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First Look at Miles Doleac’s Demons; Shooting for October Release

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Director Miles Doleac is gearing up to serve us a fresh platter of spookiness with his new film Demons, and we have your first look right here! Dig it!

From the Press Release:
Featuring a superlative ensemble, many of whom are known for their work in the horror and sci-fi field, including writer/director/star Miles Doleac (“American Horror Story”), Wishmaster’s Andrew Divoff, and “Smallville” alum John Schneider, Demons tells of a celebrated fiction writer and former priest who, along with his wife, is tormented by the ghost of her late sister, as the details of her grisly death are slowly uncovered.

Scripted by Doleac, whose previous film, the small-town murder mystery The Hollow, was released in theaters late last year, Demons is described as a “psychological thriller that marries elements of The Exorcist, The Shining, and The Big Chill.”

Says writer/director/star Miles Doleac, “Initially, my decision to write a horror script was predicated on necessity: I had a synopsis for an ‘exorcism’ script that Lindsay (my wife) and I had worked up together. A major distributor had expressed interest. Said distributor wanted to see a script ‘ASAP.’ I didn’t have one. So, I pounded out a pretty serviceable draft within a week and sent it on. The distributor in question had kind words for the script, but passed, saying it was ‘too dark’ for their catalogue. I took that as something of a compliment. It’s an old saw in the film universe by now that horror films are the surest bets to make money, certainly on the independent side of things. I refined the script a bit and passed it along to Keith Leopard at Uncork’d, the company that distributed my last film, The Hollow. Keith and I discussed and decided it was worth making at a lower budget, with Uncork’d distributing.”

Doleac continues, “I was off and running to pull together a budget that would allow us to make a quality film. I’m very glad indeed that I wound up making Demons on my own terms (as Keith and Uncork’d are extremely supportive of their directors’ creative freedom). For one, the script became more personal to me than I thought it would be at first. It explores a number of issues that I’ve looked at in my previous films (The Historian and The Hollow). I was able to plumb deeper into a question that’s always fascinated me: the impact of religion, especially when narrowly-focused, on families and relationships. Add to that the very question of faith, which means such different things to different people. For the Colin character, faith demands constant questioning, even if—maybe especially when—the answers don’t come. But what happens when you do get answers and they aren’t what you expect? What happens if they drive you away from the seeming core of your belief system? What happens then? Who do you become?”

“The film is also my most female-forward one to date I’m proud to say,” concludes Doleac. “I came to care a great deal, especially about the women in the script: Kayleigh, Lara, and Jewel. Two characters (Kayleigh and Jewel) have suffered profound physical and intellectual abuse, each dealing with the repercussions of that abuse in different ways, one (Lara) defies typical expectations of female power and sexuality; all three are swirling around one another exploding into the great forces of nature each is capable of becoming. Being able to cast exactly who I wanted in those roles was huge for me. Every one of those actresses delivered brilliantly. Then adding Steven Brand, Andrew Divoff, and John Schneider into the mix, each one playing a character that’s not quite what he seems on the surface … each so keenly able to peel away the layers of the onion and reveal the truth beneath those charismatic facades… After three features, I continue to be amazed and humbled by the caliber of performers I’ve had on my sets.”

Demons, starring Miles Doleac, Lindsay Anne Williams, Steven Brand, Kristina Emerson, and Gary Grubbs with Andrew Divoff and John Schneider, hits theaters in October via Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis:
Eight years ago, Father Colin Hampstead oversaw an aborted exorcism that resulted in the gruesome death of seventeen-year-old Jewel Grant in rural Louisiana. The deceased girl’s older sister, Kayleigh, grew immediately attached to Hampstead and sought him out, at first for grief counseling and then for much more.

Eight years later, Hampstead has left the priesthood and become a celebrated fiction writer, specializing in stories about the occult; and he and Kayleigh, now his wife, have a beautiful daughter and run a well-known bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia. When the couple agree to host a wedding for one of Colin’s college friends, what begins as a Big Chill-type reunion turns into something much more macabre, as the seemingly omnipresent ghost of her dead sister, Jewel, compels Kayleigh to engage in bizarre, destructive behaviors that endanger the lives of both her friends and herself.

