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Indie Horror Month: Phil Nichols Casts His Frankenstein Stage Play and Shares Info on Juice: Zombie Alley Vol. I



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Actor/writer/director/producer/special effects maven Phil Nichols is one of the busiest guys we know, but in honor of our Indie Horror Month celebration, he took some time to drop us a line with an update on what he’s been up to.

First off, casting is complete on Phil’s upcoming stage production of Frankenstein at the Country Playhouse in Houston, Texas (more info on the play can be found by clicking here). The cast includes a few Renfield: The Un-Dead alums along with several newcomers.

Cast Members:
Victor Frankenstein: Sam Martinez
The Creature: Michael Raabe
DeLacey (the blind hermit): John W. Stevens
Hana Metz, Body Snatcher: Melissa Nichols
Petunia Schmidt, Body Snatcher: Mary Westbrook
Body Snatcher Boy: Taylor Biltoft
Elizabeth: Maredith Zaritski
Justine: Amesti Reioux
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Angela Denny
Alphonse: Vance Johnson
Henry Clerval: Steve Dowell
Herr Mueller: Bob Galley
Frau Mueller: Jan Potts
Mueller’s Policeman/William Candidate: Enrique Joel Vazquez

Crew Members:
Director: Phil Nichols
Production Designer: Melissa L. Nichols
Costume Designer: Deborah Blake
Creature and SPFX Make-Up: Facades FX Make-up Lab
Lighting and Sound Design: Rod Harty

Phil Nichols' Stage Production of Frankenstein

Next up are preliminary sketches and a couple of early sculpts Phil did of the zombie possum that will be featured in Niko Red Star’s Juice: Zombie Alley Vol. I (formerly Zombie Alley). Nichols’ Facades FX is handling animatronic fabrication for the various stages of the mutated zombified possum creature. Phil told us, “We’re building three stages of mutation and zombification of the critter as well as FX for it being decapitated, skinned, and cooked, then putting itself back together! We’re doing the FX all practical – no CG for the Undead Possum!

Here’s the synopsis of the film from when we first heard about it last year:

A meteor falls from outer space, and Momma (the moo-moo wearing, shotgun toting, brains of the operation) and Greasy Earl (her deadbeat mechanic son) find the rock, discover it has highly addictive properties, take it back to their auto body shop, and make white trash meth out of it, which starts a zombie apocalypse.

This fun horror/comedy follows a struggling rock band as they wrestle with drugs, sex, rock and roll… and a unique twist on zombies and the monster genre as the mutated Momma, Earl, and their “Juicehead” lackeys ravage the town and spread the infection in an attempt to build their Evil Auto Empire.

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Lastly, Nichols promises that once he gets through this year of horror theatre work, he’ll be focusing on producing some more movies of his own. He’s writing several new projects that Facades FX Films will be handling beginning in 2013-2014. So be sure to keep him on your radar!

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Paramount’s Dating App Thriller Snags The Boy Next Door Screenwriter



Are dating apps scary? Paramount sure hopes that’s the case as they have just hired screenwriter Barbara Curry (Blumhouse’s The Boy Next Door) to pen the upcoming “dramatic investigative thriller” Gasp.

Hiring Curry for this film makes a ton of sense being that before Curry was the screenwriter behind “dramatic investigative thrillers” she worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for ten years. Qualifications galore.

Deadline reports that Gasp is centered around a female detective investigating a killer who is targeting women via a dating app. Nice. Not only is that a super-timely and creepy plot for a flick, but the film is supposedly based on several true stories.

Heaven help us. I knew it. Stay away from those. Male or female. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Now while I’ve never had a bad experience (re: stalker) from a dating app that makes sense considering I never use them. Ever. I prefer the old-school method of sitting in my room alone typing horror news articles and letting the ladies come to me.

12% of the time, it works every time.

The film is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) is co-producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!


A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3



“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.


A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie



One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Posted by Danielle Harris on Monday, November 6, 2017

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