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Rest in Peace: Susan GordonSusan Gordon was best known as a child actress and is remembered mostly for her appearance in the “Twilight Zone” episode “The Fugitive”, in which she befriends the ruler of a planet who is hiding out on earth. We’re sad to report the news that Susan passed away on December 11th at the age of 62 after battling cancer.

Gordon also appeared in such genre films as Attack of the Puppet People (directed by her father, Bert I. Gordon), Tormented, and Picture Mommy Dead as well as the TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”.

From the SusanGordon.info website:

Susan Gordon
b. July 27, 1949 in St. Paul, Minnesota
d. December 11, 2011 in Teaneck, New Jersey

Susan was last able to speak to us on November 8, 2011. Her final words in the conversation were: “I need to sleep” — she seemed to be consciously avoiding the word “goodbye” in ending conversations with us in her final months. Susan loved life and she did not wish to concede that she had reached the end of her journey. As a result, she did not advise us what to say on her official website after she was gone. We will just mention a few things we know from having been Susan’s friends for 15 years.

Rest in Peace: Susan GordonSusan Gordon loved her family, friends, and fans. She also loved laughing, dancing, singing, acting, traveling, cooking, creating, dreaming, watching movies, attending SAG screenings, meeting new people, chatting with friends, playing board games, taking cruises, tutoring math, conducting cooking classes, telling jokes, gushing about her children’s accomplishments, holding her grandchildren, visiting her mom and dad in California, talking to her sisters on the phone, helping friends, hosting large gatherings in her home, gazing at autumn leaves, and living life to its fullest. She loved the music of Jim Brickman, The Beatles, Norah Jones, Dido, the girl groups of the 1960s, and many others.

There have been more visitors to this website in the past 48 hours than there had been in the past 2 years. Also, hundreds of people have commented about Susan Gordon on Facebook walls, in Twitter feeds, on blogs, and at Internet message boards. Despite the fact that she had many friends and knew thousands of people, Susan was a very private person (and a very modest person). She would have been amazed by this public outpouring of affection.

Susan did not like football; yet, her final days called to mind a film about a football player. To paraphrase the epilogue from “Brian’s Song”:

Susan Gordon died of cancer at the age of 62. She left behind a great many loving family members and friends who miss her and think of her often. But when they think of her, it’s not how she died that they remember – but how she lived. How she did live!

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Susan’s many friends, family members, and constituents.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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