Rest in Peace: Phyllis Diller - Dread Central
Connect with us

Rest in Peace: Phyllis Diller



Post Thumb:


Rest in Peace: Phyllis DillerWhen it comes to careers in showbiz, few actors can say that they have done and seen as much as the legendary Phyllis Diller, who was actively working in the business until she was ninety-one years old. Sadly, she’s passed away, and we’d like to take this time to honor her memory.

While most people will remember Diller for her sense of humor and insane hair, the funny lady didn’t mind dipping her toe into the horror genre at all, playing parts in the little seen zombie kid classic The Boneyard as well as Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery” and “Tales from the Darkside.” We, however, especially this writer, will always love her for lending her voice talents to one of the all time classic children’s horror films, Rankin and Bass’ timeless 1967 film Mad Monster Party.

Phyllis passed away today at the fine old age of ninety-five. “She died peacefully in her sleep and with a smile on her face,” her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, told The Associated Press.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to wish Diller’s friends, family, and constituents our deepest of condolences.

To quote a line from Diller’s song from Mad Monster Party, “You’re Different”…

You’re different, and you know that’s what I like about you!” That’s what we LOVED about you, Phyllis. Rest in peace and thanks for all of the smiles.

Got news? Click here to submit it!
Discuss her legacy in the comments section below!

Image Type 1:




Blood Feast Remake Embarking on Unrated Theatrical Run; Attend the Premiere for Free!



Horror fans were justifiably disappointed when the MPAA refused to award Marcel Walz’s Blood Feast remake an R rating and required the filmmaker to excise about 4 minutes from the finished product, which is how the movie was released on Blu-ray by Hannover House. But now Walz is taking matters into his own hands, and the UNRATED version of the film will be embarking on a nationwide theatrical roll-out, starting with a red carpet premiere on April 6th in Los Angeles.

Walz told us, “We found a way to bring the unrated version to the theaters! I know horror fans want to see the unrated version, and I was looking for a way to show them every single blood drop! That’s the reason why it took so long.”

The premiere is happening at the Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle, 8556 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The carpet festivities begin at 7:00 pm, and the film starts at 7:30 pm.  Click here for more info and to RSVP, and click here for FREE tickets.  Blood Feast‘s nationwide theatrical release kicks off a week later on April 13th.

The official Blood Feast remake (review) was directed by acclaimed German director Marcel Walz and features an impressive cast – including an appearance by the 90-year-old Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmed shortly before his death. Other cast members include Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sadie Katz (Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort), and Sophie Monk (The Hills Run Red).

Fuad Ramses (Rusler) and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he is repeatedly drawn to a statue representing the seductive ancient goddess Ishtar (Katz). He becomes more and more allured by the goddess as she speaks to him in visions. Eventually he succumbs to her deadly charms.

After this pivotal night, Fuad begins a new life, in which murder and cannibalism become his daily bread. He starts to prepare a ritual feast to honor his new mistress, a lavish affair dripping with blood, organs, and intestines of human victims. As butchered bodies are heaped upon the Altar of Ishtar, Fuad slowly slips further into madness until he is no more than the goddess’ puppet; and she thirsts for the blood of Fuad’s wife and daughter too…


Continue Reading


Pyewacket Review – Be Careful What You Wish For



Starring Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose

Written and directed by Adam MacDonald

Part family drama and part supernatural horror, Adam MacDonald’s second feature, Pyewacket, shows what happens when a morbid curiosity with the occult becomes a terrifying pact that can’t be undone. After MacDonald’s last film, Backcountry, based on a true story of a brutal bear attack, warned us not to go into the woods, the director returns to the great outdoors to introduce us to an even greater force of nature: demons. Mixed with a dab of heavy metal teen angst along with a healthy dose of disenfranchised youth, Pyewacket keeps adding ingredients to form a dangerous potion that eventually conjures up an unthinkable evil.

