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Exclusive Early Word on Allen + Millie: A Short Romance; Behind-the-Scenes Stills and More!

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Our good friend Brooke Lewis and her Philly Chick Pictures production company just sent over the early details about their latest project, Allen + Millie: A Short Romance, along with a few exclusive behind-the-scenes stills that give us a taste of what’s to come in this horror rom-com with a twist.

It’s a wrap for comedy, romance, horror film Allen + Millie: A Short Romance! Written and directed by Markus Redmond (Fight Club, “Doogie Howser, M.D.”), the film stars Brooke Lewis (iMurders, Slime City Massacre) and Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn, Back to the Future).

Allen + Millie: A Short Romance is brought to us by executive producers Brooke Lewis, James Lantiegne, and White Rabbit Entertainment.  The gifted production crew also includes cinematographer Kaity Williams, production sound mixer Kally Williams, assistant director Gustavo Pena, production supervisor Joshua Lantiegne, and editor Steve Siebold. In addition, music is provided by Mike “Fuse” Henry, hair and makeup is by Kelly Stark, and Thomas Jordan handled behind-the-scenes video.

The below photos are by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo, who shared set photography duties with Nathan Mitchell.

“Allen + Millie: A Short Romance was a gift from the short film universe! I had been wanting to work with Markus Redmond on a film for some time. He and I share an affinity for classic black and white films in the style of filmmaking greats like Billy Wilder. One day, Markus and I were on the phone discussing another project, and he remembered an idea he had had that he thought I would love as an actress. So he sent me Allen + Millie: A Short Romance, and it made the blood in my Scream Queen veins pump! I instantly fell in love with the role of Millie Lane, as she is a ‘B-movie starlet’ from the 1930s.  (Wait… does art imitate life or life imitate art? LOL!) We were inspired to make this ‘picture,’ and it all fell into place! I was also in love with the White Rabbit Theater location, where Markus and I had shot something before, and James Lantiegne joined us as an executive producer. Once I got one of my favorite actors and dearest friends, Courtney Gains, to sign on to play Allen, I was elated! The final touches were the powerhouse sister team of Kaity and Kally Williams (cinematographer and production sound mixer), about whom Markus got me excited! And last, but not least, for all the loyal horror fans – spoiler alert! – there is a fun clip of Greg Lamberson’s Slime City Massacre shown in the film and a scary twist inside this romantic comedy!” – Brooke Lewis

“Brooke and I had more friends in common than we realized, so it was probably inevitable that we connected. She wanted to find something for us to collaborate on together and wasn’t sure how that would happen. I knew Brooke was big in the horror scene, and horror was a genre I had not created before since it’s not in my lane. I’m a big fan of the old films of the 30s and 40s, and I’m a student of Woody Allen’s films, so that’s where I live creatively. I had been kicking around an idea about a Woody Allen-esque character, neurotic and depressed, wanting to end it all but being terrified of death. What if there was a way around that fear? Would he take it? What would it be? That’s where the idea for the project was born from.” – Markus Redmond

Allen + Millie: A Short Romance is in post-production and will hit both mainstream and genre festivals in 2018.

Synopsis:
Forever doesn’t take that long…

Allen Mitchell (Courtney Gains) has just accepted that his life will never turn out like he planned. His only solace from this cruel realization? An afternoon at the movies to watch his favorite starlet, Millie Lane (Brooke Lewis). Of course, Millie Lane is a long-forgotten film star from the 1930s, but that doesn’t stop her from being Allen’s one obsession, her old movies being the only thing in this world that he can truly count on.

But this afternoon will be much different… this afternoon he’s joined in the theater by Millie Lane herself! Is this just Allen’s fantasy taking his mind over? Or is he in for a life the likes of which he’d never dared dream of?

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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 cuddlies that were saved over the weekend with your help. Be proud. You guys helped do something incredible, 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 listeners, to talent, to contributors… 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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