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The Hunger Games Continue as the Cabin in the Woods Fills with Stooges and Battleship Explodes Abroad



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The woods are alive with the sound of teenagers getting killed. With The Hunger Games ruling the box office for the fourth straight week, just how did the other teen killfest, The Cabin in the Woods, fare against this box office juggernaut and three guys named Moe, Larry, and Curly? Read on!

Week 4 for The Hunger Games resulted in another $21.5 million and another week on top of the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. Domestically alone, it already stands at over $336 million. Add in international and the tally has already crossed $500 million.

Something dawned on me this weekend that actually has me mildly intrigued. MTV will soon be announcing this year’s Movie Award nominees. We all know that the Twilight films have dominated that awards show every year. However, this year, I do believe given the screwy timeline MTV does their nominating process that The Hunger Games will be eligible. Could The Hunger Games ruin Breaking Dawn: Part 1’s clean sweep? What will happen when two mega blockbusters that appeal to teenage girls collide? I don’t want to alarm anyone but the tween-pocalypse could be upon us come June!

As for the long-shelved but now critically hailed collaboration between The Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”/”Angel” cohort Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods had to settle for a third place opening behind the revival of The Three Stooges. $14.9 million for the weekend isn’t too bad all things considered.

What is disheartening is that it only received a Cinemascore of “C”, which, according to Box Office Mojo, is most likely due to the film being a satire that was sold predominantly as a straight-forward horror film. Those people are the reason we can’t have nice things.

No need to get upset over The Cabin in the Woods not being a bigger hit because the worst case scenario still has it going on to become the cult classic it was clearly created to be in the first place. Not like the movie was designed to be a sequel-spawning machine a la Saw.

It’s not really horror but I might as well make mention of it. Anyone see a movie called Lockout this weekend? Guy Pearce playing Escape from New York meets Die Hard trying to rescue the President’s daughter trapped on a space prison? Guess not since the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi actioner opened way down in 9th place with only 6.25 million.

The Raid: Redemption also expanded nationwide to 881 theaters this weekend. Unfortunately, can’t say surprisingly, though, it took in over a million dollars. A subtitled Indonesian action movie that’s still only relatively well known to hardcore internet movie fans wasn’t quite ready to go mainstream despite how badass it is. Regardless, like The Cabin in the Woods, its cult status is already secured.

Next weekend – zippo! Unless that Disney Chimpanzee movie turns out to be a Monkey Shines-esque horror movie in disguise, there won’t be anything new for horror fans until two weeks from now when John Cusak Poes it up for The Raven. After that, summer movie season is upon us and horror mostly goes on the backburner for several months.

Speaking of blockbusters and why we can’t have nice things, internationally, Battleship is in no danger of sinking anytime soon. Already playing in theaters in many foreign territories weeks before it sets sail in America, Peter Berg’s Navy vs. the Halo-Formers Paramount/Hasbro synergized blockbuster has already grossed a whopping $58 million. Once again proving that big explosions and loud noises translate to any language. Will be interesting to see how Battleship does when it opens in the US given how much derision it has already been met with just based on the board game-inspired premise alone.

The Hunger Games Continue as the Cabin in the Woods Fills with Stooges and Battleship Explodes Abroad

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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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