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The second wave of films playing this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, has been announced, and all we can say is start packing your bags right now!

From the Press Release:
Two of the fall season’s most anticipated genre films, sci-fi actioner Looper and supernatural horror Sinister, are coming to Fantastic Fest along with a wide array of mind-boggling/bending/warping films from around the world. The lineup also includes the world premieres of The American Scream, from the filmmaking team behind Best Worst Movie, and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, introduced by stars Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren. Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

THE ABCs OF DEATH (2012)
US Premiere with multiple directors in person
Director – Various, 110 min
Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. Co-produced by Drafthouse Films, and finally ready to be unleashed-see what happens when you give more than two dozen of the most brilliant filmmakers from around the world free reign to indulge their creative impulses and black humor. From A to Z, it’s got something for every genre fan and is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

THE AMERICAN SCREAM (2012)
World Premiere with director Michael Paul Stephenson and stars Manny Souza and Victor Bariteauin person
Director – Michael Paul Stephenson, 81min
In a small Massachusetts community, three Halloween-obsessed households transform into neighbor-terrifying supernatural wonderlands in this surprisingly touching documentary from the director of BEST WORST MOVIE.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The American Scream

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The American Scream

COLD BLOODED (2012)
Regional Premiere with director Jason LaPeyre in person
Director – Jason LaPeyre, 86min
Things quickly spiral out of control when a policewoman must protect her recently comatose suspect from a violent crime boss who has cornered them in an isolated hospital wing.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Blooded

COLD STEEL (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director – David Wu, 107min
After 17 years spent directing television series in North America, director David Wu (a longtime collaborator of John Woo) returns to his native China to deliver the heart-pounding World War II epic COLD STEEL.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Cold Steel

DOOMSDAY BOOK (2012)
Austin Premiere
Director – Kim Jee-woon and Yim Pil-sung, 113min
Innovative Korean genre directors Kim Ji-Woon (A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WEIRD, I SAW THE DEVIL) and Yim Pil-Sung (HANSEL & GRETEL) turn their imaginations to apocalyptic sci-fi with this three-part omnibus film which outlines three possible ways in which the world goes kaput.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Doomsday Book

GRACELAND (2012)
Texas Premiere with director Ron Morales and producers Theo Brooks and Joshua Sobel in person
Director – Ron Morales, 84min
When a driver for a powerful congressman picks up his and his boss’ daughters from school, he’s annoyed to find himself being pulled over. But this alleged cop, far from an officer of the law, sets in motion a downward spiral of kidnapping, murder, deceit and deep depravity.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Graceland

HENGE + THE BIG GUN (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Hajime Ohata, 106min
A double shot from Japanese up-and-comer Hajime Ohata. Blending elements of Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinya Tsukamoto with just the right amount of kaiju monster battles, Ohata is quickly building a reputation as one of Japan’s brightest new talents.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Henge + The Big Gun

HERE COMES THE DEVIL (2012)
US Premiere with director Adrián García Bogliano in person
Director – Adrián García Bogliano, 97min
Fantastic Fest veteran Adrián García Bogliano (COLD SWEAT, PENUMBRA) returns with his latest supernatural horror. When two children who went missing while exploring a cave are found, it quickly becomes apparent something evil has come home with them.

HOLY MOTORS (2012)
North American Premiere
Director – Leos Carax, 116min
While following a day in the life of Mr. Oscar as he attends several appointments, things quickly unravel and spiral out of control, abandoning all sense of logic or sanity. Fans of Carax’s ‘Mierde’ segment of Fantastic Fest 2008 hit TOKYO! will be right back at home.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Holy Motors

LOOPER (2012)
Special screening with director Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in person
Director – Rian Johnson, 118 min
In the futuristic action thriller LOOPER, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination. The film, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt, is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Looper

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Looper

MY AMITYVILLE HORROR (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Eric Walter, 88min
You’ve seen the movie; now hear the story of the Amityville haunting from someone who lived it. Regardless of the source, it’s clear there was darkness in that Long Island house.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - My Amityville Horror

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - My Amityville Horror

NEW KIDS NITRO (2012)
US Premiere with cast Huub Smit, Wesley van Gaalen, Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil
Director – Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil, 78min
In 2011, NEW KIDS TURBO rocked Fantastic Fest audiences with its potent brand of Dutch gross-out humor. Now, Fantastic Fest is proud to present the highly anticipated-and very offensive-sequel: NEW KIDS NITRO.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - New Kids Nitro

NO REST FOR THE WICKED (2012)
Regional Premiere
Director – Enrique Urbizu, 104min
A dirty cop who tries to cover up a crime stumbles upon a massive criminal conspiracy. NO REST FOR THE WICKED swept the Spanish Goya awards this year with an electrifying performance by lead actor José Coronado.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - No Rest for the Wicked

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - No Rest for the Wicked

OUTRAGE BEYOND (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Takeshi Kitano, 112min
As Japanese police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as internal strife in director Takeshi Kitano’s OUTRAGE has now become a nationwide war in his latest film OUTRAGE BEYOND.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Outrage Beyond

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Outrage Beyond

SINISTER (2012)
Special screening with director Scott Derrickson, producer Jason Blum and writer C. Robert Cargill in person
Director – Scott Derrickson, 110 min
SINISTER is a frightening new thriller about a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Sinister

UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2012)
World Premiere with Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins in person
Director – John Hyams, 93 min
Surviving Unisols Luc Deveraux and Andrew Scott battle anarchy to build a new order ruled by Unisols without government oversight. To accomplish this, they weed out the weak and constantly test their strongest warriors in brutal, life-and-death combat.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

VANISHING WAVES (2012)
US Premiere
Director – Kristina Buozyte, 124min
A scientist with a neurological research team volunteers to experiment with a new technology which will allow him to access the thoughts of a coma victim.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - Vanishing Waves

THE WARPED FOREST (2011)
US Premiere
Director – Shunichiro Miki, 81min
Shunichiro Miki delivers a shot of utter madness. Penis guns! Nipple monsters! A giant girl running a very small shop! This quasi-sequel to THE FUNKY FOREST more than lives up to the weird factor of its predecessor.

