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What’s up with kids being scared by artwork in the UK? It seems like at least once a year something is banned there because it’s upsetting or scaring children. The latest offender …

According to The Hollywood Reporter the poster campaign for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Final Destination 5 has been banned in the UK by the Advertising Standards Authority for upsetting children.

The ad watchdog ruled that the poster, which shows a skull being shattered by steel rods driven through its mouth and eye sockets, must not appear again in its current form after upholding a slew of complaints from adults with upset children.

The Warner Bros. release has been advertized by the imagery on posters on the side of buses and on billboards on the London Underground tube network.

The campaign ran in August this year ahead of its August 26 rollout, and the ASA received 13 complaints that the poster and its tagline “It’s not if, it’s when … Final Destination 5” was distressing and unsuitable for children to see.

Three people who complained claimed that their young children had become visibly upset when they saw the ad on a bus.

ASA said in its ruling that it “considered the image was likely to catch the attention of children, especially because it was shown on a poster on the Underground, where it was an untargeted medium.

Because very young children might view the ad depicting violence, “it was likely to cause fear and undue distress to children,” ASA said.

Warner Bros. argued that the skull was a “fantasy image” and the poster “accurately reflected the content of the film in an appropriate manner without causing excessive fear or distress.

Despite WB’s protestations, ASA said the ad must not appear again in its original form. Pussies.

Warner Home Video has announced a December 27th Blu-ray and DVD release for Final Destination 5. Special features include:

Special Features

  • Circle of Death
  • Alternate Death Scenes
  • Visual Effects of Death: Collapsing Bridge
  • Visual Effects of Death: Airplane Crash

    Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and in Final Destination 5 it strikes again. During the bus ride to a corporate retreat, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition in which he and most of his friends — as well as numerous others — die in a horrific bridge collapse. When his vision ends, events begin to mirror what he had seen, and he frantically ushers as many of his colleagues — including his friend, Peter (Miles Fisher), and girlfriend, Molly (Emma Bell) — away from the disaster before Death can claim them. But these unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive, and in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

    Read our Final Destination 5 review here!

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    12 Classic Creepy Christmas Critters!



    Though Krampus and The Grinch usually get all the spooky holiday love, the team of Arthur Rankin, Jr., and Jules Bass at Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc., gave us many memorable monsters who revel in Christmas fear! Each year they lurk about on TV before a multitude of heroes have had a chance to change their black hearts into golden ones! Just like Ebenezer Scrooge at noon on Christmas Eve, these monsters start as spooky as can be, and we have a list of some of our absolute favorites for you below!

    Aeon the Terrible

    “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (1978)
    Faster than you can scream “La Carcagne,” the giant claw(s) of Aeon the Terrible will swoop in and carry you off to the island of No-Name: a giant iceberg near the North Pole where the sun NEVER shines! This bad boy is known to terrorize the skies of the Sands of Time, a desert near Father Time’s castle. Dare you make the trek? Make sure you look up (you know… something the characters in Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent NEVER did), or else you might lose your head!

    Bumble the Abominable Snowman

    “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1968)
    For many years man has searched for the missing link. Regardless of what you call it – Sasquatch, Bigfoot, the Yeti, the Abominable Snowman… this furry fear maker has been as elusive as finding a jawbone in a haystack on Farmer Vincent’s farm. It figures that none other than Rudolph would use his shiny red nose as a means to shed some light on this beast’s whereabouts! Let’s just be thankful he didn’t end up on Bumble’s menu. Lord knows this toothy terror tried!

    Burgermeister Meisterburger

    “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)
    Sure, there’s nothing mythical or supernatural about Burgermeister Meisterburger, but here’s a guy who makes Scrooge look like Nelson Mandela. I mean, come on… not even old Ebenezer would have banned toys from an entire town! Or would he? The jury is still out on that one. Incidentally, the police are still on the lookout for a yet-to-be-identified male who was boiled in his own pudding and buried with a sprig of holly through his heart. If you are in possession of any info leading to the capture of the heartless villain who committed this heinous act, please call 800-423-TIPS.

    Charlie in the Box

    “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)
    Remember the cover of Child’s Play 2? I’m willing to bet that old Charlie in the Box was more than just a little inspirational to the artist who came up with it! Never mind clowns! We DARE you to stare into Charlie’s soulless eyes… the devil’s eyes…

    Commander of the Wind Demons

    “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (1985)
    How foul is the Commander of the Wind Demons? So foul that he hasn’t even been given a name… just a title. Even worse, this nasty creature has been taxed with deciding the fate of Santa Claus himself! There are a lot of really weird and disturbing characters in 1985’s “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,” which was based upon 1902 children’s book written by L. Frank Baum of the same name. You’ll be seeing some more of them on this very list should you have the gumption to keep on reading.

    The Heat Miser

    “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)
    If Satan himself were to don a festive costume, we’re pretty sure he’d look a lot like the dreaded Heat Miser from 1974’s “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” With his marvelous singing voice and flair for theatrics, is it really such a stretch?