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Dread Central Presents The Lodgers – Vegas Screening and Wider Release

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Last weekend fans got their first taste of the next Dread Central Presents film, The Lodgers (review); and we’re not done yet! There’s another Dread Central Presents screening TOMORROW, February 22nd, at 7:00 PM at the Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (tickets here); and then the flick will be opening wider the very next day!

To see if the film will be playing near you, click here for a list of cities The Lodgers will be haunting!

Directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, the film made its worldwide premiere at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival and has since won many awards across multiple festivals.

Make sure to follow and “like” Dread Central Presents on Facebook to stay in the know regarding this and upcoming titles!

Synopsis:
In this Gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.

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Exclusive Clip: Primal Rage – Bigfoot Causes Chaos!

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Ever been driving in the woods and see or hear something that you cannot explain? Something so shocking that it makes your skin crawl off of your spine? Yeah, those moments, that usually chalked up to something completely innocuous, can be mucho unsettling. Such is the case with our bloody exclusive clip from the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation, Primal Rage, which illustrates what can happen when you play with your food.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton. You can also catch this one of the big screen as on February 27th, Fathom (tickets here) will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage.

Enough talk! Get your Squatch on!

Synopsis:
Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Set Visit Part 2: Screams and Flames

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[SPOILERS] As mentioned in our earlier set visit story, The Strangers: Prey at Night maintains the same feeling of isolation as the original. Even though a full-fledged production was going on in Gatlin Lake Getaway, it is hard to shake that feeling of being totally alone once wandering away from the set lighting. The dark surround woods start to close in and threaten to swallow any who stray too close to the tree line. Then the silence is broken as a beat-up 1972 Ford Ranger’s engine revs and a scream slices through the night.

Back on the lit street, the familiar looking truck has collided head-on with the side Wagner County Sheriff’s SUV. At the driver’s seat of the Ford is a man sporting a white cloth bag as a mask. The Bagman has returned. His appearance has not changed. The empty sockets of the mask still glare ominously and the painted smile poorly hides the stranger’s murderous intent.

An air of frustration surrounds the Bagman as he attempts to free the truck from the SUV. In vain, the Ford revs and struggles to no avail. Bad news for him, but good news for whomever the Bagman was pursuing. The law enforcement vehicle, with its lights flashing, had been driven by a young woman decked out in a black Ramones t-shirt and blood-splattered jeans. Her hair is jet black. The woman’s skin is streaked with dark blood and open slash wounds. The dark punk eye makeup is running, but the wearer is not.

It is obvious that this woman has been through a lot as she limps from the wreck. The context of her current state is not clear, but the shrieking that emanates from her as she produces a lighter and throws it to the ground under the collided vehicles speaks volumes. It can only be assumed that she has been chased, slashed, and emotionally beaten for hours. The scream is packed with emotions from fear to outright spite and rage. It is so powerful, in fact, that the crew members uttered stunned laudations.

As the gasoline ignites, the flames climb and spread of the mangled metal of the two collided vehicles. The Ford’s engine still violently revs as the Bagman emotionlessly tries to break free. The young woman is slowly backing away, unaware of the chain reaction occurring. The darkness of 1 AM is broken by two giant fireballs that erupt, engulfing the metal mayhem in the middle of the street. The surroundings fall silent, cut is called and the crew erupts in exclamations at the awesome spectacle.

This powerful moment was brought to us by Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The Strangers: Prey at Night was now on its twenty-second day of shooting and only eight more days remained. The cast and crew are well accustomed to their routines and the late night shoots have become second nature. When asked if the constant schedule of night shoots had been difficult, Madison elicited some of the virtues that the darkness has to offer, “There’s something very vulnerable about night shoots. You are emotionally in a different place when you’re awake and rested in the daytime. I think for something traumatic like this, you need to be able to access different emotions; at night you’re a lot more capable.”

At this point in production, Bailee’s character has seen a lot of action. A heavy amount of blood adorns the actor’s arms and a thick clotting mass of the red stuff covers most of her forehead. Keeping track of that damage for continuity from day to day looks like a grueling task, and makeup department head Jodi Byrne dropped some details about the process, “We have continuity photos and we take pictures of Bailee constantly throughout the day … We have to determine which takes are actually going to be used in the film and we move from that point.”

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive..

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