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ABC Family Reveals its 13 Nights of Halloween LineupWe know a lot of readers are the parents of budding young horror fans, and to help you plan a frighteningly fun Halloween season for your little rugrats (and yourselves, too), we have the full lineup of ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween, which runs October 19-31.

From the Press Release:
ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN for the 14th consecutive spine-tingling year, with programming filled with chills and thrills as you count down to Halloween. The popular programming event, starting Friday, October 19, and concluding on Wednesday, October 31, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” featuring special guest “glampire” Adam Lambert and the season finale of “Switched at Birth.” The stunt will also include the basic cable premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the ABC Family feature film premiere of Monster House and Poltergeist III and a massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

Night One – Friday, October 19
The 14th annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN kicks off with the sixth chilling installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1:00 – 4:30 PM ET/PT), where Harry must look into the past to help battle the monsters of the present. An evil spirit is resurrected and will stop at nothing to bring his love back to life in The Mummy (4:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then cap off the first night of Halloween mania with a double dose of those creepy and kooky members of The Addams Family (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by Addams Family Values (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Two – Saturday, October 20
The thrills start early with a special Halloween episode of Melissa and Joey (7:00 – 7:30 AM ET/PT), where Mel hears things that go bump in the night. Then conjure up even more Melissa Joan Hart in the spellbinding film Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT). A lonely boy finds an unlikely best friend in The Little Vampire (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), while a teenage girl decides to get in touch with her witchy side in Teen Witch (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT). Then you’ve found the golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka in the candy colored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT). Revisit the mischievous ways of the creepiest family around with back to back airings of The Addams Family (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then, if you dare, you have a date with the Sanderson sisters to watch their quest for immortal life and the 300 year-old cat that tries to spoil their plans in Hocus Pocus (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus chance to catch the sisters in dastardly action immediately after (10:00 PM -12:00 AM ET/PT). If you still haven’t had enough, jump down the rabbit hole to visit Alice in Wonderland and see Johnny Depp as a truly “Mad” Hatter (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Three – Sunday, October 21
Spend the day with a master of Halloween entertainment with back to back Tim Burton chills and thrills, starting with some haunting animated favorites. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (8:00 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) gets the scares started when Jack Skellington tries to shake up Halloweentown. Continue on with Coraline (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), the story of a little girl who realizes an idealized version of her unhappy home comes with its own secrets. Then it’s back to Burton when you’re invited to attend the spookiest wedding of the year in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT). Watch out for the Red Queen as you revisit the fantastical Wonderland in Alice in Wonderland (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) followed by a return to the world of Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (4:00 – 6:30 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to Halloweentown for another chance to see Jack Skellington create a scary Christmas in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (6:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Watch a young ghost couple battle with mortals for control of their house with the help of everyone’s favorite spook in Beetlejuice (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), then end your magical evening with the story of a young man with scissors for hands who tries to find his place in the world, in Edward Scissorhands (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Four – Monday, October 22
Halloween mania kicks off for the day with an encore presentation of the haunting story of Edward Scissorhands (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). The Kennish and Vasquez family celebrate fall on the first season finale of Switched at Birth (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then spend the evening with two of the most enchanting witches around, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, as they work to rid their family of an ancient curse in Practical Magic (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Take a walk down memory lane in Rosewood when Alison was queen bee and “A” first came out to play for Halloween on a special airing of last year’s Pretty Little Liars (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT) Halloween special episode.

Night Five – Tuesday, October 23
Watch out for a black hoodie because “A” is providing a full day of suspense and danger with a Pretty Little Liars marathon (7:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET/PT), featuring 14 back to back episodes filled with scary dolls, mysterious strangers, and chilling text messages. Then board the Ghost Train with the residents of Rosewood on a special brand new Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) featuring singer Adam Lambert. Watch the sinister Sanderson sisters cast their spells on Hocus Pocus (9:00 PM – 11:00 AM ET/PT) and relive Adam Lambert’s “glampire” and the rest of the Ghost Train frights on a bonus airing of the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special episode (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT).

ABC Family Reveals its 13 Nights of Halloween LineupNight Six – Wednesday, October 24
Revisit those wicked Sanderson sisters and their hauntingly evil plans for immortality in Hocus Pocus (5:00 – 7:00 PM, ET/PT). Zoinks! You better stock up on Scooby snacks, with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and watch the Scooby gang defeat evil doers’ dastardly plans.