    Need more proof? Just try to get that damned song out of your head. Hell hath no fury, we tell ya!

    King Awgwa

    “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (1985)
    Quake in fear, kids! QUAKE IN FRIGGIN’ FEAR! King Awgwa is the leader of the Awgwas, a race of evil creatures that have the power to influence human minds. He also had the power to terrorize Karen Black via Zuni Fetish doll 10 years earlier, but that’s another tale… a whole trilogy of them.

    Old Mag the Hag

    “The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold” (1981)
    If the mythical Irish creatures known as Leprechauns have a scourge, it is no doubt Old Mag the Hag. A banshee who specialized in spreading bad luck wherever she went, Mag needed to dig her claws into a heaping helping of gold before Christmas Day or she would turn to tears and wash away forever. Reports of Mag have been eerily quiet since 1993. Despite multiple attempts Warwick Davis has remained unavailable for comment.

    The Snow Miser

    “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)
    The Yin to the Heat Miser’s Yang, the Snow Miser may be a bit more cheery than his hot-headed friend, but we can assure you that under that cheery exterior he has a heart of pure ice. He also suffers from the single most severe case of post-nasal drip we’ve ever seen. Seriously, someone get this dude a chisel and some tissue. Thanks.

    The Evil Cossack King, Kubla Kraus

    “Jack Frost” (1979)
    The Evil Cossack King, Kubla Kraus is more or less the Dr. Frankenstein of the Rankin and Bass universe because he possesses the know-how to bring life to his creations… an army of Keh-Knights, amongst other robotic servants. Kraus sits upon the throne of his lair on Miserable Mountain, and the only thing on his agenda is keeping the residents of January Junction in a constant state of fear. Good thing old Jack Frost is around to chill him out, or his army of mechanical monsters would have no doubt taken over the world by now.


    “Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July” (1979)
    If Kraus could be considered a Doctor Frankenstein of sorts, then without question the evil sorcerer Winterbolt would have felt right at home in the Lord of the Rings universe at the side of Lord Saruman. This sneaky devil actually conjured that terrible storm in which Rudolph with his nose so bright guided Santa’s sleigh that night. Furious that his nefarious plan was foiled, Winterbolt rises with a vengeance and convinces both Frosty the Snowman and Rudy to head to Florida to become carny freaks for the dreaded ringmaster Sam Spangles. I know… WTF, right? Talk about a cold-hearted bastard.

    The Winter Warlock

    “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)
    Without question, the most terrifying of all Rankin and Bass’ many creations was the infamous Winter Warlock. I mean, just look at this dude. He SCREAMS “I’m nefarious!” If he didn’t have the train fetish that he did, there’s no way ANYONE, Rudolph or otherwise, would ever have made it across the Mountain of the Whispering Wind, thereby killing Christmas off for good and plunging us all into a dark wonderland of humbug!

    That’s it! Did we miss any of your favorites or rekindle some long dormant memories? Let us know in the comments section below. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fright!

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    Exclusive Desolation Clip Let Out of Isolation



    It’s not only Friday, Dreadheads! It’s also time for an exclusive clip from IFC Midnight’s release of Sam Patton’s Desolation! Look for the flick in select theaters, VOD, and Digital platforms beginning TODAY!

    Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols star.

    After the death of her husband, Abby (Jaimi Page); her son, Sam (Toby Nichols); and her best friend, Jen (Alyshia Ochse), venture into the forests of upstate NY on a camping trip, only to find themselves in danger from a mysterious hiker (Claude Duhamel) with malicious intentions. As the trio attempt to navigate the vast wilderness in search of safety, they find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game; and the only way to survive is to kill – or be killed.


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    Exclusive: Megaherz Raise the Curtains With “Vorhang Auf” Video Premiere



    Today we’re teaming up with German industrial metal band Megaherz to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their song “Vorhang Auf”, which appears on their upcoming album Komet. Directed by Adam D. Barker, the video sees the band performing in a domed, almost MMA-esque cage while surrounded by dozens upon dozens of tealight candles. This footage is intercut with a ballerina (Lauren Burton) performing her own dance moves to the Neue Deutsche Härte style of music.

    Megaherz tells Dread Central, “Vorhang Auf (Let the Curtain Rise)” is a song about our lives, the stage, the whole energy we share with the audience. The pain, the intoxication, the strength. An incredulous feeling that makes everything else forget. Let’s dance together and let’s hope we don’t ever have to stop!

    Komet comes out February 23 and can be pre-ordered through Napalm Records.

    You can follow Megaherz on their official website and through Facebook.

    Upcoming tour dates:
    03.03.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
    04.03.18 DE – Stuttgart / Das Cann
    08.03.18 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
    09.03.18 DE – Hannover / Musikzentrum
    15.03.18 AT – Vienna / Szene
    16.03.18 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch
    17.03.18 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
    22.03.18 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
    23.03.18 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle II
    24.03.18 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
    14.04.18 DE – Munich / Backstage Werk
    28.04.18 DE – Madgeburg / Factory

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