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Toronto. There’s only one thing that can get me to make the trip to that fetid cesspool of drive-by shootings and yuppie scum, and that’s the annual Rue Morgue Festival of Fear. For the last three years everyone’s favorite horror mag has been putting on a Labor Day labor of love for Canadian horror fans as well as those Americans not afraid of making the snowmobile trip across the Border.

Past years have seen the hordes shuffle past such horror luminaries as Clive Barker, George Romero, Tom Savini, Bill Moseley, Doug Bradley, and Gunnar Hansen, along with a host of other less well known, but generally fascinating, guests. Like Rue Morgue magazine itself, the convention they put on is often an odd but intriguing mishmash of big-name horror sitting alongside the smaller, more anonymous denizens of the genre.

This year’s lineup is characteristically strange. The headliner of the festival is Alice Cooper, who, while no stranger to horror, isn’t exactly the type of guest all horror fans are dying to meet. I expect a much larger than normal presence of mullet-headed bangers sporting cut-off jean shorts and RATT t-shirts. Actually, I’m looking forward to having them there since gangly rockers make me feel safer around those scary anime kids…

The rest of this year’s lineup includes Karen Black, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Berryman, Roddy Piper, and Mike Mignola. All of these folks have solid genre cred, though some of them aren’t all that active anymore. The guest I’m most excited about is Jack Ketchum. The recent adaptation of The Lost (review) was lowdown celluloid nastiness, and with The Girl Next Door a few weeks into filming and Red in pre-production, there should be plenty of Ketchum movie news to be had.

The Festival of Fear runs from September 1-3 , so make sure to check back all weekend for coverage updates, and hit the fest’s official site for more details!

Andy Mauro

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Rest in Peace: Dolores O’Riordan

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Sad and shocking news has come in from the music world as Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has been found dead at the all too young age of just 46.

According to the Associated Press, the singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording. “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

London’s Metropolitan Police were summoned to a hotel just after 9:00 AM today. As of now her death is classified as “unexplained.”

During her career, O’Riordan provided music for the short film Z, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Evilenko, and many more films and television projects. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Dolores’ family members, friends, and constituents.

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Dread Central Presents’ Villmark Asylum is on Amazon Prime!

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Today marks a very exciting day for us here at Dread Central as Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum has hit Amazon Prime! This marks the first official release of a Dread Central Presents title and we can’t wait to hear what you all think! If you’ve got Amazon Prime, you can watch the film for free as part of your Prime subscription. Also, if you do check it out, we ask that you please leave a review on Amazon with your honest thoughts. If you hated it, let us know! If you loved it, great! Whatever your thoughts on the film might be, we want to know them.

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be hosting double feature screenings of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight and Turbo Kid later this month. You can find all details here.

Directed by Øie, Villmark Asylum stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Baard Owe.

Synopsis:
A crew of five hazardous waste workers are sent to a massive, abandoned sanatorium deep in the mountains. But their routine assignment takes a dark turn when they encounter the building’s terrifying past.

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Exclusive Delirium Clip Goes Running Through the ‘Net!

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Another horror flick has hit our radar called Delirium, and right now we have a slew of stuff for you to dig on including stills, the trailer, and yes, an exclusive clip! Dig it!

Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, Seth Austin, Ryan Pinkston, August Roads, and Elena Sanchez star in the flick from director Johnny Martin. Look for it on January 19th via Gravitas Ventures.

Synopsis:
A group of young men dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary house that is said to be haunted by the thirteen victims of a family massacre. In hopes of making a viral video, they arm him with a video camera to prove he was there or to capture him fleeing terror as others have.

When he doesn’t return, the guys must go in to get him. Inside the mansion they discover the truth about the family that died there, the fate of their friend, and what their own fates will be.

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