Irrevocably damaged from the death of her father, Leah (Muñoz) finds solace in death metal and spell books as she tries to cope with her grief and deal with her inconsolable mother (Holden), who’s quickly becoming more and more abusive as the lonely nights begin to take their toll. When Mom suddenly uproots them upstate to a remote cabin to get her away from the bad crowd she’s fallen in with, Leah rashly decides to run into the woods to perform an evocation spell in hopes that the Pyewacket witch will do away with her mother. Unfortunately, even after the two make up the next day, it’s too late to put the lid back on and close the portal that Leah has just opened.

Once the inevitability of doom sets in, MacDonald slowly ratchets up the feeling of dread through Leah’s gradual realization that something is lurking just out of frame or crawling around outside in the pitch black night. Of course, she could be letting her imagination get the better of her; but something is telling her (and us) that she may have, in fact, awakened something blackhearted and ancient. Through Leah’s increased paranoia of what’s to come, there’s a palpable sense of evil that MacDonald and Muñoz create through his direction and her increasingly unhinged performance.

The real standout here is Laurie Holden, who changes from a grieving widow to an abusive, calculating mother with such effectiveness that it’s easy to understand why her daughter wants to get her out of the picture. Then, in other more sensitive scenes, she’s loving and affectionate, giving a glimpse of who she was before the tragedy and how much healthier their old relationship used to be. It’s in the third act, however, when Holden is surprisingly frightening in some bone-chilling scenes where she’s more witch than mother.

Speaking of the witch (and yes, you will come face-to-face with one), the cat-like contortions of dancer Bianca Melchior give life to Pyewacket. Her slinky moves and the way MacDonald films her are absolutely inspired by the spirits of J-horror classics like The Grudge but still feel vibrant and fit into this particular story. There’s a subtle build to the final scenes, and the witch never steps out of line with the pace that’s been established already; she’s menacing but never over-the-top.

Whether it’s a tumultuous family relationship or seeing a group of Goth kids trying to cope with high school, there’s a lot to relate to here if you were a troubled kid or just an outsider growing up. What’s most compelling about Pyewacket is how it walks right up to the line of what’s acceptable behavior when dealing with loss and then shows you the worse case scenario of what can happen when you step way over that line. It’s better to keep putting patches on your battle jacket instead of thinking you can pick a fight with something you can never defeat. The last moments of Pyewacket are unapologetically dark; but, then again, a happy ending isn’t very metal, is it?

Pyewacket is out TODAY in select theaters, on VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S.

  • Pyewacket


Pyewacket is a heavy metal cautionary tale.

User Rating 0 (0 votes)


Continue Reading


Is Nicolas Winding Refn’s Maniac Cop Remake Still Happening?



It’s been a while since we talked about the Nicolas Winding Refn produced remake of the William Lustig classic, Maniac Cop. But today we have word from the remake’s director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) that the film is still very much in the works.

…well, it’d seem like nothing’s happening, but actually quite a bit is happening with it,” Hyams tell Birth Movies Death. “We’ve been working on it for a few years now, with some starts and stops. But it is going to happen.”

He continues: “Right now, Nic Refn, our producer, who is an amazing filmmaker and a really great guy – he’s stuck by me this whole time and hasn’t let up, which I’m deeply thankful for and inspired by – is getting everything set. But between Ed Brubaker and myself, we are developing it, and it actually just took an interesting turn recently. This is all stuff I’m going to be able to talk about a little more in the coming months, but things are definitely coming together on it. Nicolas is doing his show for Amazon right now (Too Old To Die Young) but then after that and my own series, it is going to happen.”

Well, Hyams certainly seems optimistic about the film so let’s all give him the benefit of the doubt – even if the film perhaps never needs to be remade in the first place… but that’s neither here nor there at this point. We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Remake synopsis:

Set in the present, Maniac Cop follows a determined L.A. police officer who sets out to reveal the truth about the brutal murders of innocent people by one of her fellow cops.


Continue Reading

Go Ad Free!

Support Dread Central on Patreon!

Recent Comments


Join the Box of Dread Mailing List

* indicates required


Copyright © 2017 Dread Central Media LLC