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See it bigger!August 25-27th saw Monster Mania 6 land deep in the heart of Cherry Hill, NJ. Since this particular event was dubbed the “Fan Appreciation Show,” horror freaks from all points on the globe flew in for the weekend, met up with long-time friends from horror forums, and partied their asses off.

As has become the new tradition, MM6 kicked off Thursday night with a meet and greet party that put fans shoulder-to-shoulder with the top names in the creep-out biz. Great food was followed by a live DJ so good he even compelled Kane Hodder to do the Electric Slide. Now there’s something worth the price of admission! This of course was just a warm-up for opening day, when all the insanity really begins.

See it bigger!Friday is generally seen as the “Mad Dash.” The object of the game is to collect as many of the autographs you’re gunning for before the place gets ridiculously packed on Saturday. This time around, it was no small task. The entry signing room alone contained the likes of Alex Vincent (Child’s Play), Angela Bettis (May), our very own Joe Knetter, and Sid Haig joined by Leslie Easterbrook (representing team Devil’s Rejects)! The Lost Boys reunion was in full force including Billy Wirth and Brooke McCarter (two of the four vamps), Jamison Newlander (the long lost Frog Brother), and Chance Michael Corbitt (aka Laddie aka evil Eddie Munster.)

Across the room, looking as if they wanted to rumble with the LB crew (or at least have a break dance competition), were some of your favorite Dream Warriors from Nightmare on Elm Street 3! See it bigger!Jennifer Rubin (Taryn minus her mohawk) was joined by Rodney Eastman (Joey) and Ken Sagoes (Kincaid). Not far from them were cast members of the punk rock cult favorite Return of the Living Dead, complete with Don Calfa (Ernie) and the one and only chainsaw aerobics instructor herself, Linnea Quigley (Trash).

Looking a bit out of place among the collection of our favorite punks, misfits, and high-haired bloodsuckers (and I’m not even talking about team Troma), sat Ernie Hudson (of Ghostbusters fame), smiling away as if it were just another day. With breaks to catch films introduced by cast members of various Friday the 13th installments, your day is pretty much done by now!

See it bigger!Saturday starts bright and early, most likely jumping into a line for one of the headliners of the show. If you didn’t take advantage of the looser crowd on Friday to go and get some claw marks from Robert Englund, that would be your first stop. The man is always very accommodating, and no matter how tired he may be, you’ll always get a “RAA!” face and a clawed hand pose from him for a photo.

Right next to Robert was the man who chewed bubblegum and kicked some ass in They Live: Rowdy Roddie Piper!! Fans tripped over themselves to meet the man in the kilt who came with such autograph combinations as 8×10 photo with piece of chewing gum or 8×10 photo with official They Live glasses. Priceless. See it bigger!Shawnee Smith (of the Saw series) greeted fans with a smile and a laugh, seeming to get a kick out of the crowd and their stories. Saturday also saw the arrival of Eddie Furlong (of T2 & Pet Semetary 2), who, when tossed a Dread Central t-shirt called back, “Rock and roll, man!” See? I told you we were fuckin’ punk rock! Heh.

The highlights of Saturday would have to be the panels, including just about every guest on hand, reuniting to talk about fighting Freddy with dream-induced super powers, following Kiefer Sutherland to dinner on the beach, and running from the unstoppable Jason Voorhees — or even just being him! Before one such Friday the 13th panel, the crowd was urged not to ask questions about former hockey mask wearers being replaced by others, as it is just pointless to dredge up such things between obviously friendly, great guys. As it is in every crowd, there had to be one bozo to ignore these wishes. See it bigger!Audience participation was at an all-time high when the loser who wouldn’t shut up was escorted out of the show to the tune of 100 horror fans singing, “Hey hey hey, gooodbyyyyye!!” That’s how we take care of the stars we love.

Sunday offered one last chance to snap up that super collectible and catch stars for a final autograph, so the main signing room was buzzing with action. In this room you could find Ari Lehman (the original Jason Voorhees) alongside Betsy Palmer (Momma V herself) and Erin Gray (Jason chasee and “Buck Rogers” hotty) next to Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason). See it bigger!With Kane Hodder, Steve Dash, and Richard Brooker littered around the room among half a dozen other Voorhees men, you could pretty much get every Friday poster you own signed by Jason and victim alike!

Of course Dread Central and Action-figure.com were in the middle of it all dishing out more posters than any 50 fans could carry home from films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Covenant, Silent Hill, and The Descent. Fans grabbed raffle tickets all day for a chance to snap up one of three episodes of Masters of Horror or Silent Hill on DVD, 12″ figures from Sideshow Toys, and Corpse Bride swag from McFarlane Toys, among the 90 prizes offered up all weekend.

See it bigger!With eye candy from SOTA’s Now Playing and Nightmares of Lovecraft line and Mezco’s Attack of the Living Dead zombie figures, I think it’s safe to say DC’s booth kicked mighty ass.

As the show drew to a close on Sunday night, vendors packed up their merch and celebs stopped by to exchange info, making sure we’d keep in touch. The horror fans we knew from shows past joined our boardies who show up at every damn event the world over, and the new people we met all weekend are now counted as our friends. We can’t wait to see you all again and spoil you rotten with the best of the best the world of horror has to offer. See you next time!

Special thanks to Anchor Bay, Sony, New Line, Lionsgate, Universal, Sideshow Toys, SOTA Toys, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys, Level 27 Clothing, the creators of Sullengrey, Cara and Dre (our excellent booth crew), and of course Dave Hagan and the gang from Monster Mania. It’s always a great time! Here’s some more photo lovin’ for ya; be sure to visit Monster Mania’s official site for info on the next show!

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Paramount’s Dating App Thriller Snags The Boy Next Door Screenwriter

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Are dating apps scary? Paramount sure hopes that’s the case as they have just hired screenwriter Barbara Curry (Blumhouse’s The Boy Next Door) to pen the upcoming “dramatic investigative thriller” Gasp.

Hiring Curry for this film makes a ton of sense being that before Curry was the screenwriter behind “dramatic investigative thrillers” she worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for ten years. Qualifications galore.

Deadline reports that Gasp is centered around a female detective investigating a killer who is targeting women via a dating app. Nice. Not only is that a super-timely and creepy plot for a flick, but the film is supposedly based on several true stories.

Heaven help us. I knew it. Stay away from those. Male or female. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Now while I’ve never had a bad experience (re: stalker) from a dating app that makes sense considering I never use them. Ever. I prefer the old-school method of sitting in my room alone typing horror news articles and letting the ladies come to me.

12% of the time, it works every time.

The film is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) is co-producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.

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

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“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.

Synopsis:

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

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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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