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The CW President Mark Pedowitz Offers Updates on Battle Royale, Supernatural, The Selection, and MoreThe Television Critics Association’s summer press tour is under way, and The CW’s president Mark Pedowitz has shed more light on new projects “The Selection” and “Battle Royale” along with passing on some news that should make “Supernatural” fans happy.

First things first: Pedowitz said that Misha Collins (aka everyone’s favorite angel Castiel) is signed for a minimum of eight episodes of “Supernatural” Season 8, which begins airing on Wednesday nights beginning October 3rd.

With regard to the cancelled Sarah Michelle Gellar series “Ringer”, Pedowitz noted that “22 episodes a season may be too many” for a heavily serialized drama (the new CW series “Cult” will have a 13-episode first season), but keep the faith, “Buffy” fans; The CW has invited Gellar to come back to the network as an actress or producer.

Last season the network developed the Hunger Games-esque “The Selection”, an adaptation of Kiera Cass’ book. The project went to pilot but didn’t make the cut to series. “I’m a big believer (in the concept)”, said Pedowitz. “The producers did a very good job, but it wasn’t where we wanted to be tone-wise, we wanted it to have a Hunger Games/’Game of Thrones’-type tone.” Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who wrote the original pilot, are back rewriting it.

As for that series version of the 2000 cult Japanese movie Battle Royale we reported on a few days ago, Pedowitz stressed that talks are very preliminary. Asked about the rationale behind going after such a violent premise involving school-age kids shooting and killing other kids, especially in the current environment, Pedowitz said, “We’re not planning anything that we cannot get on the air; we won’t go in that direction.” [Whatever that means!]

Regarding Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, which stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day and will make its television debut on The CW on Tuesday, October 9th, Pedowitz admitted he was proactive and reached out to Whedon after first trying to acquire the rights to the online musical when he ran ABC Studios.

Lastly, he provided those assembled for the TCA event with a few laughs as follows:

Q: Why didn’t “The Secret Circle” connect like “The Vampire Diaries” did?
A: Not enough good-looking men, not enough sense of humor. Women do love men.

Q: Did The CW pass on its zombie project because zombies are too gross for broadcast TV?
A: The CW dead look a lot better than those on “The Walking Dead”. You can’t believe how good they look.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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