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Exclusive: Sledgehammer Films to Produce Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher



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Those moonshine-making Appalachians have been getting a bad cinematic rap ever since John Boorman’s seminal 1972 flick Deliverance, and filmmaker Joaquin Montalvan is poised to add yet another entry in the sub-genre with his forthcoming feature Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher.

To be produced by Montalvan’s Sledgehammer Films and shot in and around Los Angeles and Pasadena, California, this spring over the course of thirty days, Montalvan describes Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher as a “retro grindhouse film,” which is set to star Stephen Feinberg as ‘The Storyteller,’ Chris Shumway as ‘Billy Wayne,’ Theresa Holly as ‘Rae Lynn’ and Paul E. Respass in the lead as one ‘Carl Henry Jessup,’ the titular Hillbilly Butcher. Of the script (according to the official synopsis), it takes place “in a lonely backwoods shack, where Carl Henry Jessup spends his time drinkin’ and thinkin’ bout dem good ole days. With only his half-sister Rae Lynn and his friend Billy Wayne to keep him company, he lives an isolated existence – that is, until folks start trespassin’ on his property, and Carl gets off his ass and becomes the Hillbilly Butcher.”

Co-writer and co-producer (with Eunice Font) Montalvan will also direct.

Chatting last week with the filmmaker, he stated of Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher, “The film is entirely self-financed so I can have total control and so there is no gun to my head with regard to time, though I anticipate having a completely finished film by June, so that I can start submitting it to festivals. And though I am going for a retro grindhouse 16mm look, the film will be shot digitally in HD.”

As for what inspired the project, Montalvan revealed, “I had just done a short film called Straight Razor (you can see that below), and I wanted to do another short similar where the title of the film is the name of a murder weapon. The next short was going to be called Butcher Knife. Around that time my actor friend Paul (Respass) showed up, and he had just had surgery and had been off work for a month so he had let his hair and beard grow, and he looked like a hillbilly. The idea for the short went out the window then and the idea to do a feature about a hillbilly who also happens to be a butcher was staring me right in the face. So I asked Paul if he was willing to stay looking that way for several months, and since he was cool with that, we were off to the races.”

straight razor from Joaquin Montalvan on Vimeo.

Regarding the gore audiences can expect (which will be provided in-house by Pasadena’s Sledgehammer Films), the filmmaker stated, “There will be blood! For me, blood is never gratuitous. It is part of the atmosphere of the film. It’s like when you’re cooking a barbeque, you gotta’ add some sauce to the meat. The blood is the sauce for the film. If you wanna know the truth, in my humble opinion, a film without blood is like a marriage without sex.”

We’ll keep you updated on Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher. In the interim check out the project’s official poster below, and then visit the Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher Facebook page.

Exclusive: Sledgehammer Films to Produce Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher

We also have some stills, a poster, and the trailer from Montalvan’s previous arthouse serial killer feature Hole, which premiered last year at the DGA and can be found on Facebook here.

Joaquin Montalvan's Hole

Joaquin Montalvan's Hole

Joaquin Montalvan's Hole

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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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