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Fantastic Fest 2012: Second Wave of Films Announced - The Warped Forest

Look for more film and event programming announcements for Fantastic Fest in the weeks ahead.

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Joe Dante’s Matinee Starring John Goodman Blu-ray Special Features Announced!

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One of my favorite childhood movies was director Joe Dante’s Matinee starring John Goodman. I watched the flick all the time and still make sure to give it a peep as often as I can. In fact, I just rewatched the movie last month. Still holds up too!

As I’ve grown up and watched more horror movies, I have come to call this film “Popcorn for the whole family.” And visa versa, have labeled Popcorn as“Matinee for the 80’s slasher crowd.” Both of these statements as completely apt by the way.

It is with this love of the film in mind that I wanted to make sure to pass along the news that Shout! Factory is planning to release Matinee on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray January 9th, 2018. And it is a beauty.

You can check out the full list of special features below along with the Collector’s Edition cover art. Then make sure to let us know what you think of Matinee below!

Matinee hits Collector’s Edition Blu-ray via Shout! Factory January 9th, 2018!

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the William Castle-inspired movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey, who brings his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.

It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.

Bonus Features:

NEW Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante

NEW The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty

NEW MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant

NEW Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub

NEW Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler

NEW The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey

NEW Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora

Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film

MANT! – The Full-Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante

Vintage Making-Of Featurette

Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante

Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint

Still Galleries

Theatrical Trailer

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Exclusive: P.J. Starks Talks Volumes of Blood 3

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One of our favorite low-budget horror anthologies here at Dread Central is producer P.J. Stark’s Volumes of Blood (review). If you haven’t seen the film, get on it asap.

The film’s sequel Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (review) was also good horror times, and we would recommend that flick as much as – if not more – than the original.

It is with this in mind, all of us here at Dread Central are counting down the days until the release of the third (and final?) entry in the series, which is currently going by the killer title Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3.

While the new film is still in the scripting stages, we had a chance to speak with creator and producer P.J. Starks this weekend, and he dropped all types of new info on the film, including how many stories the new film will present, and what we can expect.

Mainly that Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3 may very well be the final chapter in the series, but a host of spin-offs are still very much a possibility.

You can read our quick interview with Starks below and then make sure to let us know what you think of the Volumes of Blood series in the comments below!

Dread Central: What can we expect from the third entry?

P.J. Starks: Eric and I want the third film to be everything fans of the first two films appreciate and more. The set pieces are larger, the stories are even stronger than in the previous two installments and the body count is probably the largest I know for any independent production. We wanted to really go out with a bang and I feel the script we’ve collaborated on will make good on that.

DC: How many stories will be included in this installment?

Starks: We’re going back to the basics with five stories. We’ve tossed around the idea of doing a sixth possible story, but nothing is set in stone. We don’t want to bog down audiences with too much. There’s a progressive story unfolding over two films already, so we’re being careful not to convolute things. We’re working hard to bring, what I’ve been calling the “Volumes of Blood Anthrillogy” to a smart and entertaining finale.

DC: Is it actually the final chapter?

Starks: Never say never. Right? We do have potential spin-offs planned. As for this being the nail in the coffin of an ongoing story arch, absolutely. I think that’s what separates our series from so many other anthologies. It’s not just a series of random shorts plucked off YouTube with some loose connective tissue. It’s a fun ride, but you still have to pay attention to details and follow the larger narrative developing. Wrap around segments tend to be throw away material, but that was never the intention on VOB.

Nice! Again we are all looking forward to the third entry in the VOB series and any spin-offs that may occur. The possibilities are f*cking endless. Bring ’em on!

Until we have further info on just when Devil’s Night: Volumes of Blood 3 will hit, you can always buy the first two Volumes of Blood flicks on Blu-ray HERE and HERE.

Thanks for chatting with us, P.J.!

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Read Darren Aronofsky’s Screenplay for mother!

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This past year we saw the release of writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (review) a film that was controversial, to say the least. Some loved it, others loathed it.

And speaking of mother!, Aronofsky has said before that he wrote the movie in a mere 5 days (!) and today we have the film’s screenplay for you to download. Paramount released it officially a few weeks back and I say it’s worth the download and the read.

Especially if you fancy yourself as a screenwriter, like me.

What I found most interesting about Aronofsky’s script is that he forgoes typical sluglines. Instead, he jumps from location to location, without any uses of INT./EXT. or DAY/NIGHT. For instance, instead of writing:

INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – DAY, he just writes: LIVING ROOM.

Interesting approach.

You can download the screenplay for mother! right here.

After giving the script a read through, hit me up in the comments below and let’s start a dialogue about the screenplay, the format, the structure, and the finished film in general if you’d like. I’m big into the craft of screenwriting so let’s talk about it!

The film is written & directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris.

mother! hits Digital HD Dec. 5 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs Dec. 19.

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.’.

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