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Event Report: Shriekfest 2017 Wrap-up



Staci Layne Wilson from Psycho Therapy on the Shriekfest Red Carpet

Don’t be fooled by her petite frame, curly blonde locks and pretty face… Denise Gossett is a force to be reckoned with! She’s a creator in the ultimate sense of the word as a mom, but she’s also brought countless characters to life as an always-working actress and she’s the lifeforce behind the long-running independent horror/sci-fi and film festival and screenplay competition, Shriekfest. Shriekfest just wrapped its 17th year of scaring souls in Hollywood, CA (October 5-8). And it will be in Orlando, FL (October 21) next for a fun-filled day and night of features and shorts.

I first discovered Shriekfest as a fan, then shortly after that I starting writing and reporting professionally for various horror websites and got the opportunity to meet and interview many fantastic filmmakers. The only code I hadn’t cracked was coming in from the ultimate angle as a participant, but this year Psycho Therapy, a short thriller I wrote and directed, actually played on the big screen amongst the best of the best! Shriekfest is not an easy one to get into – regardless of past history, it’s all about the quality of the flick and whether the judges deem it worthy.

Opening party vibes with the Michael Myers themed DJ

It was an exciting honor to be an Official Selection, to say the least. And it did feel a little different from the fan or the journalist POV… in a good way! Though, it’s all good at Shriekfest: No matter what my role, I’ve always felt a sense of inclusiveness and camaraderie in the shared love of the genre and indie “can do” spirit.

Denise really knows how to throw a party – and that’s how she kicks off the fest. The gala and red carpet, where Girls & Corpses did interviews and snapped pics, was in the heart of Hollywood at Bar Sinister, a ghoulishly goth club which is duplex to Boardner’s (famous for being one of the last places Elizabeth Short was seen before being bisected and becoming The Black Dahlia).

I arrived with Psycho Therapy star and producer Brooke Lewis and producer Brice Campbell. We soon connected with the lovely and talented Barbara Magnolfi of Suspiria fame, and enjoyed blood-red cocktails while the Michael Myers masked DJ spun spooky vinyl. I got a chance to chat with my Dread Central cohorts Jon Condit and Sean Decker. Sean recently helped produce The Basement, which had its big world premiere at Shriekfest. We were there on the set of The Basement a few weeks back, so it was awesome to see how it all came together. I really enjoyed the movie! (And I’m not just saying that – when I don’t care for a friend’s movie I don’t say much of anything…)

Brooke Lewis from Psycho Therapy on the Shriekfest Red Carpet

It was a blast to see Psycho Therapy on the silver screen at the Old Hollywood stronghold, The Raleigh, on Sunday. The audience – filled with fellow filmmakers, friends, fans, and folks I don’t know – really reacted to the short in the best possible way (gasps and giggles in all the right places!). It was such an honor to be included with so many killer shorts. I liked them all, but some of the standouts for me were: Nightlight, a cute “monster under the bed” story; Echoes of the Passed, a unique and covertly humorous take on the haunted house trope; and Miscast, a bewitching Halloween comedy.

Last night, the awards were bestowed upon the winners, and here’s how it all shook out:

Gnaw directed by Haylar Garcia took the Grand Jury prize for Best Horror Feature Film, Curvature directed by Diego Hallivis took the Best SciFi Feature Film Award, and The Glass Coffin directed by Haritz Zubillaga took the Best Thriller Feature Film Award.

Burn directed by Judson Vaughan took the Best Horror Short Film Award, The Things They Left Behind directed by Sara Werner won the Best SciFi Short Film Award and Classified directed by Kevin McMahon and Andy Dylan took the best Super Short Film Award.

The winner of the Best Horror Feature Screenplay went to The Heebies written by Andrea D. McGee, the winner of the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature Screenplay was Remote written by Marc Roussel, and the winner of the Best Thriller Feature Screenplay went to Rational Panic written by Robert Rhine.

Denise Gossett in the Girls and Corpses hearse

Richard and Anastasia Elfman as attendees on the Shriekfest Red Carpet

Cayleb Long and Jackson Davis from The Basement on the Shriekfest Red Carpet

Opening party vibes with Staci Layne Wilson, Barbara Magnolfi, and Brooke Lewis

The happy winners behind the Best Horror Feature, Gnaw

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The Movie Crypt Raises $22,574.68 to Save Yorkies With YOUR Help



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



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:

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!

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



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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