Night Seven – Thursday, October 25
Watch the Mystery Inc. gang save Spooky Island in Scooby Doo (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Stop by The Haunted Mansion (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) where the spirited residents are “dying” to meet you. The spooktacular fun continues as three kids discover the scary house next door is actually alive and more dangerous than they ever imagined in the ABC Family premiere of Monster House (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Eight – Friday, October 26
Return, foolish mortals, to The Haunted Mansion (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT) and visit again with the “grim, grinning ghosts,” for spine-tingling fun! Go from a haunted house to a monstrous house in Monster House (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then wrap up the night with the story of a magical little girl who uses her extraordinary gifts to change her unhappy life in Matilda (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Nine – Saturday, October 27
Make sure you have plenty of Pixie dust with Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and Peter Pan in Hook (7:00 – 10:00 AM ET/PT). Then the Halloween hijinks kick in to high gear with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (12:00 – 2:00 PM ET/PT). Spend some more time with the kookiest, ookiest family on the block in The Addams Family (2:00 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to the most sinister house you’ll ever see in Monster House (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Head over to Monstropolis with Mike and Sulley for the scariest laughs ever in Disney•Pixar’s Monsters Inc. (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus airing immediately after (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT). And revisit Coraline (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT), a little girl who discovers the world she thought she wanted is more sinister than she thought.

Night Ten – Sunday, October 28
A day full of Halloween haunts begins with those meddling kids in the Scooby gang in Scooby Doo (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT). Drop in on Uncle Fester, Cousin It and the rest of gang in The Addams Family (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT) and stay to learn some Addams Family Values (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then get to know Matilda (3:30 – 5:30 PM ET/PT), a most magical little girl. The Sanderson sisters are back to wreak havoc with sinister spells in Hocus Pocus (5:30 – 7:30 PM ET/PT), make sure you don’t drink these witches’ brew. A young man learns not only is he magical, but he’s also the only one who can stop a thousand year old evil sorceress in the basic cable premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (7:30 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel. Then it’s another chance to watch Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as witchy sisters in an encore airing of Hocus Pocus (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Eleven – Monday, October 29
It’s a day full of sorcerers, magic, adventure and a really angry mummy, kicking off with a little girl who discovers how magical she is in Matilda (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then you have another chance to battle the forces of evil in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (3:30 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Take off on a thrilling ride with Mikey, Data, and Chunk as they search for One Eyed Willie’s treasure in The Goonies (6:00 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). Then if you can stand more spine-tingling chills, end your evening with The Mummy (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT), where an evil spirit will stop at nothing to resurrect his long ago love.

Night Twelve – Tuesday, October 30
They’re heeeerrrreee! A day of truly spine-tingling frights starts with back to back airings of the otherworldly battles between the Freeling family and some truly wicked spirits in Poltergeist (12:30 – 3:00 PM ET/PT), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and the ABC Family premiere of Poltergeist III (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then enter another world, the world of Tim Burton, with encore presentations of Edward Scissorhands (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Beetlejuice (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Thirteen – Wednesday, October 31
All Hallows Eve is upon us and promises to bring with it a treat bag full of fun, starting with the wacky shenanigans of Beetlejuice (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET/PT). Stay for the unusual story of a young man looking for his place in our strange world in Edward Scissorhands (1:00 – 3:00 PM ET/PT). It’s your last chance to hang out with Gomez, Morticia and their kooky crew in The Addams Family (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and learn some Addams Family Values (5:00 -7:00 PM ET/PT) of the frightening kind! The Halloween evening wraps up it’s spooktacularness when three witches promise to wreak havoc in Hocus Pocus (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus offering immediately after (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).

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Whatever Happened to Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

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Back in April of 2007, we all sat in our local darkened theater and watched as Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s exploitation double feature Grindhouse (review) blew the roof off the place for 3 hours straight.

Well, it’s ten years later, and I think we are all asking ourselves the same question: Where the hell is Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

Like every other human out there, I enjoyed both Tarantino and Rodriguez’s films – along with the fake trailers by Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright – but the big takeaway was Eli Roth’s faux trailer for the greatest 80’s slasher that never was.

So what happened to the feature?

Well, Roth was originally working on the feature back in 2007 after finishing his work helming Hostel: Part II, telling Cinema Blend:

“I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer,” Roth told the site. “And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.”

But then the planned film died out as Grindhouse flopped at the box-office. Following the film’s underperformance, all talks surrounding Edgar Wright and Eli Roth’s Grindhouse double feature spin-off were silenced in a single weekend.

