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First Impressions: Tim Sullivan’s I Was a Teenage Werebear



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On Saturday, July 9th, Dread Central hosted a sneak peek of Tim Sullivan’s “I Was a Teenage Werebear” from the Chillerama anthology in Metuchen, New Jersey; and in advance of the full film being shown this Friday, July 22, at San Diego Comic-Con, we thought we’d provide you with our first impressions of “Werebear” to help whet your appetites.

First Impressions: Tim Sullivan's I Was a Teenage WerebearAh the 50’s with their beach blanket parties always erupting into song and dance and, later that evening, awkward groping done off camera. After all, this was a “gentler” time and such naughty moments were alluded to but otherwise never seen in public. It is with these images in mind and a great love of John Waters that a man named Tim Sullivan brings us a little film called “I Was a Teenage Wearbear!!”

In high school we all go through that awkward age. For some it is a time of sexual exploration, but for others the days are filled with nothing but confusion. Ricky (Brent Corrigan) is one such troubled youth, constantly pursued by the pesky Peggy Lou (Gabby West), who wields her vagina like a loaded weapon. Just when it seems he will be doomed to bow to the pressures of social conformity, along comes Talon (Anton Troy), the slicked back pretty boy greaser and his mini biker pack (who look more like his backup dancers).

Talon instantly sets his sights on Ricky, but his designs go further than a romp behind the bleachers. Talon is a WEREBEAR, and when he’s aroused, out come his leather chaps, beer belly and all that luxurious chest hair to go with it. It’s as if the living embodiment of the classic Wolfman was gang-raped by the Pink Flamingos gang and their offspring shot out, fully formed from Divine’s nether regions. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

There are also elements of The Lost Boys thrown in. You half expect Talon to remark, “You’re eating penis, Ricky…how does it taste?” But never fear, homophobes. Director Tim Sullivan keeps the cock out of his film. Ironically, there’s probably more penis in the Hangover movies.

The film plays on with regular musical interludes performed with Troma-esque glee in tones that won’t break your eardrums but probably won’t win anyone a spot on “American Idol” either. We can forgive them because the overall effect is priceless. Gold stars for Anton Troy as Talon, who is practically ripped from a vintage episode of “Beverly Hills 90210” and brings a level of charm to the film that is counterpoint to his slobbering, fanged alter ego. Also high marks for Gabby West (winner of “Scream Queens”…for what that was worth to her), who is nothing but hilarious in just about every second she appears on the screen. I also have to throw a tip of the hat to Adam Robitel, who takes over the screen in the few moments his character, Butch, appears to bully Ricky. This guy should really start getting some bigger roles to chew on!

Sullivan goes heavy on the “Splatstick” comedy, which is to say this short film is hysterically bloody and over-the-top in the most excellent of ways. Seeing this with a theater full of horror fans just out for a good time was absolutely the best way to view it, as the hooting, hollering and catcalls were almost an integral part of the soundtrack. This has got to be the first intentionally gay horror film I’ve ever seen (as I’m not counting Powder or Nightmare on Elm Street 2), and I loved every minute of it. In fact, the gay element is not shoved in your face at all. This is simply a movie about a boy who is bit on the ass by a homosexual monster and then has to choose between total carnage or a blissful, if not somewhat awkward co-existence with his former human race. Can’t we all relate to that?

First Impressions: Tim Sullivan's I Was a Teenage Werebear

Click here for our full image gallery from the “I Was a Teenage Werebear” New Jersey premiere, and we hope to see many of you this Friday night at the Chillerama premiere at SDCC (more details here), followed by a Q&A hosted by our own Uncle Creepy!

Produced by ArieScope Pictures and in the spirit of classic “omnibus” films like Dead of Night, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, CHILLERAMA offers something for every bad taste. With titles like “Wadzilla,” “I Was A Teenage Werebear,” “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” and “Zom-B-Movie,” CHILLERAMA features appearances by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Hatchet), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Kane Hodder (Hatchet and Hatchet II), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Sharktopus) and more cameos than one can (body) count. CHILLERAMA is a festival of gore, guts, goofiness and good times.

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The Dollmaker Short Film Review – Welcome to Heebie Jeebie City!



Starring Perri Lauren, Sean Meehan, Dan Berkey

Directed by Alan Lougher

The loss of a young child drives a mother to take a set of unusual measures to preserve his memory, and all it takes is one call to The Dollmaker.

When the short film by Alan Lougher opens up, we see a rather disturbing image of a little boy inside a casket, and the sound of a grieving mom speaking with an unidentified man in the background – he’s requesting something personal of the child to help “finish” his product, and it’s not before long that mom has her little boy back…well, kind of. What remains of the child is the representation of his former self, although it’s contained within the frame of a not-so-attractive doll, and the boy’s father isn’t a believer in this type of hocus-pocus (or the price to have this constructed, either). The doll comes with a specific set of instructions, but most importantly, you cannot spend more than one hour a day with the doll, or else you’ll go mad thinking that the soul inside of it is actually the person that you lost – sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

Well this is just too good to be true for Mommy, and as the short film progresses, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to her mind – it’s ultimately a depressing scenario, but Lougher gives it that creepy feel, almost like visiting a relative’s home and seeing their dearly departed pet stuffed and staring at you over the fireplace – HEEBIE-JEEBIE CITY, if you ask me. All in all, the quickie is gloomy, but ultimately chilling in nature, and is most definitely worth a watch, and if I might use a quote from one of my favorite films to apply to this subject matter: “Sometimes…dead is better.”

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Chiller Channel Will Be Discontinued This January



Back in March of 2007, the Chiller horror channel was launched. The channel was filled with wall-to-wall horror movies and TV shows.

The channel even tried their hand at original scripted content recently with the series “Slasher, starring Kaite McGrath. The second season just premiered on Netflix.

But it seems like today we have bad news. The end of an era. NBC has decided to shut down the Chiller Channel effective beginning on January 1, 2018.

This news comes to us via the TV Answer Man, with an NBC spokesperson telling the site, “NBC Universal will discontinue Chiller as of January 1, 2018.”

The spokesperson didn’t give any further details on the decision but many believe it has everything to do with Verizon, Charter, and Dish dropping the channel earlier this year.

While those drops weren’t catastrophic, the final nail in the coffin came recently when Cox dropped the channel, effectively pulling it out of around 40 million homes.

Are you sad to see the Chiller channel canceled? How often did you watch content via Chiller? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below.

R.I.P. Chiller

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Another WolfCop Gets Another Poster via The Dude Designs



It was only last week that we shared the bloody new trailer for writer-director Lowell Dean’s upcoming sequel to his hit horror-comedy flick WolfCop.

Today we have another poster for Another WolfCop.

This new poster comes to us from one of my current favorite poster artists, Tom “The Dude” Hodge. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you surely know his work. To refamiliarize yourself, you can check out more of his posters right here.

Below you will find his new poster for Another WolfCop, along with the flick’s newest trailer. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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