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It was during the 2011 Comic-Con that the kick-ass trailer for Knights of Badassdom first appeared, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting the film’s release ever since. What’s the holdup? A rather interesting article on just that subject has appeared online, and we have the highlights here!

John Couture of VideoETA did some digging as to why the only info available regarding the film’s release has been a very vague “coming soon” for months, which, considering the star power involved with the film (it stars the currently red-hot Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones,” Ryan Kwanten from “True Blood,” and fanboy favorite Summer Glau), seems pretty absurd.

An Update and Possible Release Info on Joe Lynch's Knights of Badassdom

First he reached out via Twitter to the director, Joe Lynch, who could only say: “Nothing more than “Coming Soon”, sorry! But feel free to contact IndieVest Pictures, it’s in their hands.” Next he turned to Knights of Badassdom producing partner North by Northwest Entertainment, contacting Brad Harland, the CFO of North by Northwest. Sadly, Harland’s response echoed the statement from Joe. North by Northwest Entertainment’s involvement in the picture was limited to production, and the only ones that knew about the status of the film was IndieVest.

Who is IndieVest? Here’s where the waters get a bit murky. An anonymous complaint showed up on the Ripoff Report website that claimed to be from a financial backer of IndieVest. Basically it claimed that the powers in charge of IndieVest were creating a shell company called Media Society so that they could release Knights of Badassdom under that label and stiff the original financial backers of the film with IndieVest.

Backing up a bit, here’s IndieVest’s involvement with Knights of Badassdom: IndieVest is a company that allows individuals to invest in select independent films that they curate. On their “Team Page” IndieVest lists actors Liev Schreiber, Don Cheadle, Tim Blake Nelson, and Mike Binder as being on their “IndieVest Pictures Advisor Board.” Knights of Badassdom is the second film that IndieVest has produced.

So of course John endeavored to get in touch with IndieVest directly in order to get a status update, but his emails to the general contact email addresses on their website went unanswered. He decided to give them a call; it was answered on the second ring. “Media Society,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. John asked if he’d reached IndieVest, and the person who answered assured him that it was indeed the number for both Media Society and IndieVest. As it turns out, the voice on the other end of the line was none other than IndieVest Founder and CEO Wade Bradley, who explained that his new venture, Media Society, was gearing up for its big debut.

The Media Society website went live on September 1st, and the same four people featured on the IndieVest site are listed on Media Society’s site: Wade Bradley, Will Mayall, Jeremy Kopp, and Helen Rosenberg. There is no mention of IndieVest, but they do refer to FilmVest Studios.

Now comes the part we’ve all been waiting for: According to Bradley, Knights of Badassdom is going to be released theatrically in “the first half of 2013.” When pressed for specifics on the release strategy (limited vs. wide release, etc.), he said that the results from test screenings would dictate how wide of a release it would ultimately get. That being said, he was confident that the film would test well and get a proper theatrical release. He said, “The fans will be well-rewarded for their wait,” but they made a conscious decision not to actively engage the fans [up to this point], instead choosing to let the finished product speak for itself – whenever that may be.

As for the reason for the wait, Bradley stated that the film was still in post-production and wasn’t finished yet. To that end, he did reveal that Daniel Heffner was brought in recently to work on the film. Heffner is best known for producing and executive producing the Saw franchise of films.

Related Story: New Knights of Badassdom Imagery!

Bradley additionally talked a bit about a documentary that is currently in production called Men in Suits, which interviews the men and women who don (or donned) the suits in some of our favorite monster films. In relation to Knights of Badassdom, the documentary includes Douglas Tait, who plays the creature Abominog in the film. They followed Tait from the earliest suit fitting up until the first night of shooting. As for whether we might see any of the footage that was shot of Douglas Tait for Men in Suits on the eventual Knights of Badassdom DVD or Blu-ray, Bradley said that they have had “some discussions” about it. Below is a clip from the Men in Suits Kickstarter page called “First Fitting,” which features Tait having his first fitting in the Abominog suit.

Men in Suits will have its cast and crew screening in October at Son of Monsterpalooza with the DVD release to follow thereafter. For more info on that as well as the full article on VideoETA, be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page.

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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.

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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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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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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!

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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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