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On September 30, 2011, Universal Studios brings us the newest offering in mind-bending thrills with the release of Dream House, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz. It’s the tale of a family relocated from the bustle of New York City to a serene New England town. Once moved into their “perfect” home, the family soon see everything begin to come unraveled as the past comes back to haunt them.

Filled with mystery, murder and plot twists, Dream House is reminiscent of some of our favorite past movies where things were not exactly as they appeared. The intrigue of the mind-bending movie has long been an American favorite, as audiences seem to be thoroughly entertained by filmmakers toying with their perception of reality.

Mind Bending Movies - A Look Back and Ahead!

The director that first comes to mind when we think of trick of the brain plot twists is M. Night Shyamalan. And he was never better than in his breakout film, The Sixth Sense. Containing one of the greatest “oh shit!” moments in modern memory (you know the one, when Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) realizes that he is indeed among the dead people Cole (Haley Joel Osment) can see). As far as mind freaks go, Criss Angel has nothing on that scene.

The Sixth Sense transcended the casual movie-going crowd and made its way into the fabric of society with “I see dead people” becoming the “They’re heeere of the new millennium. Shyamalan would continue a trend of perception-twisting films with such offerings as Unbreakable, The Village and Signs, but it was his opening salvo that really wowed audiences.

In the same vein as The Sixth Sense was another ultra-creepy tale of spirits, The Others, a truly chilling look into a haunting; but just who was haunting whom? Nicole Kidman, who walks around every day with skin so pallid you’d expect her to get a call for every ghost story script, was brilliant in this 2001 film that toyed with every perception we had until eventually unveiling the secrets of the film in a final insane climax.

And speaking of insane climaxes, what could fit that description more accurately than a cross-dressing, serial killer wearing a police blanket like a shawl while giving a chilling glare into the camera?

Maybe today’s audiences don’t consider Psycho a real mind-freak, but that is unfair. And do you know why? Because there is no mystery behind the film anymore. In 1960 Alfred Hitchcock bent over backwards trying to be sure no one revealed the secret behind Psycho. The movie was amazing, but what made it legendary was the twist. Imagine sitting in that theater more than 50 years ago and seeing Norman come busting through that root cellar door in a housedress and wig, sporting that big ass kitchen knife. Yeah, it would have blown your mind, too. These audiences weren’t used to shocks like that. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” wouldn’t come out until 1961, a full year later, and Rob and Laura still couldn’t sleep in the same bed together. Imagine how Norman disturbed these people!

You want disturbing? How about a guy in a freaky looking giant bunny suit? That do anything for you? It did for Jake Gyllenhaal in the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. Although a flop at the box office, Donnie Darko picked up major steam on video when word of mouth spread about this incredibly unique and mysterious film. Audiences were mesmerized by the intriguing character, and the shocking puzzler of an ending gave viewers something to talk about.

Director Darren Aronofsky, although not solely known for the trippy, mind-bending film, has been behind some intriguingly twisted films. Once you’ve seen it, Requiem for a Dream is a film that will stay with you for a long time with its incredibly powerful situations and disturbing images. And, most recently, Aronofsky wowed audiences with the award-winning Black Swan. A picture nearly impossible to categorize, Black Swan is an amazingly surreal vision of jealousy, paranoia and self-destruction.

Another filmmaker who can make you question reality is the great Guillermo del Toro. Whether is be as a director (Pan’s Labyrinth) or producer (The Orphanage, Julia’s Eyes), del Toro has used our minds like his own personal playground on more than one occasion.

And the list of mind-bending thrillers and horror films goes on and on: Inception, Fight Club, Jacob’s Ladder, Martyrs, Memento, Total Recall and The Orphan are just a few notable ones that come to mind; and I’m sure our fine readers can name many more off the top of their heads. Whether it be trippy psychological imagery or an unexpected twist that changes your whole perception of the film, great moviemakers are masters at manipulating your mind. And on September 30th Dream House will look to take its place among the memorable, mind-bending shockers in film.

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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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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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