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Become a Part of Daniel Knauf's Bxx: HauntedWe’ve been ranting and raving about the new project from Daniel Knauf, Bxx: Haunted, for over a month now, and if you’re at all acquainted with the series he did for HBO, “Carnivale”, then you’re likely to be pretty excited as well. Now we have your chance to go beyond excitement.

Are you an aspiring digital FX artist? How would you like to get a shot at scoring a line-credit on the latest project by Daniel Knauf, the creator of cult TV sensation “Carnivale”? That’s right, kids. Now YOU can join in on the madness! We’ll let Daniel take it from here…

We have a single shot in which a man is bludgeoned to death with a monkeywrench,” explains Knauf, “It’s captured from four angles. We did the digital blood effects inhouse. Though they were passable, they weren’t great. So I thought, hey, Bxx is an Internet project, crowd-funded and sourced since inception. So let’s crowd-source the fucker!

Knauf ran the idea past us, and we agreed it was a grand idea. And thus was born “The Great Kill the Crap Out of Mr. Blaylock and Snag a Credit Contest”.

Co-sponsored by Bxx and Dread Central. Open to everyone, amateurs, professionals, and hobbyists alike.

The challenge? Create an absolutely realistic digital bludgeoning. Blood-spatter. Cracked skull. Brains. Blood slowly spreading under the victim.

The reward? Knauf will use the winner’s shot in Bxx: Haunted, and the winning artist will receive a “Digital Gore FX by” line-credit on the site’s roll. Plus bragging rights. Plus an invite to the Bxx: Haunted wrap party!

But, like all great opportunities, this one is fleeting; the deadline is a mere 10 days from now on MARCH 16, 2012.

The winning entry will be the one that looks the most absolutely real,” suggests Knauf. “The artist needs to match the source video’s resolution and color settings. This isn’t HD. We shot Haunted on SD security video cams with fairly high compression rates so the image can be a bit degraded. Match that, and you’re halfway there.

Other hints:

Go real-real, not movie-real,” Knauf cautions, “and don’t do anything to the overall image such as color-correction or global settings. We’ll be applying our own settings to the winning shot to ensure it matches the rest of our video.”

To enter, simply download the Quicktime file here, load it into your favorite imaging suite, and kill the ever-living crap out of Mr. Blaylock from four angles (granted, Mr. Blaylock isn’t visible in one of the shots, but a pretty blond actress seated across the table from him is, and she’s bound to get drenched in cast-off blood and, erm… matter.

Once you’ve nailed it, simply upload it to your favorite video sharing site, and send the link to

Your work will be judged by Knauf and his team, and the winner will be announced here at Dread Central on Friday, March 16th.

P.S. Knauf has informed us that the limited, invitation-only launch is filling up fast. If you want to be among the first 5,000 online guests to experience it, go to the official Bxx: Haunted website, and enter your email address on the signup page. Quickly. Today. Now. Also be sure to follow @BxxWeb on Twitter for more.

The Great Kill the Crap Out of Mr. Blaylock Contest from Daniel Knauf on Vimeo.

Bxx: Haunted is an entirely new form of cinematic storytelling, leveraging the technology of the Internet. Shot over 48 hours using dozens of cameras, Knauf has taken almost 800 hours of raw video and created a non-linear story that is meant to be viewed as one browses the Net: follow what interests you, browse deeper to learn more, back out and go somewhere else if you get bored.

The goal is to have viewers create the experience they want to see, to more or less become filmmakers creating their own experience on the fly.

For his first work in this new format, Knauf chose to tell the story of a paranormal investigation gone very, very wrong. Six people, one house, 48 hours. What will happen?

Got news? Click here to submit it!
Be non-linear in the comments section below!

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray



A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?

After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.


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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!



Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.


On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.



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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3



Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.


When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.


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