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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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The Movie Crypt Raises $22,574.68 to Save Yorkies With YOUR Help

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This past weekend marked Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and Arwen’s second annual 48-hour LIVE Movie Crypt charity marathon in which they stayed up with the help of some truly awesome guests to raise money for SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE.

When all was said and done that gang raised $22,574.68 for the charity and had a blast doing so! We’re talking barrels full of cute and cuddly’s were saved over the weekend with your help. Be proud. You guys helped to do something increcible and there should be no greater feeling.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to congratulate everyone involved and offer our sincerest of thanks to everyone who took part from listener, to talent, to contributor… thank you for making a difference not only in the lives of the animals your money will help to save, but also the lives and loves of the kind folks inhabiting their prospective forever homes. Bless you, all.

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Ho-Ho Horrible Imaginings Brings Yuletide Screams

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Picture it. It is a week before Halloween, or even earlier. You walk to the store to check out some decorations and toys to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve and get greeted by Christmas trees and beaming Saint Nick statues. Yes, the encroachment of the expanding Christmas season on our dark holiday in October raises my cackles every time! That’s why Horrible Imaginings Film Festival fights back with Christmas-themed horrors in December!

Ho Ho Horrible Imaginings 2017 returns to San Diego’s Digital Gym Cinema on Friday, December 15th, to deck the halls with screams of terror! In the past, we have screened such classics as Christmas Evil, Black Christmas, All Through the House, and Silent Night Bloody Night, as well as some great short films like “Treevenge” and “Do You Hear What I Hear!” This year, we have delved deep into the treasure trove of bloody goodness! We are showing a rarely-seen feature THAT WE ARE KEEPING A SECRET! That’s right! You don’t open gifts until the special day, so we are doing this the right way! No peeking!

Tickets include a Border-town holiday meal of tamales, Mexican hot chocolate, and more! Seating is super limited, so get your tickets now!

Check out the stocking-stuffer short films below:

Foxwood
From our friends at Ghost Party Pictures! A blind date takes a monstrous turn as a young couple meet on a cold Christmas night. With filmmakers in attendance!

Santaland
When a couple of boys choose the secluded road beside it to park and make out, they end up on a ride they didn’t buy a ticket for.

Merry Xmas…Love, K
From the folks who brought us When Susurrus Stirs and Excarnate, comes this story about two boys who get an unpleasant surprise when Santa isn’t the only Christmas spirit to pay them a visit.

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Watch a City Come Together and a Monster Created in These Videos From The Sinking City

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I’ve been keeping a very close eye on Frogwares’ The Sinking City, which is a 3rd person horror adventure that takes place in a world that is as inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes as it is by H.P. Lovecraft and his eldritch terrors. While still early in development, the team is beginning to share some pretty incredible things out of their offices (like these creepy statues) to keep the public up-to-date as well as show them just how much work goes into creating something so expansive and fascinating.

Today, I want to bring you a taste of the world that Frogwares is building through two videos. The first shows the process by which they created the actual city that the game takes place in. Obviously trying to hand create each and every building is a tedious process at best, nigh-well impossible task at its most realistic. Rather than attempt such a monumental undertaking, the team created a program that will build the city based on criteria that they set forth. It’s a very clever solution to a very real problem and the end result still feels like their personal touch is all over it.

The second video is a 3D time lapse of a monster as it goes from rough shape to a highly detailed, grotesquely designed monstrosity that is nothing short of nightmarish. It’s a chance to see how an artist creates something phenomenal from something so simple, each step adding a new layer of sickening, yet fascinating, macabre horror.

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