In fact, the last update we received on the possible standalone Thanksgiving film was last year when Roth did a Reddit AMA, and said this about the film’s current development:

“Have a draft not totally happy with. I want to put some more work into it so the film lives up to the trailer. We have the story and mythology cracked so now it’s about getting the kills right.”

Nice. Seemed like the film was making some headway. Nothing to do but gut the T’s and cut the heads off the I’s. But then nothing happened. At all. No updates. No nothing.

With that in mind, we here at Dread Central decided to reach out to Roth personally and see if there were any new happenings in regards to the film. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach him so I guess we’ll all just have to keep wondering and waiting.

Maybe it’s the pressure he no doubt feels making the much loved faux trailer into a feature. After all, he did say this back in 2007: “No matter how many movies I make my whole life, that two-and-a-half minute trailer is what I’ll be remembered for: ‘Eli Roth — he had a guy fucking a turkey with a decapitated head on it.’”

Or maybe the rights to the film were just tied up with the now infamous Weinstein company. But with that company finally going under (thank God) maybe now the rights could be sold off to new producers and finally, we’ll see not only Thanksgiving but features based on Don’t and possibly even Werewolf Women of the S.S.

But I dream…

Until we get the full-length feature flick of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, we can always look back on the comments he made to Rolling Stone way back in April of 2007, in which he talked a bit about the Pilgrim’s backstory.

“My friend Jeff… we had the whole movie worked out,” Roth told the magazine. “A kid who’s in love with a turkey and then his father killed it and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town.”

Jesus, please us. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the f*cking perfect setup/backstory for an 80’s slasher throwback flick set on Thanksgiving.

So ten years later, let me be the one to come right out and say it: Please, Eli Roth, make Thanksgiving. Please. Every horror fan in the world would thank you. Forever.

Sigh…

We’ll make sure to update this article in another ten years.

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Charles Manson Has Died: These Are the Victims of His Murderous Cult

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Sharon Tate

Yesterday brought the news that famed cult leader Charles Manson had passed away at the age of 83. He passed away from natural causes after spending the last 48 years in jail. While he was supposedly never present at any of the murders caused by his “family”, he was convicted of ordering the deaths of several people and sending his followers to commit the horrible acts.

But let us not dwell upon him anymore. Another psychopath passes on and we should continue about our lives. That being said, instead of discussing him any more, I think we need to take this time to say the names of the victims of Manson and his “family”:

Abigail Folger
Wojciech Frykowski
Gary Hinman
Leno LaBianca
Rosemary LaBianca
Steven Parent
Jay Sebring
Donald Shea
Sharon Tate

These people were each taken from this world too soon, robbed of their lives by those who wished to start a “Helter Skelter” race war. They had families. They were sons, daughters, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers… They were innocent people who were murdered by the worst of the worst.

Today, I do not mourn the death of Charles Manson. Rather, I mourn again the death of nine people who had yet to experience and offer all that life brings. I mourn the death of Sharon Tate’s unborn child, who never even got to breathe the same air we breathe now. I feel saddened by the devastating impact that these murders had upon their families, a pain still felt to this day.

Rest in peace to the victims of a man who wanted to incite war and cause divisiveness. May his passing bring you some semblance of peace. And may we forget his name as quickly as possible.

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On the hunt for a new comic and like a bit of humor with your horror? Then the upcoming Death of Love from Image Comics should be right up your alley! Dealing with a broken heart? Even better!

Writer Justin Jordan (The Family Trade, Spread) teams up with artist Donal DeLay (You are Not Alone, My Geek Family), colorist Omar Estévez (Heavy Metal Magazine, Batman ‘66), and letterer Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Vertigo Quarterly) for the least romantic Valentine’s comic ever: Death of Love.

“Love is funny. Chainsaws are funny. Love AND chainsaws, therefore, is gonna be super funny,” says Jordan. “Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to see Cupid torn apart in increasingly hilarious ways, this is definitely the comic for you.”

“I just want everyone to laugh the same way they would watching Army of Darkness or This Is the End,” added DeLay.

Issue #1 arrives on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) next year, and we have a preview of several pages to share below.

Synopsis:
Love sucks. And Philo Harris is going to do something about it.

After a particularly bad, drunken decision, Philo gains the ability to see the Cupidae, the creatures responsible for all the love in the world, and declares war on love itself. With a chainsaw.

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