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2017 Reaper Awards Nominees Announced; Fan Vote Now Open!

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With Labor Day Weekend traditionally considered the “end of summer,” that means fall and the Halloween season are officially on their way.  Which also means it’s time to kick off the voting for the 2017 Reaper Awards!

If you’re a regular Dread Central reader, you know that each year we co-sponsor the Reaper Awards with Home Media Magazine; and per usual, 2017 brings us some very worthy nominees.  So read on for the details, and then be sure to vote for your favorites! If you don’t like any of the choices, feel free to write in your own picks.

You’ll find the Best Packaging nominees below; click HERE to see images of your Best Box Art choices.

2017 Reaper Awards – Nominees and Voting Details:
The Reaper Awards, honoring the best horror and thriller titles of the past year on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, are presented by Home Media Magazine and DreadCentral.com. Eligible titles were released between August 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017. Winners will be announced October 30, 2017.

Fans can select their favorites from the past year in several categories. Titles were submitted by participating studios. Voting ends October 13, 2017.

Results of the consumer vote will be combined with the selections of a judging panel of horror experts and home entertainment reviewers. The panel of judges will also select a Title of the Year. Access the ballot via HomeMediaMagazine.com/ReaperVote.

Choice Theatrical Cut
The Belko Experiment (Fox)
The Conjuring 2 (Warner)
Rings (Paramount)
Don’t Breathe (Sony Pictures)

Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Title
Resident Evil: Vendetta (Sony Pictures)
XX (Magnolia)
Awakening the Zodiac (Sony Pictures)
Satanic (Magnolia)

Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title)
Pulse Blu-ray (Mill Creek)
Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition (Fox)
The Thing: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)
Carrie: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)
Donnie Darko: Limited Edition (MVD/Arrow)

Best Collection
Hellraiser: Scarlet Box Trilogy (MVD/Arrow)
Psycho Circus Triple Feature (Mill Creek)

Best Extras
Brain Damage: Special Edition ((MVD/Arrow)
The Thing: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)
Hellraiser: Scarlet Box Trilogy (MVD/Arrow)

Best Box Art
Banshee: Season 4 (HBO)
Officer Downe (Magnolia)
Tales From the Hood: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory)
Awakening the Zodiac (Sony Pictures)
House: Two Stories (MVD/Arrow)
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage: Limited Edition (MVD/Arrow)

Best Packaging (see below)
Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition (Fox)
Donnie Darko: Limited Edition (MVD/Arrow)
Resident Evil: Vendetta — Steelbook (Sony Pictures)

Best Big Bad
The Countess — “American Horror Story: Hotel” (Fox)
Ariego (Diego/Arias Fusion) — Resident Evil: Vendetta (Sony Pictures)
The Blind Man — Don’t Breathe (Sony Pictures)
Samara — Rings (Paramount)
Valak the Demon Nun — The Conjuring 2 (Warner)

Best Kill
Ramsay Bolton — Game of Thrones: Season 6 (HBO)
Nun — Officer Downe (Magnolia)
Carrie Hopewell, Deva Hopewell, Job, and unknown attacker — Banshee: Season 4 (HBO)

Overall
What do you think is the best Horror/Thriller title of the past year (released between August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017)?

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AfterShock Comics Announces New Series Brothers Dracul

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We’ve mentioned AfterShock Comics a few times around these parts, and now they’re about to release a new series that has Dread Central’s name all over it! Read on for the first word on Brothers Dracul from Cullen Bunn (X-Men) with art by Mirko Colak (The Punisher), who previously teamed up for AfterShock’s Unholy Grail.

Bunn and Colak are joined by colorist Maria Santaolalla and letterer Simon Bowland. Cover A is by Colak and Santaolalla while Francesco Francavilla provided Cover B.  Issue #1 hits stores on April 11th.

Bunn describes a bit of what the book is about and discusses working with the same creative team as AfterShock’s Unholy Grail“I’m thrilled to be working on BROTHERS DRACUL, a 15th century horror tale that explores the ‘true’ history of the infamous Vlad the Impaler. With this book, we’ve brought the entire creative team of Unholy Grail along. I’m working with artist Mirko Colak, colorist Maria Santaolalla, and letterer Simon Bowland once again. We had so much fun telling a horror story with King Arthur as its central figure, we had to get the gang back together for this story, featuring one of the most shocking icons of horrific history!”

Synopsis:
From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mirko Colak comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

The legend of Vlad the Impaler is the stuff of nightmares. The inspiration for the most iconic of monsters—Dracula, Vlad tortured and murdered thousands of victims. But what turned him into such a depraved killer? The truth lies in his teenage years, when Vlad and his brother, Radu, were held hostage by the Ottoman Empire. During this time the brothers learned many things—archery, riding, the art of combat, matters of court… and how to stalk and slay vampires.

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Fight Chainsaw-wielding Psychos in Retro FPS Dusk

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Strongly inspired by hardcore ’90s shooters such as Doom and Quake, the brutal retro-style FPS Dusk has now made its way onto Steam Early Access, with a full release promised to be coming within the next several months.

Dusk was created by indie developer David Szymanski and published by New Blood Interactive, with the soundtrack composed by Rise of the Triad’s Andrew Hulshult. You play as a treasure hunter who travels to the mysterious town of Dusk, Pennsylvania, where he is captured by the locals and hung on a meat hook. After barely escaping with your life, you’re forced to arm yourself with whatever you can you can get your hands on in an effort to fight your way through both the insane locals and the dark supernatural forces which have also settled in the town. So if you’ve ever entertained fantasies of wielding a double-barrel shotgun and going up against chainsaw-wielding psychos wearing potato sacks over their heads, your dreams are about to come true.

Dusk Official Synopsis
DUSK reintroduces you to a world where butchery and bloodshed must be mastered if you’re to survive ’til dawn. Inspired by Quake, Blood, Heretic, Hexen, Half-Life, Redneck Rampage and all your ’90s favorites, and featuring a soundtrack by metal music mastermind Andrew Hulshult.

In THREE distinct campaign episodes hand-crafted from straight outta the ’90s, players battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants and even darker forces and attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the Earth. Featuring a vast arsenal of badass weaponry including saw blades, dual-wielded shotguns from 1887 and an incredibly necessary grenade launcher, DUSK is unapologetic retro action from start to finish.

In addition to the main campaign, DUSK features an Endless Survival Mode, putting you front and center of wave after wave of enemies. For those looking for an extra challenge, DUSK also offers the chance to go head to head online to battle your friends in arena multiplayer, where darkness hosts the worst of humanity in surprising new ways.

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

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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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