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Just back from shooting Piranha 3DD in Wilmington, North Carolina (the flick opens nationwide via Dimension this coming November 23), director John Gulager, who’s currently knee-deep in post-production, took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us regarding the shoot as well what fans can expect of his sequel to the 2010 Alexandre Aja-helmed Piranha 3D. Read on!

Following twenty-five days of wet and wild production with director of photography Alexandre Lehmann, the filmmaker (who directed from a script by long-time collaborators Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton) said of his first foray into the world of 3D, “It does take longer to shoot (in that format), although the company still wants you to shoot it in the same amount of time (you would film a traditional movie), and there’s no running off and just getting shots because there is a train (of equipment) which follows you around. Everything 3D is pretty big and pretty heavy, and it’s all on a crane, bipod or slider, although we did have smaller underwater hand-held 3D rigs.

Gulager, whose previous horror works include the decidedly punk rock in tone Feast films (which he approached with an effective run-and-gun aesthetic), expounded self-deprecatingly of the challenges he faced on the 3D production, “I did the least amount of work of anyone on set! Everyone was working so freaking hard that I just sort of walked around and went, ‘Action! Cut!’

Dread questioned Gulager of the tone he intends for Piranha 3DD, given his and the screenwriters’ subversive sensibilities which are invariably the hallmark of his Feast franchise, to which he replied, “I think here we are making more of a pop movie than more of a completely insane monster film. We are kind of making a big drive-in movie. It’s different than Feast. I think it’s good to appeal to people other than those that are just into the horror genre. I don’t mean that as a cop-out. I just think that’s what it should be, this particular film, like the first one was – which was a pretty straight film. It was basically the story of a working mother, her kid, a pornographer and man-eating fish,” he laughed. “I was happy they went there with all of the gore and the blood. In this case the piranhas have already happened, and now it’s a year later so as far as that goes, it’s not a total surprise. There is a bit of a mystery element to the film, though. What we intended to do was to make a fun movie.

Exclusive: Director John Gulager Talks Piranha 3DD in Real 3D and More!

As a fan of film and of the theater-going experience, Gulager hails from a place decidedly pre-internet, and thusly remained coy when queried on the horrific surprises Piranha 3DD is slated to deliver as well as some of the flick’s inspired stunt casting, some of which has already found its way online (actors Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Sheer, Katrina Bowden, Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez and Clu Gulager make up the cast of Piranha 3DD with appearances by “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff and veteran actor turned reality star Gary Busey).

In this kind of movie there’s a lot of stuff you shouldn’t really know before you see it,” Gulager mused of Piranha 3DD, “and I think it would be more fun for people if they didn’t actually know who was in the film (prior to seeing it) and things just happen, like someone opens a door and the audience has that ‘Oh my gosh!’ moment, but in these days of IMDB? For quite a while the names reported online and in periodicals as being in the film were incorrect. What was funny, though, was that some of them actually were (eventually) cast.”

In regard to the film’s effects as they pertained to the underwater sequences, “There’s a lot more practical stuff in this movie than the first,” allowed Gulager of the flick’s titular creatures and carnage, which were handled by Gary Tunnicliffe (the FX maven who paired with Gulager on the Feast films). “There’s a lot of underwater stuff, and Gary is a scuba diver (in actuality). A lot of the camera people and effects people (on the shoot) were, too, and that was kind of surprising to me, which was good. Although I didn’t do that, I just ran around in a bathing suit and got bit to shit by North Carolina bugs.”

Commenting on the challenges inherent to directing a cast and crew who were often submerged, “It was hard,” stated the director. “We had an underwater speaker that would allow me to talk to them a little bit, but it was tough. We had quite a few scuba safety guys in the water because everyone had varying degrees of ability to swim and to hold their breath, so some takes took a long time because they were dangerous to shoot. I grew up in California so I can swim pretty well, and I guess I took that for granted. Other people come from other parts of the country, where they may not have had a swimming pool in their backyards and aren’t as comfortable in the water, so that changed things also in shooting. But in the end they all look like they swam like dolphins!

With film editors Devin C. Lussier and Martin Bernfeld currently working on an assembly cut of Piranha 3DD (a film produced by Mark Canton, Marc Toberoff and Joel Soisson, with executive producer Chako van Leeuwen and co-producers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg), Gulager said, “They are very good and very intuitive. They edited Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine 3D so they are familiar with the format.”

As for whether or not Piranha actor Gary Busey (whose wild exploits on the reality series “Celebrity Rehab” and “Celebrity Apprentice” have become the stuff of legend, or at least gossip-blog fodder) exuded any similar tendencies during the production of Piranha 3DD, you’ll unfortunately have to wait, although this writer guarantees an interesting article in the near future as well as more exclusives from Piranha 3DD.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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