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Dracula’s New Origins

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Universal gives Dracula two new leases on life; on film and DVDNow that the consummate bloodsucker’s 75th anniversary is upon us, I guess it’s only fitting that Universal should want to resurrect Dracula yet again, this time re-telling his origin with a dabbling of actual facts from the life of Vlad the Impaler.

Variety reports that Uni has scooped up the script Dracula: Year Zero from newcomer scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The story, as the trade puts it, “explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war.” Ugh. Sounds…Gothy.

You might recall a while back that Jan DeBont was announced as producer on a film called Un-Dead, the first Stoker Family-sanctioned Dracula sequel to see the light of day that would bring back many returning characters. It’ll be interesting to see which of the two projects makes it out first…

Don’t forget, Universal is also releasing a brand-new DVD of the original Dracula, pictured above, which is either a re-packaging of or an improvement on the Legacy Collection series from a few years back. The disc is due out on September 26th, but no word on when Dracula: Year Zero will get rolling. I guess this is just a good time to be Dracula!

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Exclusive Desolation Clip Let Out of Isolation

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It’s not only Friday, Dreadheads! It’s also time for an exclusive clip from IFC Midnight’s release of Sam Patton’s Desolation! Look for the flick in select theaters, VOD, and Digital platforms beginning TODAY!

Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse, Claude Duhamel, and Toby Nichols star.

Synopsis:
After the death of her husband, Abby (Jaimi Page); her son, Sam (Toby Nichols); and her best friend, Jen (Alyshia Ochse), venture into the forests of upstate NY on a camping trip, only to find themselves in danger from a mysterious hiker (Claude Duhamel) with malicious intentions. As the trio attempt to navigate the vast wilderness in search of safety, they find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game; and the only way to survive is to kill – or be killed.

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Exclusive: Megaherz Raise the Curtains With “Vorhang Auf” Video Premiere

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Today we’re teaming up with German industrial metal band Megaherz to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their song “Vorhang Auf”, which appears on their upcoming album Komet. Directed by Adam D. Barker, the video sees the band performing in a domed, almost MMA-esque cage while surrounded by dozens upon dozens of tealight candles. This footage is intercut with a ballerina (Lauren Burton) performing her own dance moves to the Neue Deutsche Härte style of music.

Megaherz tells Dread Central, “Vorhang Auf (Let the Curtain Rise)” is a song about our lives, the stage, the whole energy we share with the audience. The pain, the intoxication, the strength. An incredulous feeling that makes everything else forget. Let’s dance together and let’s hope we don’t ever have to stop!

Komet comes out February 23 and can be pre-ordered through Napalm Records.

You can follow Megaherz on their official website and through Facebook.

Upcoming tour dates:
03.03.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
04.03.18 DE – Stuttgart / Das Cann
08.03.18 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
09.03.18 DE – Hannover / Musikzentrum
15.03.18 AT – Vienna / Szene
16.03.18 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch
17.03.18 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
22.03.18 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
23.03.18 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle II
24.03.18 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
14.04.18 DE – Munich / Backstage Werk
28.04.18 DE – Madgeburg / Factory

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New Poster and Trailer Begin to Diverge

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No, we’re not talking about the young adult series Divergent. What we have here is something completely different and a hell of a lot darker! Check out the trailer and more about Diverge right here!

Diverge, directed by James Morrison, stars Ivan Sandomire (Fluidic), Jamie Jackson (The Greatest Showman), and Andrew Sensing (Upstream Color, We Are Still Here) and features a hypnotic new score by the Blair Brothers (Green Room, Hold the Dark).

Check out the eye candy below courtesy of Gravitas Ventures, and look for the flick on iTunes and VOD this coming February 6th.

Synopsis:
In the aftermath of a mysterious pandemic that’s turned cities into wastelands, a man desperately searches for a way to cure his ailing wife as she battles a deadly virus. When he is captured by a cryptic stranger, he is offered the chance to save not only his wife but the world.

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