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Six years ago Dread Central opened its doors on July 4th, declaring our independence from those who were holding us back, and the lunatics have been running the asylum ever since. The road thus far has been winding and unpredictable, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

As always, I’d like to take this time to acknowledge the folks who keep the spooky coming by the bucketful. First, our foundation … The Foywonder, Andrew Kasch, Buz Wallick, Scott Johnson, Mr. Dark, Nomad, and Rick Trembles. These cats have been here since Day One and helped build this nuthouse brick by brick. Words alone cannot express how lucky we are to have each and every one of you. Your loyalty and support are proof positive it takes more than just blood to become family.

Then there are the cats who have been soldiering for several years – Heather Wixson, Brian Smith, Matt Fini, Sean Decker, Crix Lee, and Gareth Jones. The work that you guys have put in, the initiative that you all take, and the passion that you all have continues to inspire us to no end. The word “professional”l doesn’t even begin to cut it. You are valued, loved, and most of all respected. Thank you so fucking much.

This year we also introduced some new blood into the family… Doctor Gash, Amanda Dyar, Jinx, PopKelture, Aaron Williams, Alex DiVincenzo, Rob Delamorte, Molotov Cupcake, Brad McHargue, and JTMosh. We gave you guys the ball, and to say you have run with it is an understatement. Your effort makes us proud to call you family. We hope that you’re around for years and years to come as we are super lucky to have you.

A SUPER LOUD shout-out goes to our film festival contributors Serena Whitney, Kalebson, Evil Andy, Paul McCannibal, Esther Splett, and Pierre-Wolf. When thinking about you all the word important comes to mind. Thank you SO much for everything that you continue to do.

Then there are my direct partners in crime, the people who deserve far more accolades than they get … the backbone of the entire operation. Jon Condit, KW Low, and Debi Moore. Seriously? I’m pretty surprised you guys haven’t killed me yet. I’d be nowhere without you, and to say I love you really doesn’t even begin to cut it. However, if you are plotting my demise… well… who could blame you?!?

Finally a special nod to all who have been with us and went on to other things. You know who you are. You’ll never be forgotten.

That brings us to you guys… the reason we get up in the morning. Every one of you who have ever sat down and read a single word. The only reason we’re allowed to do what we do is because you let us. I promise we’ll never lose sight of that fact. Every bit of praise, every ounce of shit you give us (whether we deserve it or not) is completely respected. You are the key players in turning Dread Central into what it has become, and we’ll keep doing our thing as long as you keep coming back. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Much love, guys! You’re all rock stars! Thanks for six incredible years, and here’s to many more to come.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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