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Sometimes things get a bit lost in the shuffle on this writer’s desk, although I’d be remiss to not finally deliver a bit of exclusive news, video, and photos from the premiere of director Jack Messitt’s Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut, which took place earlier this month in Westwood, California. Read on!

Originally released on January 6, 2009, the extended and VFX enhanced “The Killer Cut” version of Midnight Movie bows to DVD this coming June 14 via Bigfoot Entertainment, and on hand for the flick’s Bigfoot Crest Theatre red carpet premiere were cast members Brea Grant, Rebekah Brandes, Daniel Bonjour, Dinora Walcott, Ashley Black and Christopher Page, who started the night off with a pub crawl at Westwood Brew Co. Joining them in the festivities were writer and director Jack Messitt, Bigfoot Entertainment chairman Michael Gleissner, Bigfoot Entertainment’s CEO Kacy Andrews (and producer of Midnight Movie) and many more.

Messitt told us of the supernatural slasher film’s special edition (the original cut of Midnight Movie (review here) won awards for Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography at the Chicago Horror Film Festival), “The opportunity to create a director’s cut does not come along very often for movies of our size so when I was asked to put ‘The Killer Cut’ together, I jumped at the chance. I made it clear, though, that I didn’t want to just dump in a bunch of scenes that shouldn’t have been in there in the first place. I wanted to make the movie better. So I said that I would take on the project if I could really take the film to the next level.

The director continued, “I completely revamped the edit and shot new footage to enhance the mythology of Radford (the killer at the heart of Midnight Movie) and his obsession with The Dark Beneath (the movie within Midnight Movie), and Radford’s ritual that embeds his soul into the film itself is completely different. It really kicks off the film in a whole new way – a much better way than the original version. I also did more than just add to the film – I did a lot of cutting as well. I wanted to streamline it, especially the first fifteen minutes. I wanted to get to the fun part a little faster. You won’t miss what I chopped out, but you will feel the difference.

“Another huge improvement was the enhancement to Radford’s supernatural powers,” communicated Messitt. “Due to all the new visual effects in ‘The Killer Cut’, Radford is much more menacing. He is much closer to my original vision of his character.

As for the disc’s supplements, “In addition to all the extras from the first DVD and Blu-Ray, we created a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette,” Messitt said. “It is a pretty extensive look into how we did things on set. I also recorded a brand new director’s commentary for ‘The Killer Cut’ – full of details from the shoot and explanations behind a lot of the changes I made.

Dread queried the filmmaker on what horror enthusiasts can expect from him in the future.

I have a few projects in the works,” he teased, “including a potential sequel to Midnight Movie. But getting that going all depends on how ‘The Killer Cut’ is received. So if you are looking for Radford to return, fans gotta help spread the word about ‘The Killer Cut’!

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Midnight Movie actress Brea Grant

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Midnight Movie Actress Rebekah Brandes being interviewed on the red carpet

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Midnight Movie: Killer Cut cast and filmmakers on the red carpet

Event Report from the Premiere of Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut
Writer/Director Jack Messitt, Executive Producer Michael Gleissner, Bigfoot Entertainment CEO Kacy Andrews

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role



I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD



We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!



We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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