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Help the Good Folks at Flashback Weekend Save the Midway Drive-In



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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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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming



Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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Exclusive: Buzzard Hollow Beef Brings Cannibal Gore to the Holidays



Holidays at the end of the year seem to be focused on one major aspect: food. From Christmas hams to Thanksgiving turkeys to Hanukkah latkes to who knows what else, eating is a very important part for end-of-the-year festivities. Personally, I’m totally okay with it because it means great food and TONS of leftovers, ensuring that I don’t have to concern myself with cooking for at least a couple of days.

But what if the holiday season were a bit more sinister and what if the food was a bit more…unsavory? Allow us to introduce you to Buzzard Hollow Beef, a new vision of horror that blends cannibal hillbillies, intense and terrifying hallucinations, and small town mysteries. If this sounds up your alley, then don’t fret about waiting because the film comes to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other transactional platforms on Tuesday, November 21!

We’ve got a trailer, poster, and several stills for you to check out, so peruse at your will and enjoy!

Directed by Joshua M. Johnson, who co-wrote the film with Tara C. Hall, Buzzard Hollow Beef stars Bruce Jennings, Nadia Kamil, Scott C. Brown, Emily Letts, Janet Chiarabaglio, Amanda Spinella, Will Frazier, Gabriel Caste, and Doug Perkins.

Still reeling from her divorce and struggling as the single mother of a 9 month old, Jordan Vollmer looks forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with her family and her best friend, Paige. As the group ventures into the small town of Buzzard Hollow, they are greeted with strange and unsavory characters, known around these parts as the Solomon family. Their suspicions surrounding the Solomons are aroused by the fact that they all seem unwilling to talk about the beef that they serve in their hamburgers and sell in their butcher shop. When the Vollmers experience horrifying hallucinations, they begin to suspect that the Solomons are somehow involved.

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Exclusive: Confrontational Bewitches and Hypnotizes With Fade/Into the Burning Dawn



Earlier this year, I introduced you readers to Italian synthwave artist Confrontational and his cover of Sabrina’s “Boys (Summertime Love)”. While that track was pure summertime brightness, we recognize that many of you are more interested in the darker side of music, where songs are melancholic yet brimming with a hypnotic sexual tension. To that end, we’ve teamed up once again to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” featuring Tying Tiffany, which you can listen to below.

Melding equal parts of The Cure and John Carpenter, the song pulsates sensually, evoking imagery of electric blue and hot pink lasers piercing through vantablack darkness. Furthermore, the dynamic between the female and male vocals adds a wonderful sense of intimacy. This song was clearly a child of the 80’s that is now grown up and ready to stand on its own.

Confrontational tells Dread Central:
The final chapter in the triptych, once again graced by Branca Studio’s outstanding artwork, recounts the striving for light in spite of the devouring darkness that surrounds us all. Unrequited love, loss of innocence, loss of identity, temptation and anger – the story finally comes to a close. There is a deep and heartfelt sense of longing throughout each of the tracks, a hard-hitting feeling of nostalgia – which is something Tiffany found out to be a constant in my songwriting. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and I am ecstatic to have finally worked together on this. Her unique take on the lyrics is what makes it so very special, and her vocals blending seamlessly with mine throughout the choruses turned it into a true personal favorite. To have Tiffany on the album along with these amazing heroes of mine – Cody, Tobias and Trevor – is simply dream-like, and makes me so very proud to finally share the effort with you all. I look forward to checking out everyone’s comments on this and I can’t wait to bring it to the stage soon!

“Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” comes from Confrontational’s upcoming album The Burning Dawn, which can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. Guest appearances on the album include Tobias Bernstrup, Cody Carpenter, and more!

Confrontational can be followed at his official website, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Upcoming tour dates:
January 25 – Milano (TBA)
January 26 – Savona (TBA)
January 27 – Ravenna (Bronson)

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