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Horror-Comedy Short Born Again Now Available Online – Trick or Treat?

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Just a little over a year ago we got our first taste of horror-comedy short Born Again, which features Frankenstein Created Bikers star Ellie Church.  Now the filmmakers have released the movie in its entirety… just in time for Halloween!

Born Again hails from the championship team at Hands Off Productions, who have a lesson for us all: Summoning the devil is hilariously hard.

The following video is part of our Trick or Treat? feature that will run until Halloween. We leave it to you to decide whether the subject is good (Treat) or bad (Trick). Either way, let us know in the comments section below, and look for more soon! Missed any Tricks or Treats? Visit the Dread Central Trick or Treat? archive!

From the Press Release:
Born Again features the “worst Satanists ever” and their hilariously misguided attempts to summon the Prince of Darkness.

The short has toured the world on the film festival circuit for the last year, including stops at Oscar-qualifying festivals Sitges, Rhode Island Vortex, and Cleveland International. During that time it has accumulated more than 60 awards and nominations and made several end-of-year lists, including: Best Short Film of 2016 (Cinema Constant), Top Five Horror Short of 2016 (iHorror), Top 10 Short of 2016 (From Dusk Till Con), and Top 20 Horror Short of 2016 (Fright Meter Awards).

Born Again was created under director/co-writer Jason Tostevin’s Hands Off Productions banner, whose genre shorts have been screened and celebrated around the world. The team has never before released one of its shorts online but felt compelled to premiere Born Again because of “overwhelming audience response,” Tostevin said. “So many people have seen it at fests and asked to see it again, or heard from friends they had to see it, we just felt it was right to arrange an online premiere,” he explained.

The seven-minute film tells the story of “five amateur Satanists who have their summoning ceremony go terribly wrong and accidentally create the holiest ‘holy shit’ moment ever,” according to director/co-writer Tostevin. “We wanted to go back to our ‘80s horror roots, when you could get a laugh with your blood splatter. And we wanted to push some boundaries. I know for sure we were left out of some programs because of the ending.”

The short stars award-winning actor and indie horror icon Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers, Harvest Lake, Time to Kill) as the pregnant leader of the cabal, returns veteran Brian Spangler (Progeny) and introduces Randall Greenland as “Greg,” the affable screw-up who might just have ended the world.

As a bonus to fans, the team is also quietly making two of its top shorts public along with the premiere of Born Again. Both ‘Til Death and I Owe You are available to view on the team’s Vimeo channel, beginning immediately.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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