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Fan of computer animation? Fan of vampire horror? Then you’ve come to the right place. The new short film Raven’s Hollow is now available for viewing right here on Dread Central. If you’re interested in some impressive CGI, come on in and take a peek.

Running right around 11 minutes long, Raven’s Hollow is a really cool animated vampire story. Click now, and check it out!

Synopsis
Billy; his sister, Lisa; and her boyfriend, Mike, spend Halloween at the drive-in after trick or treating. When Billy threatens to walk home through a dark cornfield, Mike tells him a legend of Old Farmer Blood, who is said to have seeded his field with the blood of murder victims. When Billy disbelieves, Mike leads the trio into a nightmare of unrelenting terror.

About Raven’s Hollow
Raven’s Hollow is an 11-minute short film co-written, directed, and animated by Colin Clarke, made entirely on home computers using off-the-shelf software. Clarke’s previous credits include Frankenstein vs. the Wolfman in 3D and the Gothic superhero short films Raven and Raven 2.

Raven’s Hollow is inspired by myths and ghost stories writer/director/animator Clarke heard while growing up in Northern Illinois, a geographical area of the United States known for vast fields of corn and agriculture. A local legend involving a vengeful farmer, childhood memories of the drive-in movie theater, and the enduring pop culture specter of a haunted scarecrow combined to form the basis of the film’s story.

“My hope is that audiences will find Raven’s Hollow to be a scary story,” says Clarke, “and also a love letter to the Halloween season, drive-in movie theaters, and the rural legends and ghost stories of the great American Midwest.”

In addition to CG animation, Raven’s Hollow incorporates a motion comic segment which transforms line art, drawn by Andrew Carlson, into three-dimensional animation. Raven’s Hollow was an Official Selection at the 2011 Mile High Horror Film Festival, 2011 Gen Con Film Festival, 2011 Dark Carnival Film Festival, 2011 Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, and 2011 Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival and was First Place Winner at the 2011 On the Waterfront Film Festival. The film also was shown as part of the Halloween edition of Rue Morgue & Unstable Ground’s Little Terrors Short Film Event in Toronto, Ontario.

Raven’s Hollow reunites the core creative team from Frankenstein vs. the Wolfman in 3D, including director/animator/co-producer/co-writer Colin Clarke, co-producer/audio designer Andrew Carlson, co-writer Marc Packard, and score composer Andrew Kalbfus. The film is a co-production between Daredevil Films and Darkhouse Productions.

Raven’s Hollow from Colin Clarke on Vimeo.

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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