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Horror Movies You’ve Already Seen… But Forgot Took Place on Christmas

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Merry Christmas!

Every year we get swamped with lists recommending horror films we should watch (again) this Christmas. Usually the same films end up on the lists, with classics like Gremlins, Black Christmas, and Silent Night, Deadly Night being recommended year after year.

Sometimes we might even see a list that holds Christmas themed films you haven’t seen, such as Home for the Holidays (which seems to be the big one this year), Elves, and Don’t Open till Christmas. These are solid (enough) films; don’t get me wrong. But what we wanted to do here today on Dread Central is throw some holiday classics your way that you have no doubt seen time and time again. But these are films you may very well have forgotten take place on and/or around the Christmas holidays.

Now let’s get to it.


P2 (2007)

I’m starting off with this entry because chances are you remembered the film takes place on Christmas. If you didn’t, well, bonus points to me. That said, you probably did remember the holiday horror contained within this overlooked film, but the point today is the recommend of a rewatch.

Sure P2 isn’t a major hidden classic, but I do think that if you rewatch the film again this Christmas, you will find it a much more enjoyable (and terrifically simple) roller coaster ride with a terrific performance by Rachel Nichols.


The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)

For those who may have forgotten, The Dorm That Dripped Blood (aka Pranks) follows a group of college coeds who stay on campus over the Christmas holidays to clean out an old dorm. A delightfully gory low-budget slasher classic, The Dorm That Dripped Blood also holds the distinction of being the second film that famed composer Christopher Young (Hellraiser, Drag Me to Hell) ever composed.

Mix that bit of trivia with a pinch of the holiday spirit, and The Dorm That Dripped Blood is a quality watch that you may have skipped over in years previous.


Inside (2007)

Personally, I consider the French home invasion thriller Inside to be one of the few perfect horror films ever made. Along with Rosemary’s Baby, Jaws, Alien, and select few others, Inside is everything you could want and more in a fright flick. And what better reason to rewatch the film with someone you love this holiday season than with the cheerful excuse that the film is a hidden Christmas classic. Yeah, that should work on friends, family, and loved ones. Moo-haha.

But seriously, give Inside a watch this Christmas.


The Children (2008)

The Children is a film that I didn’t catch up on until last year. I’m not the biggest fan of killer kid movies, but I’m glad I took the recommendation as The Children is not only a solid horror film, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Set in the snowy winter-woods, The Children is as visually stunning as it is delightfully bloody and mean-spirited.

Gather the nieces and nephews together this holiday season and share with them the tale of The Children. Empower them. If only for the holidays. The rest of the family will be utterly horrified, but the kids will love it. Guaranteed.


ATM (2012)

Urgh. ATM. Urgh. I don’t know if you ever bothered to watch this Christmas contained thriller starring Alice Eve and Josh Peck, but if you didn’t, maybe that’s for the best. It isn’t good. That said, this is one of those films that contains what casual fans will think is quality horror… and it will have you rolling your eyes. But again, this is for friends and family that are feeling a bit brave this Christmas and willing to take a horror recommendation from you.

Bonus points for playing ATM and the abovementioned P2 as a double feature. Just don’t expect to watch it yourself.


Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

The undead killer Cop, Matt Cordell (Robert Z’Dar), returns in the Christmas-centric sequel to William Lustig’s Maniac Cop. Set over the holidays and loaded with over-the-top action and gore, Maniac Cop 2 is a favorite among horror fans all year round. But how about giving this film a spot on your must-watch every Christmas list? Or, you know, at least this Christmas.

The best part about adding Maniac Cop 2 to the yuletide viewing experience is you have to add the original film in there as well. And nothing sounds more fun to me on a dull pre-Christmas Eve than watching Robert Z’Dar maim and murder Manhattan.


Psycho (1960)

This one is a bit of a stretch, but do you really need a reason to add Alfred Hitchcock’s utter classic Psycho to your Christmas festivities? No, you don’t. The film begins with the title card that lets us know that the day and date of Marion Crane going full Danny Ocean takes place on December 11. Meaning the remainder of the film plays out in the following days leading up to Xmas.

