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Utopia Fest 2017: Horror Invades the Middle East

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Earlier this fall, we told you a little bit about Israel’s Utopia Fest, a genre film festival that takes place in Tel Aviv. Returning after taking a hiatus last year, the festival is aiming to blow the socks off of everyone’s feet by bringing incredible genre fare from around the world to the Middle East. Furthermore, if they’re successful enough this year, they’ll be able to convince the Ministry of Culture that their festival is deserving of financial support.

We here at Dread Central are always eager to help a festival that brings horror and other genre films to the masses, so we want to talk a bit about this year’s event!

Showing this year at Utopia Fest will be some truly fantastic titles, including S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99, a double treat from A24 in the form of It Comes at Night and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead-packed event of both Resolution and The Endless, and restored, remastered editions of both Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

From Israel itself, there will be a short film collection from Gan de Lange, Guilhad Emilio Schenker’s Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club, Veronica Kedar’s Family, Eitan Gafni’s Children of the Fall, and Shay Scherf’s Anthrax.

On top of both feature-length and short films, Utopia Fest will hold additional events, including panels on women in filmmaking, Q&As with directors, a masterclass in creating virtual characters, and a selection of films for children and teenagers.

Information about additional films as well as ticket options can be found on Utopia’s official website. Utopia Fest will run December 10-16.

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A Demon Within Is Coming Next Year; Exclusive Trailer Premiere

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We just scored you cats a look at the trailer for A Demon Within, which you’ll be able to dig on once it hits select theaters and VOD on January 12, 2018, via Blue Fox Entertainment. Blue Fox holds the worldwide rights and is currently selling the film internationally.

Charlene Amoia, Julia Larsen, Clint Hummel, Jeremy Miller, Patricia Ashley, Michael Ehlers, and Cole Crawford star in the film from directors Ayush Banker and Justin LaReau.

Synopsis:
In 1914 Crestwick, a demonic spirit named Nefas surfaced to prey on a family, which ended with the death of an innocent young girl. The mysterious events haunted the Midwestern community for years. Now, decades later, a skeptical doctor must stop history from repeating itself by confronting his personal demons and fighting to save the life of a teenage girl who has become possessed in his family’s old house.

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Better Watch Out for This Shudder-Exclusive Clip

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Currently on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and Shudder is the dark horror-comedy Better Watch Out (review), and to kick off your week while keeping you in the holiday spirit, we have an exclusive clip for you to stuff in your stocking!

The critically acclaimed horror-comedy Better Watch Out debuted on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Holiday cheer and Home Alone get a decidedly dark spin when a babysitter must protect her charges from a terrifying home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), Better Watch Out stars Olivia Dejonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic, and Dacre Montgomery with Patrick Warburton Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen. Bonus materials include a making-of featurette and a special insert holiday card.

Better Watch Out has a runtime of approximately 89 minutes and is rated R for disturbing violent content, language throughout, crude sexual references, drug and alcohol use – all involving teens.

Synopsis:
This holiday season you may be home, but you’re not alone… In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.

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An Exclusive Clip Rises for The Rizen

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The government, man! You just never know what on earth they’re gonna be pulling next! One second they’re pardoning turkeys, and the next – BAM – they friggin’ unleash The Rizen.

Laura Swift (The Snowman), Sally Phillips (the Bridget Jones series), Bruce Payne (Warlock III, Passenger 57), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Tom Goodman Hill (Everest), and The Young Ones’ Adrian Edmondson all star in writer-director Matt Mitchell’s action-horror The Rizen, invading VOD on January 2nd from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis:
The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They have finally succeeded, but what they have unleashed could tear our world apart. Now one woman must lead the only other two survivors past faceless horrors that threaten to kill or capture them at every turn. They are the only ones left who can fight to close a door that should never have been opened.

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