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Help the Good Folks at Flashback Weekend Save the Midway Drive-InNormally we don’t do this kind of thing, but many of us here at Dread Central spent some of our fondest movie-going memories at our local drive-ins, and we have a feeling quite a few of you out there did, too.

When we see a classic drive-in facing closure due to the recent digital projection upgrade mandate enforced against theater owners across the country, we knew it was time to help any way that we could!

Besides, who doesn’t look back fondly at those simpler times of lying underneath a blanket, munching popcorn while watching a movie on the big screen under a sky filled with stars? Drive-in theaters are part of our cinematic heritage, and because of the jump to digital most of these types of places are forced to close down once 35mm prints officially cease to be made for new releases.

The Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, Illinois, is facing that very problem, and if they can’t make the leap to digital, they will be forced to shut their doors since they need to be able to play both first-run movies as well as many of our favorite horror classics.

The very same people who present Flashback Weekend in Chicago every year, Mike and Mia Kerz, purchased and fully restored the Midway Drive-In five years ago so that the legacy of the drive-in experience would continue on.

They’ve raised most of the capital themselves but are now looking for a little help from the horror community in order to keep both the Midway Drive-In open and their dream of having a venue to showcase both new and classic films alive. Read on for more details from the official press release to see how you can help!

From the Press Release:
In 2007 Flashback Weekend saved and restored the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, IL, and since then the Midway Drive-In has provided a venue for the horror drive-in experience by playing 35mm horror film fests throughout the year. We recreate the nostalgic drive-in experience with classic horror trailers, vintage concession ads, and more! The Midway is a museum dedicated to the American drive-in experience, and Flashback Weekend now exists to support the restoration and operation of the Midway Drive-In.

The American drive-in theater was vital to horror films since they provided a main outlet for horror films during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Before VHS or DVDs, drive-in theaters provided a forum for the work of legendary horror directors such as HG Lewis, George Romero, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, and John Carpenter – this is the era that Flashback Weekend and the Midway Drive-In seeks to keep alive.

Due to the movie studio mandated conversion to digital projection for first-run films, the Midway must purchase a digital projector at a cost of $125,000. If we are able to raise a portion of that, we will be able to keep the Midway open and showing first-run films and horror classic film fests.

For more information on how you can donate to help keep the Midway Drive-In going, check out their Kickstarter page here. To learn more about the Midway Drive-In, check out the official Midway Drive-In website.

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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