Bonus points for all the Christmas decorations you can spot throughout the film. There aren’t many, but again, who needs a holiday to tell you to watch Psycho again? Exactly.


And there you have it. These are our recommends for some horror flicks you’ve already seen but may have forgotten take place on/or around the Christmas holiday.

So this year switch up the pace, and give your copies of Black ChristmasChristmas Evil and “Tales from the Crypt: And All Through the House” a year off (just kidding, keep “All Through the House” on in a constant loop).

What are your favorite horror movies to watch every Christmas? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

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AfterShock Comics Announces New Series Brothers Dracul

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We’ve mentioned AfterShock Comics a few times around these parts, and now they’re about to release a new series that has Dread Central’s name all over it! Read on for the first word on Brothers Dracul from Cullen Bunn (X-Men) with art by Mirko Colak (The Punisher), who previously teamed up for AfterShock’s Unholy Grail.

Bunn and Colak are joined by colorist Maria Santaolalla and letterer Simon Bowland. Cover A is by Colak and Santaolalla while Francesco Francavilla provided Cover B.  Issue #1 hits stores on April 11th.

Bunn describes a bit of what the book is about and discusses working with the same creative team as AfterShock’s Unholy Grail“I’m thrilled to be working on BROTHERS DRACUL, a 15th century horror tale that explores the ‘true’ history of the infamous Vlad the Impaler. With this book, we’ve brought the entire creative team of Unholy Grail along. I’m working with artist Mirko Colak, colorist Maria Santaolalla, and letterer Simon Bowland once again. We had so much fun telling a horror story with King Arthur as its central figure, we had to get the gang back together for this story, featuring one of the most shocking icons of horrific history!”

Synopsis:
From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mirko Colak comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

The legend of Vlad the Impaler is the stuff of nightmares. The inspiration for the most iconic of monsters—Dracula, Vlad tortured and murdered thousands of victims. But what turned him into such a depraved killer? The truth lies in his teenage years, when Vlad and his brother, Radu, were held hostage by the Ottoman Empire. During this time the brothers learned many things—archery, riding, the art of combat, matters of court… and how to stalk and slay vampires.

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Fight Chainsaw-wielding Psychos in Retro FPS Dusk

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Strongly inspired by hardcore ’90s shooters such as Doom and Quake, the brutal retro-style FPS Dusk has now made its way onto Steam Early Access, with a full release promised to be coming within the next several months.

Dusk was created by indie developer David Szymanski and published by New Blood Interactive, with the soundtrack composed by Rise of the Triad’s Andrew Hulshult. You play as a treasure hunter who travels to the mysterious town of Dusk, Pennsylvania, where he is captured by the locals and hung on a meat hook. After barely escaping with your life, you’re forced to arm yourself with whatever you can you can get your hands on in an effort to fight your way through both the insane locals and the dark supernatural forces which have also settled in the town. So if you’ve ever entertained fantasies of wielding a double-barrel shotgun and going up against chainsaw-wielding psychos wearing potato sacks over their heads, your dreams are about to come true.

Dusk Official Synopsis
DUSK reintroduces you to a world where butchery and bloodshed must be mastered if you’re to survive ’til dawn. Inspired by Quake, Blood, Heretic, Hexen, Half-Life, Redneck Rampage and all your ’90s favorites, and featuring a soundtrack by metal music mastermind Andrew Hulshult.

In THREE distinct campaign episodes hand-crafted from straight outta the ’90s, players battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants and even darker forces and attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the Earth. Featuring a vast arsenal of badass weaponry including saw blades, dual-wielded shotguns from 1887 and an incredibly necessary grenade launcher, DUSK is unapologetic retro action from start to finish.

In addition to the main campaign, DUSK features an Endless Survival Mode, putting you front and center of wave after wave of enemies. For those looking for an extra challenge, DUSK also offers the chance to go head to head online to battle your friends in arena multiplayer, where darkness hosts the worst of humanity in surprising new ways.

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role

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I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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