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Room 101 and eOne Ink Multi-Year Deal to Deliver ScaresGiven that the horror genre has been number one at the box office every weekend of 2012 so far (no doubt another sign of the apocalypse), it’s no surprise to see studios sit up and take notice.

From the Press Release
Independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) has entered into a multi-year film and television production pact with ROOM 101, Inc., partners Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity 1, 2 & 3, Insidious, The Devil Inside) and Adi Shankar (The Grey).

Under the terms of the deal, ROOM 101 will deliver on average two premium micro-budget genre titles annually to eOne. The projects will be high-concept and filmmaker-driven and will encompass both acquisitions and original productions. eOne will finance, co-produce, and distribute globally, with the exception of the United States, where distribution will be handled on a per-project basis.

“With a number of exciting and high-profile genre movies already in the works, ROOM 101 has established itself as a tastemaker and trend-setter in the creative community,” said Patrice Theroux, eOne’s President of Filmed Entertainment. “With this co-financing venture we are taking a more global approach to films, allowing all of our territories to distribute the slate and providing our international sales teams with highly commercial pictures for distribution around the globe.”

Benedict Carver, SVP of Filmed Entertainment at eOne, will oversee the ROOM 101 slate for the studio. Carver joined the company last September and since then has been actively generating strategic opportunities, commercial properties, and global partnerships for both eOne’s film and television groups.

Schneider has quickly risen up through the ranks in Hollywood to become one of the industry’s most sought-after producers of dark genre fare. Since identifying and helping usher Paranormal Activity to the big screen and iconic status around the world, Schneider has gone on to produce two hit Paranormal sequels for Paramount with a fourth entry in the franchise set for release this October. Made for less than $10 million combined, the three Paranormal Activity movies released to date have grossed well over a half-billion dollars at the global box office. Schneider’s other producing credits include Insidious, a micro-budgeted sleeper hit which ended up bringing in nearly $100 million worldwide; The Devil Inside, Paramount Insurge’s mock-doc exorcism movie which shattered industry expectations – as well as box-office records – when it opened this past January to $35 million; and “The River”, a cutting-edge network TV series on which he serves as Executive Producer. This new show, which also counts Steven Spielberg as and EP, is set to premiere this month on ABC.

“ROOM 101 is committed to nurturing its relationships with gifted filmmakers with an eye towards finding, developing, and producing high-quality fare at the micro-budget level,” said Schneider. “We look forward to collaborating with Patrice, Lara, Benedict, and the entire eOne team as they bring to bear a unique knowledge and expertise when it comes to the international film and TV marketplace.”

Shankar, who along with Spencer Silna serves as co-founder and co-chairman of independent studio 1984 Private Defense Contractors, has fast made a name for himself as well by executive producing a string of studio-level, filmmaker-driven action movies. These include last year’s Gerard Butler vehicle Machine Gun Preacher and the Liam Neeson-starrer The Grey, which opened number one at the US box office last month. Shankar’s upcoming projects include the long-awaited Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd; Andrew Dominik’s Cogan’s Trade, starring Brad Pitt; the crime thriller Broken City, helmed by Allen Hughes and featuring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe; and Steven Soderbergh’s pharmaceutical suspenser, Bitter Pill, starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law.

“The goal is for ROOM 101 to become a haven for talented, genre-oriented filmmakers,” Shankar explained. “Here they’ll be provided the opportunity to craft innovative, visceral, and commercially viable projects. Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Devil Inside each caused tectonic shifts in the micro-budget film landscape. Going forward, ROOM 101 is committed to evolving the micro-budget space even further.”

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Exclusive: Confrontational Bewitches and Hypnotizes With “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn”

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Earlier this year, I introduced you readers to Italian synthwave artist Confrontational and his cover of Sabrina’s “Boys (Summertime Love)”. While that track was pure summertime brightness, we recognize that many of you are more interested in the darker side of music, where songs are melancholic yet brimming with a hypnotic sexual tension. To that end, we’ve teamed up once again to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” featuring Tying Tiffany, which you can listen to below.

Melding equal parts of The Cure and John Carpenter, the song pulsates sensually, evoking imagery of electric blue and hot pink lasers piercing through vantablack darkness. Furthermore, the dynamic between the female and male vocals adds a wonderful sense of intimacy. This song was clearly a child of the 80’s that is now grown up and ready to stand on its own.

Confrontational tells Dread Central:
The final chapter in the triptych, once again graced by Branca Studio’s outstanding artwork, recounts the striving for light in spite of the devouring darkness that surrounds us all. Unrequited love, loss of innocence, loss of identity, temptation and anger – the story finally comes to a close. There is a deep and heartfelt sense of longing throughout each of the tracks, a hard-hitting feeling of nostalgia – which is something Tiffany found out to be a constant in my songwriting. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and I am ecstatic to have finally worked together on this. Her unique take on the lyrics is what makes it so very special, and her vocals blending seamlessly with mine throughout the choruses turned it into a true personal favorite. To have Tiffany on the album along with these amazing heroes of mine – Cody, Tobias and Trevor – is simply dream-like, and makes me so very proud to finally share the effort with you all. I look forward to checking out everyone’s comments on this and I can’t wait to bring it to the stage soon!

“Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” comes from Confrontational’s upcoming album The Burning Dawn, which can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. Guest appearances on the album include Tobias Bernstrup, Cody Carpenter, and more!

Confrontational can be followed at his official website, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Upcoming tour dates:
January 25 – Milano (TBA)
January 26 – Savona (TBA)
January 27 – Ravenna (Bronson)

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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 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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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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