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The Very Real Horrors of Wine Country and How You Can Help

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In the northern California counties of Sonoma and Napa during the late hours of October 8, 2017, while people slept in their beds, a very real monster of fire, smoke, and devastation was born, which to this date has claimed over forty lives (with dozens more missing and presumed dead), destroyed entire communities (over 5,700 structures and 213,000 acres have burned to the ground, with thousands of residents and their animals displaced), and reduced to ash the valley in which I was raised, leaving only one house standing: ironically, my family’s former home and the one in which I grew up.

The sheer devastation and ferocity of the Santa Rosa fires cannot be overstated, and the result has been likened to the literal effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The Tubbs Fire alone, fueled by 70-mile-per-hour winds, traveled ten miles in less than six hours, engulfing nearly everything in its path, from private residences to priceless landmarks, causing an estimated $4.6 billion in damage. Some residents made heroic stands (77-year-old Peter Lang chose to let his own residence burn in a successful bid to instead save over 1,000 exotic animals from perishing in the fires that ravaged Safari West Wildlife Preserve). Others were heartbreaking (trapped married couple Armando and Carmen Berriz sought refuge in their pool from the blaze, breaking the water’s surface only to gulp smoky air; she died in his arms). Others still were trapped and burned to death in their homes, some of which I knew.

And still the fires rage.

Santa Rosa Fires Drone Video by Douglas Thron October 10, 2017:

Live Stream TV News:

https://youtu.be/E7RwqWdorbI

You’ve more than likely visited this once idyllic region of rolling hills, majestic oaks and vineyards, either in person or through cinema (Wes Craven shot Scream there, as did Jim Gillespie a portion of I Know What You Did Last Summer). Notables in the horror community call it their childhood home, from Halloween 6 writer Daniel Farrands, who graduated from Santa Rosa High School, to Scream Queen short filmmaker turned Los Angeles resident Elisabeth Fies and many more. And, like me, they too know those who have been affected by what is the worst fire in the history of the state of California, and perhaps so do you.

So, how can you help? Below you’ll find a link to Santa Rosa newspaper The Press Democrat for a list of resources, and we humbly and strongly urge you to do so. So many have lost so much, resources are stretched hopelessly thin, and they desperately need your help.

Thousands of people are displaced and in need of help this week and in the days to come. Here’s where you can volunteer, donate, and support fire victims and their pets.

How to help: Volunteer and/or donate food, supplies, and money to support Sonoma County fire victims: pressdemocrat.com.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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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.

SYNOPSIS:
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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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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