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Innocent Blood – Steve Newton’s Retro Reviews



Twenty-five years ago yesterday—on September 25, 1992—an overlooked vampire flick called Innocent Blood was released in North American theatres.

I didn’t overlook it, though. I looked right at it. And liked it.

Here’s my original review:

1992 hasn’t been a banner year for horror movies. There hasn’t been anything near as fine as last year’s The Silence of the Lambs in the glut of Stephen King-related/-ripped off losers like The Lawnmower Man and Pet Sematary Two. But things are looking up with the frightening and very funny Innocent Blood, a “flesh and blood” horror flick in the best sense of the term.

“La Femme Nikita’s” Anne Parillaud toplines as Marie, a sexy vampire in modern-day Pittsburgh who won’t drink the “innocent blood” of good folks, but greets the prospect of gorging herself on the life fluid of bad guys with rabid enthusiasm. After reading newspaper headlines about a brutal Mafia gang war, she decides to eat Italian, but her gangster-munching goes awry when she’s caught sucking on underworld boss Sal Macelli (Jagged Edge’s Oscar-nominee Robert Loggia).

Because Marie had to run and didn’t have time to remove Macelli’s head from his shoulders, he becomes a vampire and soon discovers that being undead is the best thing that’s ever happened in his ruthless career. He quickly sets out to turn the rest of his cruel comrades—including an attorney played by Don Rickles—into bloodsuckers like himself, intent on making his gang more powerful and deadly than ever.

Undercover cop Joe Gennaro (Whispers in the Dark’s Anthony LaPaglia) falls in love with Marie while investigating the bloody chain of events, and the two join forces to track down and exterminate the bad vamps. Along the way, director John Landis juggles the romantic, comic, and scary elements of the film with the same outlandish style he brought to 1981’s An American Werewolf in London, but pushes the sex and violence to higher bounds.

Parillaud’s impressive physical attributes are given free reign, as are the special make-up effects skills of Steve Johnson, whose previous work on flicks like Videodrome and the upcoming Hideous Mutant Freaks prepared him well for the grisly job at hand.

Cameo appearances by terror icons Dario Argento, Sam Raimi, and Tom Savini help make Innocent Blood a hoot for horror fans, but you don’t have to be a gorehound or a vampire lover to get a kick out of the film’s virulent mix of guts and guffaws.

It’s just a bonus.

For more from Steve Newton, visit his website about rock ‘n’ roll and horror movies, Ear of Newt!

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Samuel L. Jackson Wraps on M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass



That was fast. It was just two weeks ago that we shared your first on-set look at Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Unbreakable/Split sequel, and today we have news that Jackson has wrapped his role.

The update comes to us directly from Shyamalan himself who took to Twitter to let us all know that not only has Sam Jackson wrapped his role in Glass, but there is only one week left of filming overall.

Here is his tweet:

Does this mean the crew has gathered up enough footage to give us all a teaser trailer in the near future? I would think so, so let’s not be too surprised if that’s just what we get before the end of the year.

Fingers crossed.

The film is written & directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya-Taylor Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, and Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass.

Glass hits theaters January 18, 2019.


Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

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Short Film: Tony Morales’ Hada Will Creep You Out



Here at Dread Central, we are always on the lookout to peep and share cool new horror shorts from around the web. Case in point, director Tony Morales’ Hada.

The short film was selected for 260 festivals and received 50 awards, and you can now check it out in its entirety below.

I watched it this past weekend and there were more than a few shots contained within that chilled my bones. All about those feet moving up onto the bed. Brr. That’s all I’ll say.

Actually, I’ll say a (tiny) bit more: Someone needs to give Morales a shot at one of the new Conjuring-universe films. I think he’d knock it out of the park.

Watch the flick and you’ll see what I mean.

Again, you can check out the short below and then after giving the film a viewing, make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below!

You can become a fan of the short film on Facebook HERE.


Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because his last child tooth has fallen out. What Daniel doesn´t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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