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Exclusive: Box of Dread Subscribers Sneak a Peek at Zombie vs. Ape!

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Subscribers to Box of Dread got the first look at the cover art for the upcoming issue of Zombie #6 by our friends at Fulci Comics and Eibon Press. Included in the recent subscription boxes were two posters featuring artwork of the variant covers Issue #6 has in store for Fulci fans. And we have an exclusive sneak peek just for Dread Central readers right here.

Issue #6, which goes on sale June 8th, is the second issue of the official sequel to the classic Lucio Fulci film Zombie. This issue is a landmark in zombie lore, featuring the most awesome showdown between the undead and beast since Shark vs. Zombie… Zombie vs. Ape! The issue is accompanied by a complete original soundtrack score, on both vinyl and compact disc. The 1980s-inspired score is composed and performed by Dave Neabore of the legendary hip hip/rock outfit Dog Eat Dog. And the tracks include narration by none other than Ian McCulloch, the original actor who played Peter West in Lucio Fulci’s film.

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In the flaming ruins of New York City, which has been burned nearly to the ground by a half-mad Colonel hell-bent on wiping out the zombie plague, our heroes from Lucio Fulci’s Zombie are forced to run for their lives through the zombie infested heart of Central Park, where an incredible confrontation takes place and a dark revelation shakes Peter West to the core of his being! As he witnesses the incredible standoff between the hordes of the living dead and an all-too-living monster too powerful to be believed, Peter will realize that his kinship with the zombies runs far deeper than he ever anticipated!

And that’s not all! In this special 40-page king-sized issue, infamous Doctor Menard comes into his own as one of horror’s most sick and twisted baddies, rising from the dead to perform mad experiments on the living. On the Island of Matool, Menard has teamed up with the mysterious and vile witch doctor Biacando, in a melding of science and superstition which is set to infect the entire world. Oh yeah…and the President of the United States is a maniac. Literally. Portrayed in the likeness of the legendary Maniac himself, Joe Spinell, our fearless leader reveals a treacherous plan of his own to end the zombie plague. A plan which may also doom the human race. It’s only a matter of which bad guy kills us all first!

We caught up Stephen Romano, series creator, who had this to say about the upcoming issue: “This is the second issue of our second story arc in Lucio Fulci’s ‘Zombie’. The first four issues covered the film proper, and in the second issue we had ‘Shark vs. Zombie’. It’s a classic bit, of course. Now that we’re doing the sequel, we thought the second issue should have something like ‘Shark vs. Zombie’. But how do you top that? I started really thinking about it. The answer, of course, was a big freaking ape! The image of that just got in my head and stuck there. Gorillas are classic monsters in movies, and they work great in comic books too. It was just the kind of iconic twist we needed to stand alongside Fulci’s film. People are gonna be blown away by this! And our story is headed into some really crazy, gory territory. It’s really big because we have an unlimited budget ceiling for this sequel…but it’s also more personal in certain areas. More like Fulci. We have not one, but TWO eye gougings in this one.

But what about that awesome soundtrack?

“Yeah, the score is really cool. Dave is a real fan, and he composed music that was very much its own thing but clearly inspired by Fabio Frizzi’s tracks for the original ‘Zombie’. Because this sequel goes so far out there and gets into so many new themes, ideas, and action bits, it was important to have a score that would reflect that evolution. But Dave worked as if he was using synths and instruments from 1982. It’s really retro. He’s got a theme for the burning of New York that’s just amazing and what he wrote for ‘Zombie vs. Ape’ is stunning. He’s also doing some tracks for our final issue of ‘Bottomfeeder’. He was really inspired by that one, too.”

What was it like work with Ian McCulloch?

“Working with Ian was fantastic. He loves our comic series and plugged right into the vibe. It’s incredible to hear him performing all those lines I wrote in an official capacity, as Peter West. I mean, this IS the official sequel, after all, so it’s only fitting. You know, there were bunch of other unofficial sequels to this film. In Italy the copyright laws are different. You can put a sequel out to anything you want. But we went out and actually bought the rights to these characters. They’re ours now, at least in comic book form, for better or for worse. And having Ian come back to reprise his role just made it all the more legit. We’re super happy with how this series has come out so far, and the fans are really supportive.”

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Untold Story of WWE: UNDERTAKER Revealed In New Graphic Novel

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BOOM! Studios and WWE announced an all-new original graphic novel today called WWE: Undertaker. The comic will explore the career of the legendary Superstar, considered one of the greatest performers in WWE history.

For the first time, novelist, journalist, and combat sports expert Chad Dundas (Champion of the World) and artist Rodrigo Lorenzo (WWE) chronicle the unrivaled career of Undertaker, with new revelations and surprises about some of the most pivotal moments in his more than twenty-five year history in sports entertainment.

I was 12 years old in 1990 when Undertaker debuted in WWE, and from the moment I saw him, he was my guy,” said writer Chad Dundas. “I responded immediately, not only to his obvious physical attributes but the character development and storytelling that made him such a unique figure in the WWE landscape.”

I’m so happy that I was chosen to draw this story for so many reasons,” said Rodrigo Lorenzo. “Since I was a kid, Undertaker has been my favorite WWE Superstar and it’s flattering that BOOM! Studios and WWE chose me to bring the legend of the Undertaker to life in their first original graphic novel.”

WWE: Undertaker features cover art by Oliver Barrett.

There’s only one ‘Phenom’ in the history of WWE, so when we were considering whose story to tell in the first WWE original graphic novel, there was only one answer: Undertaker,” said Eric Harburn, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Working closely with our partners at WWE has allowed us to go deeper into the history of Undertaker than you’ve ever gone before, with revelations that span his decades-long career.”

Digital copies can be purchased from comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app. Print copies hit comic shops, bookstores, and the BOOM! Studios webstore October 2018.

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Will Director Andrew Stanton Return for STRANGER THINGS 3?

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Monday we brought you the killer news that the third season of Netflix’s original series Stranger Things had begun filming and today we have more updates!

First off, the new season will run 8-episodes with producer Shawn Levy telling Collider Stranger Things 3 will be back down to the original season’s 8-episode run, following season two’s 10-episodes.

Levy also let us know if Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) will be back in the director’s chair this season…and it doesn’t look like it… Weak.

No, you know what,” Levy said. “We had some schedule issues trying to figure out how to bring Andrew back, because we were beyond thrilled with him as a human being and his episodes. So the only answer I can give you today is it’s not Stanton, though we very much hope to keep him in the director club of Stranger Things as we move on to other seasons.”

Stanton is one of my favorite directors so this news kinda bums me out. What do you think? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Strangers Things seasons 1 & 2 are currently streaming on Netflix.

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Contest: Win DEATH LINE and DEATHDREAM on Blu-ray

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Attention, ALL readers of Dread Central! Yes, that’s right… every one of you across the globe! We’re helping our pals over at Blue Underground with a contest where they will be giving a Blu-ray copy of Death Line and Deathdream to one of you! To enter, all you have to do is use the form below; and you’re all set!

Also, to learn more about the titles, simply click on the names, and you’ll be taken to Blue Underground’s website, where you can see specifics about each film!

To reiterate, this contest is open to people across the globe. Anyone, anywhere, can enter. However, the contest ends next Tuesday, May 1st, at 12 midnight ET, so make sure you enter before then!

Death Line:
When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence of Halloween) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims… and a new mate.

Deathdream:
In this shattering variation on The Monkey’s Paw, grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award nominees John Marley of The Godfather and Lynn Carlin of Faces) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas) and written by Alan Ormsby (Deranged), Deathdream was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

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