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The Horrors of Fantasia: Day One



The lineup for the unwashed masses. We kick it VIP style inside thanks to Dread Central!

Paul McCannibal and Evil AndyFantasia’s baaaaaack….

I’ve only recently finished recovering from the malnutrition and insomnia of last year’s festival, and what with my new colonic and vitamin injection program, I’m feeling funky fresh and ready to spend the better part of a sunny summer month holed up in the stinky Hell…I mean Hall… building peeping flicks until my eyeballs turn to jelly.

But, like last year, I’m not doing it alone. Johnny and his lovely wife Michelle are horror jet-setting, coming to Montreal to handle the opening weekend coverage. In addition, we recently held open auditions for Fantasia Idol, and our lucky golden ticket winner is none other than Paul McCannibal. He’s got all the requisite skills: a pasty Scottish complexion well suited to a damp, dark theatre, time off from his job, a cushy padded bum, and a love of horror films verging on the lunatic fringe (Paul’s got a moldy VHS collection of some of the foulest stinkers you’ve ever seen). And now, a word from Paul…

A few beers in at the opening night party. Paul salutes Satan while Andy does his best Chatterer impression.Andy felt the need to point out that I own a veritable worst-of-the-worst collection of VHS duds. It’s true. I have a deplorable stash consisting of sunbleached boxes culled from corner stores where you just know the bulk in trade is cigarettes and porn mags. It is in these dark corners of the urban sprawl where I unearth forgotten travesties that are failures on every conceivable level. That in itself is a success, and if I stand alone in this unique style of appreciation, so be it!

It follows I’ve got an eyeball out for the cheap, cheerful, and sleazy. I’ll be there to see if they’re handing out wet-naps to people entering the Sukeban Boy screening, and it’ll be interesting to see if porn mainstay Jamie Gillis can make a mainstream crossover via Die You Zombie Bastards. I’m still wondering how he ducked an Oscar bid for his leading role in Joel Reed’s eternally memorable Night of the Zombies! In other sleazy business, can Nicholas Refn actually out-slum himself with Pusher 3? I know it ain’t horror, but if it’s like the first 2 films, it’ll be grueling and bloody. I’ll be on the case and if I go missing, you’ll know that Milo got to me before Dread Central could!

Mitch Davis whipping the crowd into a frenzy, while copping a ghostly feelThat’s just the tip of the frozen blood-berg. There’s a lot of quality looking horror stuff this year in myriad genres and styles. My rancid, blackened heart is pumping puss through my veins with renewed vigour. Many thanks to Johnny Butane, Michelle, and Evil Andy who I will dutifully serve alongside. Let’s do this!

Back to Andy… So here’s the plan: we’re gonna see somewhere in the region of 30-40 films over the span of the festival’s 18 day run. We’re gonna miss work, we’re gonna risk our health eating buckets of take-out, drinking heart-stopping amounts of coffee, and smoking more cigarettes than Hard Core Logo. I can’t even think about the liquor intake yet, but suffice it to say…our livers are in great jeopardy.

So, to all you sorry bastards unable or unwilling to make the pilgrimage to Montreal, sit back, eat a carrot for me, and enjoy the coverage. Oh, and get off your asses and book your trip for next year. You ARE missing out… More pics of the opening night shenanigans follow!

Actual VIPs in the VIP lineup. Karim Hussain, Douglas Buck, Patrick Tremblay, and Mitch Davis make with the pretty.

The party was chockablock with fine ladies. Red latex with a big old skull on her chest and stiletto heels, nuff said.

This nearly naked girl was swinging around like a sexy white monkey all night.

These girls blew minds. You’d be minding your own business, and they’d just walk up and do the craziest shit right in front of you. I think they might have been sisters, which is, you have to admit, insanely hot.

Evil Andy

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New Novel Alien: The Cold Forge Gets Cover Art, Synopsis, and Release Date



I don’t know about you but I’m a massive fan of the Alien film series. Oh, the hell with it. Let’s cut the bull. You are too.

Anyhow, considering both of us are massive fans of the Alien films, I wanted to make sure you were aware that Titan Books has an all-new original Alien novel on the way.

It’s called “Alien: The Cold Forge” and the 320-page paperback is written by Alex White (author of the “Salvagers” series) and will be hitting the public on April 24, 2018.

You can check out the novel’s synopsis below and its current cover art to the right. Just click the image for a higher-res version.

I know I will be attempting to score a copy of the novel asap, but what about you? Are you interested in this original novel? Let us know below!

Again, “Alien: The Cold Forge” hits April 24, 2018.



A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs.

With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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