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If you’ve been on the fence about attending this year’s edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, which runs from September 22-29, then the announcement that came today about their final wave of programming should make up your mind. With these additions, just about every film on our radar will be making an appearance at this year’s fest! Read on for the details.

Fantastic Fest Announces Killer Second Wave of Programming

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Fantastic Fest is excited to announce its final wave of feature film programming including the world premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II: FULL SEQUENCE on opening night courtesy of IFC Midnight and COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE on closing night.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE became a cultural sensation after its premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2009, where it won Best Horror Film and Best Actor. The festival is excited to welcome back director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six with the second installment of the depraved series. The opening night party will be themed to the film, featuring live music from The Charles Edward Cheese band and an attempt to break the world’s record for the longest human centipede conga line. The Charles Edward Cheese Band is not only the most important force of entertainment in the universe, but is also Austin’s leading all-animal semi-robotic rock group.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE is directed by Morgan Spurlock, produced by Thomas Tull, and presented by Aint It Cool News’ Harry Knowles, Stan Lee and Joss Whedon. The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention. Following the premiere, the closing night party will be an epic superhero-themed carnival with costume contests and activities that will bring out the fanboy/girl in everyone.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
Mondo Presents Special Screening
Director of special makeup effects Rick Baker and poster artist Olly Moss live in person!
Director: John Landis, USA, 97 minutes
“Keep to the roads.” A simple warning, but one that is not heeded by two Americans backpacking across the Yorkshire Moors. Now, they must learn to follow a new warning, “Beware the moon.” World famous artist Olly Moss will unveil his Mondo poster for this very special event.

A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Korea, 109 minutes
From the director of festival faves Fish Story and Golden Slumber, the ultimate time travelling, father-son, samurai pastry chef, food movie ever made.

BUNOHAN (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Dain Said, Malaysia, 100 minutes
BUNOHAN is the tragic story of love lost between three estranged brothers and their ailing father.

CARRE BLANC (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti live in person!
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, France, 77 minutes
It’s eat or be eaten (literally) in an absurdist future where a woman struggles to reclaim her husband from the bleak corporate machine.

CLOWN (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director Mikkel Nørgaard and producer Louise Vesth live in person!
Director: Mikkel Nørgaard, Denmark, 90 minutes
Casper and Frank are on a canoe trip to glory, a Tour De Pussy with an exclusive brothel waiting at the end. Probably shouldn’t have brought the kid.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Morgan Spurlock, USA, 88 minutes
The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention.

THE DAY (2011)
US Premiere
Producer Guy Danella and actor Dominic Monaghan live in person!
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski, USA, 90 minutes
A group of weary post-apocalyptic survivors find refuge in an abandoned farmhouse. The house, however, may not be as safe or abandoned as they first assumed.

THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS (2011)
International Premiere
Director Sean Hogan and producer Jen Handorf live in person!
Director: Sean Hogan, UK, 75 minutes
Two hitmen are ordered to assassinate an old associate. While waiting for their target to come home, one shares a story of love lost which brings out the demons – first figuratively, then literally.

ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN (2011)
Regional Premiere
Director: Jose Padillha, Brazil, 116 minutes
In the slums of Rio de Janeiro, dirty cops and corrupt politicians gain notoriety by capitalizing on the vulnerable weak and poor. Two men with polar opposite ends of the political spectrum dedicate their lives to exposing the corruption.

THE HOLDING (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Susan Jacobson, UK, 93 minutes
After the sudden departure of her husband, Cassie is struggling to keep the family farm alive. After reluctantly accepting the assistance of a drifter, she realizes he may have more sinister plans in mind.

HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION (2011)
International Premiere
Director and writer Charlie Vundla and producer Mfundi Vundla live in person!
Director: Charlie Vundla, South Africa, 109 minutes
Freshly released from prison, Jack needs to pull one last score to finance his move to a legit life in this classically styled noir.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II: FULL SEQUENCE (2011)
World Premiere
Director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six live in person!
Director: Tom Six, Netherlands, 90 minutes
Tom Six’s follow-up to THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, FULL SEQUENCE ups that ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. It is sure to be one of the most controversial films of our time.

JUAN OF THE DEAD (2011)
US Premiere
Director Alejandro Brugues and producer Gervasio Iglesias Macias live in person!
Director: Alejandro Brugues, Cuba, 100 minutes
50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new one is about to begin. That revolution is zombies; filthy, flesh-eating zombies.

JULIA X (2011)
North American Premiere
Director and producer PJ Pettiette, producer Claudie Viguerie and associate producer Courtney Rawls live in person!
Director: P.J. Pettiette, USA, 92 minutes
Super sexy serial killer Kevin Sorbo (in 3D!) gets a nasty surprise when his latest potential victim puts up an unexpected fight.

KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR (2011)
Austin Premiere
Director Noboru Iguchi live in person!
Director: Noboru Iguchi, Japan, 101 minutes
Happy 70’s crimefighters: a boy and his motorcycle-transforming, karate-fighting robot…only the kid’s grown up now and is pushing 50.

LAST SCREENING (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Laurent Achard, France, 81 minutes
In this stylish, giallo-inflected thriller, a strange young man, the single employee of a doomed French repertory cinema, lives a secret life, making regular trips into the night to victimize women and collect a certain body part. As the bloody story progresses, we find out why.

LIVID (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, France, 88 minutes
A group of amateur thieves stumble across something very strange and unexpected in this horrific fairy tale from the directors of INSIDE.

THE LOVED ONES (2009)
Special Screening
Director: Sean Byrne, Australia, 84 minutes
Girl likes boy. Girl asks boy to the prom, but boy says no. Girl kidnaps boy and holds him hostage. THE LOVED ONES is PRETTY IN PINK meets MISERY, but worse; much, much worse.

MANBORG (2011)
World Premiere
Director and writer Steven John Kostanski, co-writer and actor Jeremy Gillespie and actor Andrea Karr live in person!
Director: Steven John Kostanski, Canada, 60 minutes
Part man, part robot, all killing machine! Only the awesome power of the MANBORG can drive the demon hordes back to hell!

POLVORA NEGRA (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Kapel Furman, Brazil, 89 minutes
A man is hunted down and left for dead. Years later he returns, hired as a hitman by the same criminals who gunned him down. They are in for a surprise.

RABIES (2011)
Regional Premiere
Director: Aharon Keshales and Novat Papushado, Isreal, 90 minutes
For two cops, a ranger, four teens, and a pair of sibling runaways, it was supposed to be just a walk in the park. They chose the wrong park.

RETREAT (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Carl Tibbetts, UK, 90 minutes
Martin and Kate’s much needed getaway would be perfect except for
power issues… and the guy covered in blood that unexpectedly
stumbles onto their lawn.

SENNENTUNTSCHI: CURSE OF THE ALPS (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Michael Steiner, Switzerland, 110 minutes
The residents of a small village in the Swiss Alps start to distrust their local police officer after he decides to shelter a mysterious young woman who arrived directly after the death of a priest.

SLEEPLESS NIGHT (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Frédéric Jardin, France, 98 minutes
Dirty cops use police intelligence to rob drug dealers as a moonlighting venture, but when they are identified by one of their marks, the drug kingpin mobilizes a serious payback.

SMUGGLER (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Katsuhito ISHII, Japan, 115 minutes
Ultra-stylish gangster comedy from the director of FUNKY FOREST and THE TASTE OF TEA pits a failed actor against a lethal assassin.

TAKE SHELTER (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director: Jeff Nichols, USA, 120 minutes
Curtis LaForche is having apocalyptic nightmares which progressively get worse, blending reality with the dream world. As paranoia starts to take a toll, he decides to build a living quarters underground, risking his job security, marriage, and friends.

TWO EYES STARING (2010)
US Premiere
Director: Elbert Van Strien, Belgium, 112 minutes
9-year-old Lisa loves her father but has always felt disconnected from her mother. When the family moves from Holland to Belgium, Lisa makes a new friend who will dig up long buried secrets.

URBAN EXPLORER (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Andy Fetscher, Germany, 100 minutes
Four 20-somethings hire a guide to escort them through a network of tunnels underneath Berlin. Things start to spiral out of control when a member of the group falls, breaking a leg.

THE YELLOW SEA (2011)
Regional Premiere
Director Hong-jin Na, Korea, 157 minutes
The director and stars of THE CHASER team up for an action packed crime epic featuring the most knife and hatchet combat you are likely to see this year.

YOU SAID WHAT? (2011)
US Premiere
Director Syversen Patrik, producer Kjetil Omberg, producer Terje Stromstad and actor Stig Frode Henriksen live in person!
Director: Patrik Syversen and Nini Bull Robsahm , Norway, 107 minutes
The producers of DEAD SNOW re-imagine Takashi Miike’s AUDITION as a rom-com and make Peter Stormare ride a paper mâché dragon shrieking that he is the King of Darkness.

ZOMBIE ASS (2011)
World Premiere
Director Noboru Iguchi live in person!
Director: Noboru Iguchi, Japan, 85 minutes
A mad scientist conducts experiments on alien parasites and zombies in turn. Will karate save the day, or…fart power? Ass-obsessed madman Noboru Iguchi creates the most crap-tastic zombie movie ever to emerge from Japan’s cinema sewer.

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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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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith


I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

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Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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