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Five years. Ups and downs. Crowning achievements. Growing pains aplenty. Old friends. New faces. Everything in-between. That’s pretty much what the ride has been like for us here at Dread Central, and every bit of joy and pain has never seemed more worth it.

On July 4th, 2006, Dread Central opened its doors and the lunatics officially began running the asylum. Honestly, it was a crapshoot. Did the world really need another horror website? We were going to either sink or swim. Thankfully, you, dear readers, were right there to toss us a life preserver; and we’ve been swimming upstream ever since.

As always, I’d like to take this time to acknowledge the folks who have really helped to make this online destination for all things spooky your home. The Foywonder, Andrew Kasch, Buz Wallick, Scott Johnson, Mr. Dark, Nomad, Morgan, Joe Knetter, and Emilie Noetzel have been soldiers since the beginning. You guys are the foundation that every single brick has been built upon. The words “We love you” cannot even begin to describe how we feel about each of you.

Other faces have found their way into the family and have stayed on as extremely important cogs in what makes this machine work. MattFini, Sean Decker, Heather Wixson, Brian Smith, Elaine Lamkin, Gareth Jones, Thom Carnell, Chris Haberman, Serena Whitney, Kalebson, Evil Andy, Paul McCannibal, Pierre-Wolf, Rick Trembles, Drew Tinnin, Erik Van Der Wolf, Heather Buckley, and Crix Lee. To say you guys rock is a bit of an understatement. Thank you SO much for everything that you continue to do.

And there are even a couple of new faces we’re lucky to have who have instantly become part of the family … Doctor Gash and DougEvil … thanks for being psychotic enough to want in and then not running away like your heads were on fire. You’ll be seeing much more of these two.

Then there are my direct partners in crime, the people who deserve far more accolades than they get … the backbone of the entire operation, Jon Condit, KW Low, and Debi Moore. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel thankful that you all humored me enough to start this wacky journey and see it through. You guys are the reason I breathe. Thank you.

And a special nod to all who have been with us and went on to other things. You know who you are. You’ll never be forgotten.

Finally, and most importantly, there’s you guys. The people who come here and tune in to our shenanigans day in and day out. The denizens of our little island of misfit toys. Don’t think for one second that we don’t realize that you are the folks who allow us to do what we do. You’re not just our readership, you’re our peers. Thanks to the old faces who have stuck with us, thanks to the new faces who have made themselves known, and of course thanks to the people who read along quietly. You all keep us on our toes, and we are grateful for that. In the end it’s you who have shaped what Dread Central has become.

Much love, guys! Thanks for five amazing years, and here’s to many more to come. Rock and roll, baby …

Dread Central Turns Five! Time to Blow Stuff Up!

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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