Mark Savage's Circus of Dread Enters Pre-Production - Dread Central
Connect with us

Mark Savage’s Circus of Dread Enters Pre-Production

Published

on

Post Thumb:

/apr12/circusdread.jpg

Domiziano Arcangeli, Circus of DreadAustralian filmmaker Mark Savage’s Circus of Dread, a feature film with strong horror overtones, is now in active development at CineNature, an international production company with interests in American, Japanese, and Australian film production.

Synopsis:
Two brothers – one a priest, one a career criminal – find bloody salvation in a mysterious underground carnival. Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime in a twisted carnival that brings the circus freaks out of the shadows and into your nightmares!

American actor Bill Oberst, Jr., whom Savage calls “a new Lon Chaney”, is attached to play Baker, the career criminal of the brothers. The priest will be played by international genre star Domiziano Arcangeli (pictured above). Circus of Dread marks the first screen pairing of Oberst and Arcangeli (both are in the cast of the upcoming horror anthology film Scary or Die but had no scenes together.)

Oberst is tight-lipped about the film’s plot but says, “Mark Savage’s script is brutal, explicit, and disturbing; yet, it is a story of salvation. I’m convinced that if Mark can film what he has written, Circus of Dread will be a film that fans of horror and of artistic cinema will be talking about for decades. This is graphic material and the film will be controversial, but he wants to make it a work that generates universal emotions. My favorite Mark Savage quote is, ‘Despite appearances, we are all of the human race.’

Australian-born writer/director Savage first achieved fame as an underground cult filmmaker specializing in brutal, gory psychological thrillers and horror movies. He directed dozens of short films beginning at age 14 before moving on to direct feature films, numerous commercials, music videos, and industrial films. His influences for Circus of Dread’s dark underground world of sideshow exploitation include the 1932 Tod Browning film Freaks (in which Browning famously cast performers born with deformities in some key roles, something Savage is considering doing for Circus of Dread); the long history of so-called ‘freak shows’ exhibiting human oddities for profit; and an interest in the work of Japanese cult artists like Hideshi Hino, Suehiro Maruo, and Toshio Saeki.

I think the old appetite for the circus and associated ‘freakery’ remains and is perhaps becoming even more popular as popular culture evolves and becomes more bizarre,” say Savage. “The circus freak is the side of ourselves we fear.

Domiziano Arcangeli, Circus of Dread

Adds Oberst, “The homage in spirit to the film Freaks is very meaningful to me, as director Tod Browning worked with Lon Chaney, Sr., quite a bit and would have starred Chaney in Freaks had not the actor died suddenly the year before. Lon Chaney is a great hero of mine, and I see a lot of Tod Browning’s genius in Mark. So I hope the ghosts of these two great men will forgive me if I see working with Mark Savage on Circus of Dread as a 21st century version of their collaboration.

Look for more soon!

VISIT THE EVILSHOP @ AMAZON!
Got news? Click here to submit it!
Be a freak in the comments section below!

Image Type 1:

Comments

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Comments

News

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

Published

on

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.

Comments

Continue Reading

News

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

Published

on

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.

Nice!

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.

Enjoy!

Comments

Continue Reading

News

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

Published

on

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Comments

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Go Ad Free!

Support Dread Central on Patreon!
Advertisement

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Join the Box of Dread Mailing List

* indicates required

Trending

Copyright © 2017 Dread Central Media LLC