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Travel Channel Unveils Full October Schedule Including Extreme Hotels, Vampires, and a Four-Part Ghost Adventures

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A quest to highlight out-of-this-world expeditions; heart-pounding adventures; scary, tasty treats; and ghost stories from fascinating places has Travel Channel stars crisscrossing the globe in October; and we have your full details right here!

The month begins with a special premiere of “Extreme Hotels” as Anthony Melchiorri checks into haunted hotels around the world. Josh Gates searches for evidence of life beyond the stars in “Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials,” while Don Wildman heads to Transylvania to unearth the real story behind bloodsucking, immortal demons in “Vampires: Mysteries at the Museum.”

The thrills increase when Zak Bagans leads a four-part “Ghost Adventures” lockdown in Vicksburg, Mississippi, considered one of the world’s most haunted cities; and the new series “Xtreme Screams” premieres with back-to-back episodes of the ear-piercing screams heard at hair-raising rides and attractions.

Here are more details about Travel Channel’s October series and specials:

Out-Of-This-World Expeditions

“Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials” / Four-Part Special
It is mankind’s eternal question: Are we alone in the universe? Adventurer and explorer Josh Gates sets off on an epic 50,000-mile, multi-continent quest across North America, South America, Africa, and Europe, searching for evidence of life beyond our planet and the truth behind longstanding extraterrestrial legends. From exploring ancient signs of aliens on remote Easter Island to hunting for meteorite fragments in Zimbabwe, Gates boldly goes where no adventurer has gone before.
Airdates: Wednesday, October 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

“Expedition Unknown: After the Hunt” / Four After-Show Specials
For fans that can’t get enough of “Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials,” each hour-long episode will revisit Gates’ journey in a candid, behind-the-scenes forum. Gates and his team dig deeper into their astounding findings, further analyze key evidence, and reveal never-before-seen footage from the expedition.
Airdates: Wednesday, October 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Extreme Screams

“Xtreme Screams” / New Series
Fear has a sound, and “Xtreme Screams” will ensure that thrill-seekers’ screams – heard at exhilarating rides, attractions, and experiences around the world – will reverberate in viewers’ ears long after they watch each heart-pumping episode. From Colorado’s Terror-Dactyl, which launches riders 100 mph over Manitou Springs, to a heart-pounding jump off the 260-foot high Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa, one thing each adventure has in common is the ear-piercing shrieks coming from those brave enough to try it!
Airdates: Sunday, October 8, 15, 22, 29 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

Fun Food

“Food Paradise” – “Scary Good” / Special Episode
Take a terrifying tour of some of the most haunted, or just plain haunting, restaurants in the country. From kitschy kitchens that celebrate All Hallows’ Eve year-round to dining in dungeons or grabbing drinks with your monster squad in an old jailhouse, one thing remains the same: No matter where we go in “boo paradise,” the food is always scary good.
Airdate: Sunday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Spooky Adventures

“Extreme Hotels” – “Haunted Hospitality” / Special Episode
Host Anthony Melchiorri faces his fears—braving the most haunted hotels in the world. From Ottawa Jail Hostel to Chillingham Castle, the hotelier’s beliefs and nerves are put to the test as he travels to creepy castles and mansions, staying in rooms with fearsome stories from housekeepers and groundskeepers.
Airdate: Monday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

“Vampires: Mysteries at the Museum” / One-Hour Special
The vampire legend may be over 1,000 years old, but Dracula and other vampire myths continue to both frighten and entertain us. Host Don Wildman heads to Romania to explore its rich medieval history, mystical folklore, and dank caves filled with bats to unearth the real story behind the vampire legend – and it’s even more frightening than we could imagine.
Airdate: Thursday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

“Ghost Adventures” – “Hauntings of Vicksburg” / Four-Part Special
Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and the “Ghost Adventures” team head to haunted Vicksburg, Mississippi, exploring the lasting impact the Civil War’s Siege of Vicksburg has had on the city. The team searches for paranormal evidence during lockdown investigations in McRaven Mansion, considered to be the most haunted building in the South; an antique doll museum said to contain dolls that come alive; an abandoned hospital; and the site of the Battle of Champion Hill.
Airdates: Saturday, October 7 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday, October 14 and 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

“Haunted USA” / Four One-Hour Specials
See America’s towns and cities like never before on this spellbinding tour of the historically spookiest and most spirited destinations in the country. From enchanted hotels to bewitched bar rooms, “Haunted USA” shows off some of the strangest and scariest paranormal places.
Airdates: Sunday, October 8, 15, 22, 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

“Ghost Adventures” – “Museum of Madness” and “Annabelle’s Curse” / Two-Part Halloween Special
“Ghost Adventures’” Zak Bagans has opened a Haunted Museum in downtown Las Vegas, housing his collection of haunted and cursed objects. With several new items on hand, Bagans calls on experts from previous “Ghost Adventures” investigations to tap into the energies within each object. In the second half of the two-part special, Bagans invites three lucky fans to the museum to further investigate the dark entities. Then Bagans ups the fear factor with the arrival of the famously haunted doll Annabelle, who comes with very strict rules: no physical handling, no provoking, and a quart of holy water must be on standby in case of possession.
Airdate: Saturday, October 28 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT

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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Film Will Be Dark and Scary

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s 90’s kid’s horror anthology “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. I even own the entire series on DVD with some of my favorite episodes being “Laughing the Dark” and “Dead Man’s Float”.

It is with this in mind, we are excited as hell to pass along the news that the classic series will be making it’s way to the big screen in the near future!

Gary Dauberman the screenwriter behind such recent horror hits as IT, Annabelle: Creation and The Nun has been tasked with penning the script for the new feature film.

“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones,” Dauberman told THR. “We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”

The flick will be hitting us via producer Matt Kaplan (The Darkness) and Paramount’s new division Paramount Players. Which is headed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) and will work with Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET to generate projects.

Did you watch “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as a kid on Snick? What’re your favorite episodes? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

We will let you know as soon as we hear more on Are You Afraid of the Dark? so stay tuned! Until then, you can buy the entire series on DVD starting right HERE!

Synopsis:

This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods, where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.

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