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Dread Central Visits the Set of Chiller's Dead SoulsRecently Dread Central was lucky enough to travel to the quiet town of Canterbury, Connecticut, to visit the set of the upcoming Chiller original production Dead Souls. The film, scheduled to hit the television airwaves in October, was directed by Colin Theys and boasts the one and only Bill Moseley amongst the impressive cast.

Upon arriving at the set, one thing was abundantly clear: The production team that sought to find a location to be used as a haunted house was incredibly effective. The abandoned farmhouse used in Dead Souls was incredibly creepy. Add to that the fact that a scraggly bearded Bill Moseley was sitting on a rock outside the barn as you walked up the driveway, and the creep factor of this place goes through the roof!

Moseley spoke on working with the Dead Souls cast and crew. “They really know their stuff,” Moseley said. “I think Colin [Theys] is a really cool director. There are a lot of great young horror outfits just starting out in the business, having just done their second or third film…like rock bands that regionally play bars. It’s cool to be part of a young production, knowing that they’ve got great places to go. They get their licks down and learn their chops, and who knows what they’re going to come up with next.”

Director Theys, who was also at the helm for Chiller’s previous original production, Steve Niles’ Remains, gave us his impression of the project. “Dead Souls is a great experience on set,” Theys said. “It was fun to be able to shoot more of a classic horror film than we’ve done before at Synthetic Cinema International. Location factors so heavily into a haunted house film, and we really put a lot of time and effort into creating a setting that would help set the creepy tone I was trying to build.”

In addition to Moseley, the cast featured Jesse James (The Amityville Horror, The Flyboys), Magda Apanowicz (The Butterfly Effect), Geraldine Hughes (Rocky Balboa, Gran Torino), Noah Fleiss (Brick) and Jaiden Kaine (Hellbenders). Theys talked about the players he was directing. “It was great to work with such a strong cast. All of our leads were talented, experienced performers with great attitudes, which made for an easygoing set and a collaborative attitude. Bill’s character had a lot of explaining to do so it was important to find a skilled actor for the part to help keep those explanatory moments interesting. Everyone on set was excited to be working on the movie so when it inevitably came time for the blood to start flying, the cast was ready to roll in the dirt, jump on cars, get dragged across the floor, crucified, and generally have a good time.”

The man responsible for making that blood fly was F/X artist Brian Spears (Stake Land, The Innkeepers). Spears talked about what type of effects were needed for Dead Souls. “Basically, it’s a ghost story. I’m handling the ghosts. There’s a little bit of gore. I guess tasteful gore. Nothing outlandish, but there’s definitely some blood and gags,” Spears said. “But my main priority and the reason I took the job are the ghosts. What’s great about this film is Colin comes from a visual effects background so we’re going to pool our strengths. On my end, I’ve definitely done more effects-heavy films; this is more character driven, but there’s definitely enough gore for our fan base. It’s there when it’s needed. It’s punctuation.”

Dead Souls was adapted for the screen by John Doolan from a novel by Bram Stoker Award finalist Michael Laimo. Keep an eye on Chiller this fall to see the haunted tale.

Synopsis
On his 18th birthday Johnny Petrie learns he was adopted when he inherits a farm in Maine, abandoned for the 18 years since his natural family died at the hands of his father, the local preacher. Eager for a new life, he leaves home to start over in his new dwelling. However, as he digs into his past, he soon uncovers the horrifying details of his father’s questionable teachings. In a frightening revelation, he also learns that his return has revived decades-old forces trapped in the home and sets in motion a heart-stopping finale to a ritual that already claimed the lives of his family.

Dread Central Visits the Set of Chiller's Dead Souls

Dread Central Visits the Set of Chiller's Dead Souls

Dread Central Visits the Set of Chiller's Dead Souls

Dread Central Visits the Set of Chiller's Dead Souls

Dread Central Visits the Set of Chiller's Dead Souls

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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