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The Horrors of Fantasia: Day Four




After the late night/early morning that technically ended Day Three (read about it here), the wife and I were fairly sure we weren’t going to be up on Sunday to make it out to see My Scary Girl, a Korean comedy that we were hoping was a bit more horror-centric than it was. Obviously that means we did make it and even had Evil Andy along with us for the ride. While it was a fun movie about a 30-year-old virgin who has never even kissed a girl and ends up falling in love with a women who’s killed many times, it had all the makings for something very dark, but in the end it was just a lot of jokes and a very flippant attitude towards murder.

Afterwards, Andy decided he was going to ignore what pretty much everyone else has said about it (save for our man Paul, whose review is more positive than negative) and sat still to watch Brett Leonard’s Feed. When we caught up with him a few hours later, he was far less than pleased with his decision… and proceeded to remind us just how unpleased he was for the next hour or so. It’s okay, though; he’s an intelligent guy and can critique with the best of ’em.

After some dinner we hit the main theater for what was promised to be a truly fucked up experience: a Japanese film called Funky Forest. What we had expected to be a pretty weird film turned out to contain some of the most bizarre imagery I’ve ever seen under the title of “movie”. A series of sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing vignettes with interconnecting characters, Funky Forest is the kind of movie that simply cannot be synopsized. Not that that is a bad thing, it was sure as hell entertaining to see with a crowd, but it was overlong and a bit too reliant on trance music for some of its overly long scenes. When it was over, we were more than happy for a slice of normalcy.

Mitch Davis watches as Lucky McKee and cast/crew answer questions about The WoodsThat relative normalcy came in the form of the North American premiere of Lucky McKee’s The Woods, with most of the cast and crew on-hand for a Q&A following the film. Since it was shot in Montreal, it was only fitting that the troubled production would see its big debut in the same city, and I’m happy to say the crowd really dug it. It’s got some issues with pacing, and the end isn’t nearly as satisfying as I would have hoped, but all in all The Woods is a very solid movie with stand-out performances by all of its leads and some beautiful cinematography. I’m not sure why Sony’s having such a tough time figuring out how to market it, as it’s a straight-up horror film through and through, but then who ever really understands studios anyway? Michelle reviewed it for us right here, so be sure to check it out.

Afterwards it was time to celebrate, so we all headed out to Brewtopia, the official pub of Fantasia. They have a section outside reserved especially for guests and friends of the festival, and it’s always a great time when we settle there. That was where our very long night the previous evening had begun, but we all knew that tonight wasn’t going to be nearly as long since most people were either wiped out, had jobs to get to (Andy), or were heading out the next day (the wife and I). Still, we had a great crowd as you can see at the bottom of this article including (to name just a few) Scott Glosserman, director of Behind the Mask (he’s the one sitting down in blue), myself, Evil Andy, Fangoria’s Mike Gingold, “Sick Girl” star Erin Brown, The Lost director Chris Sivertson, and a slew of others.

Behind the Mask director Scott Glosserman is regailed by Film Threat reporter Jeremy NoxI got the chance to chat with both Scott (who is still reeling from his movie being so well-received and loving every minute of it) and Lucky, who seemed much more relaxed once the actual screening of The Woods was over. Despite the fact that he was seeing cast and crew from The Woods he hadn’t seen in years, he still took a few minutes to get the pic you see below with me and Chris Severson. Overall Lucky comes off as a really mellow, funny guy with an amazing vision and a great support system around him who all seem to have no idea whatsoever what the definition of the word ego is, let alone posses one. They all like to drink, smoke, and talk about movies, so we got along smashingly.

Lucky McKee, Johnny Butane, Chris Sivertson...Lucky was not nearly as annoyed/terrified as he looksThe night ended too early, and today came and went too fast, but suffice it to say we had an absolutely fantastic time at Fantasia once again this year. A huge thanks to Mitch and his crew for making the entire event problem-free and being more than willing to address any issue brought to them…not that we had any to speak of!

If you’ve not made it out for the festival yet, make a plan now to do so next year, even it it’s only for a long weekend. The variety of films they show every year is breathtaking, and it just keeps getting better, as you can see by the list on their official site.

Stay tuned; we’ll continue to have near daily coverage from our embedded reporters, Evil Andy and Paul McCannibal (not their real identities), as well as reviews for almost every single horror piece showing this year!

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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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