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It was a great weekend at the box office for a certain movie about an unlikely group of heroes having to come together to defeat an invading alien force. Unfortunately for the makers of Battleship, that movie was still The Avengers.

If it wasn’t called The Avengers, nobody gave a damn for the third week in a row. Another $55+ million weekend, over $450 million domestic, another $600 million internationally, and cracking the top 5 highest grossing movies of all time. Easily crushing new releases The Dictator, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Battleship, the latter suffering the most due to its astronomical budget and nothing but negative karma since its inception.

Peter Berg’s mega budget tale of the US Navy battling sea-faring aliens with porcupine quill goatees, based on the board game by Hasbro, the toy company responsible for Transformers in case you haven’t heard, sank at the US box office with a paltry 2nd place $25.5 million opening, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Going into the weekend it was projected to earn $40-50 million, and even that would have been considered a major disappointment given the film’s hefty price tag.

Sony’s only real consolation is that by releasing the movie a month early internationally, they managed to make just a little over $200 million before The Avengers opened up and gobbled up all of that business, too. Not much consolation since Battleship cost $200 million to make, and that’s before factoring in the high price of marketing and distribution. It is entirely possible that the price of the Battleship folly could rival John Carter, and keep in mind that movie lost Disney over $200 million and the head of the film studio.

You really have to feel bad for poor Taylor Kitsch. You just know he, his agent, and all the people surrounding him had to be thinking he was about to become the next big thing what with his starring roles in two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. Then those two blockbusters end up being John Carter and Battleship. I’m not saying the guy’s career is dead, but right now he would have a better chance of actually sailing a battleship to Mars than headlining another major motion picture anytime soon.

The sad thing is you can almost guarantee that when the Sony execs gather to figure out what went wrong, more fingers will get pointed at Taylor Kitsch, director Peter Berg, and The Avengers than actually looking in the mirror and considering the possibility that maybe Battleship never should have been made in the first place.

Another big budget bust came in fourth place this weekend. Remember Dark Shadows? It just opened last weekend, and it seems like everyone has either already forgotten or don’t even care anymore. It took in $12.5 million for the weekend, bringing its domestic box office to just barely over $50 million. This latest Burton/Depp team effort reportedly cost somewhere between $150-175 million so Warner Bros. had better cross its fingers that Johnny Depp is a big enough star to make bank internationally.

Next weekend sees the release of the Oren Peli-produced R-rated horror chiller The Chernobyl Diaries and yet another mega budget movie that hopes to not get sunk in The Avengers‘ wake, Men in Black 3.

Going back to the biggest bombing of a Naval vessel since the USS Cole, the most interesting bit of fallout from the staggering amount of money about to be lost on Battleship probably means that we’ll never get to see the game below become a mega budget event movie. That’s a damn shame because I certainly would have camped in front of the theater for months to see it.

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Whatever Happened to Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?



Back in April of 2007, we all sat in our local darkened theater and watched as Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s exploitation double feature Grindhouse (review) blew the roof off the place for 3 hours straight.

Well, it’s ten years later, and I think we are all asking ourselves the same question: Where the hell is Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

Like every other human out there, I enjoyed both Tarantino and Rodriguez’s films – along with the fake trailers by Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright – but the big takeaway was Eli Roth’s faux trailer for the greatest 80’s slasher that never was.

So what happened to the feature?

Well, Roth was originally working on the feature back in 2007 after finishing his work helming Hostel: Part II, telling Cinema Blend:

“I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer,” Roth told the site. “And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.”

But then the planned film died out as Grindhouse flopped at the box-office. Following the film’s underperformance, all talks surrounding Edgar Wright and Eli Roth’s Grindhouse double feature spin-off were silenced in a single weekend.

In fact, the last update we received on the possible standalone Thanksgiving film was last year when Roth did a Reddit AMA, and said this about the film’s current development:

“Have a draft not totally happy with. I want to put some more work into it so the film lives up to the trailer. We have the story and mythology cracked so now it’s about getting the kills right.”

