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Screamfest L.A. 2017: Exclusive Opening Night Photos, Video, and Interviews with Dead Ant’s Ron Carlson and Tom Arnold



With the 17th Annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival having kicked off last night at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, with the World Premiere of filmmaker Ron Carlson’s horror-comedy feature film Dead Ant, we were there on the carpet to capture the excitement. Read on for our photo gallery, video, and interviews.

Taking place mere yards away from the raucous premiere of Thor: Ragnarok and with a carpet similarly buzzing, in attendance for Screamfest’s prestigious kick-off was Dead Ant director and co-writer Ron Carlson, as well as the film’s stars Jake Busey (The Predator), comedian and actor Tom Arnold, Rhys Coiro (“Texas Rising”), Leisha Hailey, Danny Woodburn, Michael Horse (“Twin Peaks”), Sydney Sweeney (John Carpenter’s The Ward), Joi Liaye, Nic Novicki, and Amber Martinez (Rough Night).

Also gracing the carpet were Dead Ant co-writer and Snake Outta Compton filmmaker Hank Braxtan and actress and producer Arielle Braxtan, Dead Ant composer Edwin Wendler, filmmaker Mike Mendez (Tales of Halloween, Big Ass Spider), actress and Screamfest alumna Bel Delia (The Tunnel), and actresses Selma Blair (Hellboy), Sarah Nicklin (From Hell She Rises), and Hollin Haley.

Chatting with Carlson on the carpet pre-screening regarding Dead Ant (the official synopsis of which is: “When the 1989 ‘one-hit-wonder’ glam-metal band Sonic Grave embark on a trip to Coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an ‘unworldly’ vicious attack, and they must ‘rock’ themselves out of harm’s way”), the filmmaker said of his inspiration for the film, “I’m a fan of hair metal, and I don’t admit that often. And it’s a sub-genre of music that’s not around today. I mean, twenty-year-olds don’t know about it. So I thought, ‘The band in the film would be the underdog trying to make a comeback,’ and that would be more interesting than having, say, a band of young kids.”

As for the hair sprayed quartet’s antagonists, “At the end of the first act, there’s an issue with some ants,” offered Carlson, “and the ants force the band to come together, or they will die. And it’s kind of a metaphor, in that the band is also struggling to write a song for the festival they are going to, and if they can’t come up with one to play there, their careers will also die. And I wrote the song (they come up with) in the film! I mean, making the movie was great, but writing the song was fucking awesome. I loved working with our music producer, who really brought this great element to it, and our cast members actually sang the song (in the film). And they’ve been rehearsing it, and will play it tonight.”

The name of the song? In true Steel Panther fashion, it’s called “Side Boob” (and here’s a video of cast members Coiro, Hailey, and Busey and producer Michael Lanoue performing it live at the after party).

Chatting with Tom Arnold, he stated of his experience on Dead Ant, “Well, I love (the 1954 film) Them! from my youth. You know, after I read the script, I just wanted to make sure they could do the visual effects (justice), because you need to be able to do those (correctly). And then we started talking about the cast, and I suggested Rhys (Coiro) and they said, ‘OK.’ And I was like, ‘Well, now I have to do it.’ But it turned out really well. I love the cast, and I got to have some fun with a little bit of ad-libbing. It’s a comedy, but it also has the monsters, which is fun. But I really like my character of the band manager, and I ‘get’ his mantra of, ‘The show must go on,’ whether it be in the music business or escaping killer ants.”

Photo Credit: Dave Quan

The cast and crew of Dead Ant

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Ash vs Evil Dead Gets Groovy 70’s Sitcom-Style Trailer



As we all know well and good by this point, the third season of Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead is almost upon us.

We’ve been hit with tons of promotional materials these last few weeks and today is no different as we have a sweet 70’s sitcom-style retro trailer for your viewing pleasure.

I’ve been digging all of the fun trailers we’ve seen for the third season, but I have to say this one is my favorite thus far. Love the music and the yellow-ass font.

You can check out the bitchin’ retro-sitcom trailer below and then let us know what you think of Ash: The Sitcom!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins Sunday, February 25.

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!


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Goblin’s Complete Dawn of the Dead Score Hits Vinyl via Waxwork this Tuesday



Hell, yeah!

Waxwork Records will be releasing the Dawn of the Dead Deluxe Vinyl Score this coming Tuesday, and today we have all the details, plus pics!

Yes, Goblin’s score for George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is coming to vinyl for the first time in the latest installment in Waxwork’s “Living Dead” soundtrack trilogy.

The release features a 2xLP 180 Gram “Zombie Flesh” Colored Vinyl with artwork By Brazilian Illustrator Butcher Billy, a 12×12 Art Print, and Deluxe Packaging.

You can check out the cover to the right and additional pics of the release, along with the complete tracklisting below. Then let us know what you think!

1. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi
2. Zombi
3. Safari

4. Torte In Faccia
5. Ai Margini Della Follia
6. Zaratozom
7. La Caccia
8. Tirassegno

9. Oblio
10. Risveglio
11. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi (Alternate Take 1)
12. Ai Margini Della Follia (Alternate Take 1)

13. Zombi (Sexy)
14. Ai Margini Della Follia (Alternate Take 2)
15. Zombi (Supermarket)
16. L’alba Dei Morti Viventi (Intro – Alternate Take 2)
17. Zombi (The Living Dead’s Voices!)


Waxwork Records Dawn of the Dead Deluxe Vinyl Score hits February 27th.



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Body-Horror Frankenstein AKA Larry Fessenden’s New Flick Depraved



I’m not sure if you guys are aware or not, but legendary horror producer Larry Fessenden is all set to return to the director’s chair with his Frankenstein flick Depraved.

You can check out the film’s poster to the right and a rundown on its cast, crew, and synopsis below.

But today we have a new update on the film as Fessenden recently sat down with Daily Dead and discussed the film a bit more in-depth.

“In a funny way, I want to make all the classics again,” Fessenden told the site. “I’ve made a vampire movie. I want to make a werewolf movie, but Frankenstein is one of the greatest creations of pop culture. The original version is a masterpiece, and oddly enough, it’s a story that hasn’t been done that well since. And it’s often attempted. I feel there’s a core theme in that story that I would like to explore and bring it very much back to this idea of loneliness.”

He continues: “It’s about waking up, and you’re someone, and you don’t know who you are or why you are. And then there’s the question of what brought you into this world. In my story, there will be conflict of the parental figures as the scientist who made him and the other people around him. I’m very interested in the subjective lonely experience of being alive in this world and in this culture, and Frankenstein is such a fantastic, iconic way to look at it. And also, there is the physical body horror aspect to this story, of someone being sewn together, and there’s identity horror, too. There’s so much possibility in it that I’m just overflowing with excitement.”

Are you excited about Larry Fessenden’s return to directing? Let us know below!

Depraved is written and directed by Larry Fessenden and set to star David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux as the monster. The movie will be produced by Fessenden, Jenn Wexler, and Chadd Harbold.

The film begins shooting this month.


The contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s timeless classic Frankenstein centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori.


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