the one the only, Johnny Butane. He and his lovely lady Michelle are en-route to Montreal as we speak. Paul and I will be back next week, if our livers survive the next few days rocking out with the boss…

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith


I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

  • Trick or Treat (1986) 3.5
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Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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