Nice. Seemed like the film was making some headway. Nothing to do but gut the T’s and cut the heads off the I’s. But then nothing happened. At all. No updates. No nothing.

With that in mind, we here at Dread Central decided to reach out to Roth personally and see if there were any new happenings in regards to the film. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach him so I guess we’ll all just have to keep wondering and waiting.

Maybe it’s the pressure he no doubt feels making the much loved faux trailer into a feature. After all, he did say this back in 2007: “No matter how many movies I make my whole life, that two-and-a-half minute trailer is what I’ll be remembered for: ‘Eli Roth — he had a guy fucking a turkey with a decapitated head on it.’”

Or maybe the rights to the film were just tied up with the now infamous Weinstein company. But with that company finally going under (thank God) maybe now the rights could be sold off to new producers and finally, we’ll see not only Thanksgiving but features based on Don’t and possibly even Werewolf Women of the S.S.

But I dream…

Until we get the full-length feature flick of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, we can always look back on the comments he made to Rolling Stone way back in April of 2007, in which he talked a bit about the Pilgrim’s backstory.

“My friend Jeff… we had the whole movie worked out,” Roth told the magazine. “A kid who’s in love with a turkey and then his father killed it and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town.”

Jesus, please us. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the f*cking perfect setup/backstory for an 80’s slasher throwback flick set on Thanksgiving.

So ten years later, let me be the one to come right out and say it: Please, Eli Roth, make Thanksgiving. Please. Every horror fan in the world would thank you. Forever.


We’ll make sure to update this article in another ten years.

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Charles Manson Has Died: These Are the Victims of His Murderous Cult



Sharon Tate

Yesterday brought the news that famed cult leader Charles Manson had passed away at the age of 83. He passed away from natural causes after spending the last 48 years in jail. While he was supposedly never present at any of the murders caused by his “family”, he was convicted of ordering the deaths of several people and sending his followers to commit the horrible acts.

But let us not dwell upon him anymore. Another psychopath passes on and we should continue about our lives. That being said, instead of discussing him any more, I think we need to take this time to say the names of the victims of Manson and his “family”:

Abigail Folger
Wojciech Frykowski
Gary Hinman
Leno LaBianca
Rosemary LaBianca
Steven Parent
Jay Sebring
Donald Shea
Sharon Tate

These people were each taken from this world too soon, robbed of their lives by those who wished to start a “Helter Skelter” race war. They had families. They were sons, daughters, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers… They were innocent people who were murdered by the worst of the worst.

Today, I do not mourn the death of Charles Manson. Rather, I mourn again the death of nine people who had yet to experience and offer all that life brings. I mourn the death of Sharon Tate’s unborn child, who never even got to breathe the same air we breathe now. I feel saddened by the devastating impact that these murders had upon their families, a pain still felt to this day.

Rest in peace to the victims of a man who wanted to incite war and cause divisiveness. May his passing bring you some semblance of peace. And may we forget his name as quickly as possible.

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This Valentine’s Day Experience the Death of Love



On the hunt for a new comic and like a bit of humor with your horror? Then the upcoming Death of Love from Image Comics should be right up your alley! Dealing with a broken heart? Even better!

Writer Justin Jordan (The Family Trade, Spread) teams up with artist Donal DeLay (You are Not Alone, My Geek Family), colorist Omar Estévez (Heavy Metal Magazine, Batman ‘66), and letterer Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Vertigo Quarterly) for the least romantic Valentine’s comic ever: Death of Love.

“Love is funny. Chainsaws are funny. Love AND chainsaws, therefore, is gonna be super funny,” says Jordan. “Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to see Cupid torn apart in increasingly hilarious ways, this is definitely the comic for you.”

“I just want everyone to laugh the same way they would watching Army of Darkness or This Is the End,” added DeLay.

Issue #1 arrives on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) next year, and we have a preview of several pages to share below.

Love sucks. And Philo Harris is going to do something about it.

After a particularly bad, drunken decision, Philo gains the ability to see the Cupidae, the creatures responsible for all the love in the world, and declares war on love itself. With a chainsaw.

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