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One of the finest actresses working in independent film these days has to be Anessa Ramsey, who stole genre fans’ hearts a few years back as Mya in the psychological thriller The Signal, which debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Since then, she’s gone on to co-star in another mind-bending horror flick called YellowBrickRoad that premiered at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival and also worked on projects outside the genre including The 5th Quarter and the Footloose remake.

Now Ramsey is set to return to the horror world with first-time feature filmmaker Padraig Reynolds’ film Rites of Spring, which will hit selected theaters this Friday, July 27th. The heist caper meets creature feature has been described as a ‘genre-bending mash-up’ akin to From Dusk Till Dawn and for very good reason- just when you think you’ve settled into one of Reynolds’ creepy worlds, he comes at you out of nowhere with something completely different and keeps you on your toes from start to finish.

Without a doubt, Rites of Spring will have the fans talking for some time.

In anticipation of the film’s upcoming release, Dread Central recently had the chance to briefly chat with Ramsey about the project and what attracted her it. We also hear from the actress about the challenges of playing this kind of a physical role (she loses her shoes before the credits even begin rolling) and her thoughts on Reynolds’ plans for a Rites of Spring trilogy as well.

Check out our interview with Ramsey below, and look for more on Rites of Spring soon!

Star Anessa Ramsey Talks Flawed Heroines, Trilogy Plans and More for Rites of Spring

Dread Central: Can you tell us how you got involved with this project and what attracted you to the role of Rachel?

Anessa Ramsey: Padraig, the director, was a fan of The Signal and he just sent me the script one day. I really loved it and I loved that Rachel wasn’t like the other roles I’ve done in the horror genre before so that was really appealing for me. I also really enjoyed that there were these two stories converging together, which was something I hadn’t seen done a lot before either. I think creature features are a lot of fun and since I hadn’t done one before, I was happy to get a chance to on this.

Dread Central: I thought it was interesting that she wasn’t your typical ‘final girl’- she had some baggage which I thought was a nice touch to the character.

Anessa Ramsey: Yeah, I liked that about Rachel; I liked that she was flawed. I think it makes her more relatable. She shows remorse for her actions at the beginning of the movie, she knows she screwed up and wants to fix it, but of course, now all this (events of the movie) happens and suddenly she has to become somewhat of a hero and that’s interesting to me.

Dread Central: Did you have any reservations about the physical aspects of this role; it seems like every time we see you in a horror movie, you’re being tormented in some horrible fashion.

Anessa Ramsey: You know, I have to admit I’m kind of longing to do a romantic comedy soon (laughs); no, but seriously, they weren’t going to let me do my own stunts so I had to talk them into it. I worked with our stunt coordinator out of Black Knight Stunts who just let me play around and eventually they saw that I could handle myself so Padraig then gave me the okay to do my own stunts. I have a dance and acrobatics background so the moves themselves weren’t that challenging, it was mostly the running around for most of the shoot without shoes on that was a huge challenge. And it wasn’t like I was just running around the forest in bare feet- I was running around the barn, the farm, the corn fields, the abandoned school- there was a lot of running. So I think I’m done with barefoot shoots for now (laughs).

Dread Central: Did Padraig give you any insight into the rites themselves since they are left wide open for interpretation in his film?

Anessa Ramsey: Just a little bit; I liked being a bit in the dark though. I don’t think I really wanted to know what they were or what they stood for. Of course there is the stuff in the script, but a lot was still left unexplained for us which I thought was cool- like Padraig wouldn’t give us the meaning behind the animal heads but he had his reasons. And plus, not knowing just makes the most sense when it comes to my character so it was better that I was left in the dark.

Dread Central: Padraig mentioned to me in his interview that he is planning on this story to become a trilogy; is that something he’s spoken to you about at all? He mentioned something about seeing your character in the sequel but wouldn’t say anything more.

Anessa Ramsey: Oh yeah, definitely; when I signed on, he mentioned that he wanted this to become a trilogy and that at the very least I’d be in the second film. But I am excited to get bloody and dirty again for him if everything goes through; I know that there’s some script changes happening now but that’s all. But I would definitely love to work with Padraig and play Rachel again; I love that he’s bending the genre in such great ways like this.

Star Anessa Ramsey Talks Flawed Heroines, Trilogy Plans and More for Rites of Spring

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3



“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.


A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie



One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review



Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith

I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

  • Trick or Treat (1986) 3.5


Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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