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Happy Birthday Clive Barker!

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It may seem hard to believe, but the man whom Stephen King described as “the future of horror” has now been in this world for six and a half decades. That’s right… Clive Barker turns 65 today.

All of us here at Dread Central would like to wish this great man a very happy birthday!

Festivities are also well under way. Nicholas Vince, who played the Chatterer Cenobite in the first two Hellraiser movies, asked the audience to shout out a huge greeting to Clive at a 30th anniversary screening at London’s prestigious Prince Charles Cinema.

To celebrate the birthday of the genre legend in our own way, we decided to take look back at some of his least-talked about endeavors. You see, in addition to conquering the worlds of film and literature, Barker has also left his gruesome mark in the medium of video games.

Firstly, he wrote the aptly titled Clive Barker’s Undying, which was released on PC back in 2001. In addition to writing duties, Barker himself got to flex his acting chops by voicing the character Ambrose Covenant.

Developed and published by EA (I get so damn pissed off when people say that Dead Space was their first survival horror game), Undying was a first-person shooter with a focus on exploration. It is set in 1923, with WWI veteran and occult investigator Patrick Galloway trying to uncover the supernatural mysteries surrounding the enormous Covenant Estate, leading him to discover that an entity known as the Undying King is attempting to force his way into our world. I won’t go into too much detais about the plot, but you can enjoy a compilation of all the game’s cutscenes below.

Due to low sales, Undying never made its way to consoles, and that’s a damn shame. If you feel like re-visiting this forgotten gem, a digital PC version is available on GOG.Com for £4.69.

After Undying, we didn’t get another Clive Barker video game until the release of Jericho in 2007. It was published by Codemasters (making it one of their few non-racing games) and developed by MercurySteam, who would go on to hit the big time with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Metroid: Samus Returns. More linear and action-oriented than Undying, Jericho had you taking control of an elite task force known as the Department of Occult Warfare on a mission to prevent an ancient being known as the Firstborn from laying waste to the Earth.

Whilst the story was fantastic, I will admit that gameplay-wise, Jericho had its flaws (the confined areas gave you little room to maneuver, which was a problem when the enemies would literally explode), but otherwise, it was still a mostly enjoyable game.

Once again, you can enjoy a compilation of Jericho’s cutscenes below.

I’m sad to say that Jericho is not currently available on digital storefronts, although you can probably pick up a secondhand copy for a more than reasonable price.

Lastly, in case you needed any further proof that Barker is a true master of horror, I present a video of him defending the genre from a confrontational and often outright downright rude audience.

Once more, happy birthday to a true legend!

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Ash Vs Evil Dead Seasons 1 and 2 Are Now Streaming on Netflix

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The last word we brought you guys on the upcoming third season of Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” starring Bruce Campbell was when we shared the show’s all-new teaser trailer (below).

Today we have awesome news that the first two seasons are now streaming on Netflix!

So if you’ve been putting off watching the series (for some reason) or have been waiting until the day where you could just binge-watch the series in one grand swoop, then today is your day. There isn’t a better time than now. Just make sure you’re caught up come February.

Hell, yeah.

Are you excited to watch (or rewatch) the first two seasons of “Ash vs Evil Dead” on Netflix? Let us know below!

“Ash vs Evil Dead” stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3’s new showrunners are Mark Verheiden and Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season 3 hits STARZ Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Synopsis:

Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind’s only hope.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Animated Series Trollhunters 2 Now Streaming on Netflix

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Netflix’s “Trollhunters” isn’t a series I’ve had the chance to check out for myself. Nothing against the kid’s horror series, I just haven’t had the time.

That said I’ve heard good word-of-mouth regarding the series and being that it comes from the mind of Guillermo del Toro it can’t be a total waste of time. Especially with a cast featuring Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, and Anton Yelchin.

If you’re like me and haven’t given the show a go yet, then make sure to check out the following promos below and then make your mind up from there. You have to hand it to the series as it looks utterly stunning. Hope the actual content holds up. Only one way to find out!

“Trollhunters” is created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. Executive producers include Marc Guggenheim, Rodrigo Blaas, Christina Steinberg, and Chad Hammes. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman are co-executive producers.

Voice talent for includes Kelsey Grammer (“The Simpsons,” X-Men: The Last Stand), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”), and Anton Yelchin (Fright Night).

“Trollhunters Part 2” is now streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:

When ordinary teenager Jim Lake, Jr., stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, Jim is determined to save the world – right after gym class.

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Rob Lowe Plants The Bad Seed for Lifetime

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A new version of the much beloved classic The Bad Seed will soon be sprouting up on Lifetime television as Deadline is reporting that Rob Lowe is set to direct and star in a remake of the 1956 Oscar-nominated thriller.

This latest reimagining is penned by Barbara Marshall (Wish Upon) based on a best-selling novel by William March that was adapted as a long-running Broadway play. Lowe will star as a father who seems to have everything under control. But when a terrible tragedy takes place at his daughter, Emma’s, school, he is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his beloved girl. He slowly begins to question if Emma’s exemplary behavior is just a façade and whether she played a role in the horrific incident. When more strange things begin to happen, he’s faced with keeping a terrible secret to protect Emma but ultimately must stop her from striking again.

Lowe, The Wolper Organization’s Mark Wolper (“Bates Motel,” “Roots”), and Elizabeth Stephen executive produce. Preliminary casting is under way with production eyeing an early 2018 start.

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