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Let’s face it; when your body reaches a temperature at which it begins… well… cooking, then you are bound to experience all kinds of weird things, like hearing voices, seeing things, or even just wondering how in the hell you ended up locked in a sauna.

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On October 23rd, Anchor Bay Films presents a claustrophobic horror film that gives you no choice but to sweat with 247°F. With such genre favorites as Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II), Christina Ulloa (“Californication,” “Charmed”), Travis Van Winkle (“Happy Endings,” Friday the 13th remake, Transformers), and Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II, X-Men), 247°F comes to Blu-ray™ for an SRP of $29.99 and DVD for an SRP of $24.98.

Jenna (Taylor-Compton) is traumatized when she is trapped in a small vehicle after a car accident, forced to observe the mangled corpse of her fiancé in the driver’s seat until help arrives. Fast forward three years, when Jenna and her three friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend. The fun quickly becomes a nightmare when three of them end up locked in a compact, hot sauna. As fear sets in and Jenna reconnects with the horror of “the incident,” every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in heat that is quickly approaching 247°F – the temperature when the human body expires. See Scout Taylor-Compton and Tyler Mane reunited for the first time since Rob Zombie’s Halloween films in a thriller that will satisfy just about everything — but your thirst.

Here’s the thing – if everyone in that sauna doesn’t get completely naked at some point, all bets are off! When your life is at stake, shyness be damned!

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Event Coverage: Walker Stalker Con London 2018



Thousands of fans from around Europe descended onto London’s Olympia venue for the third Walker Stalker Convention to hit England’s shores. London is one of nine Walker Stalker conventions for “The Walking Dead” that happen annually worldwide and is always one of the most anticipated of the year.

Throughout the two-day event fans were treated to the stars of the show and various stalls selling related memorabilia, comics, and signed prints; makeup booths; and you could even get a real tattoo of your favorite “Walking Dead” character there and then. There is as always a lot to take in, and Dread Central was there to do just that over the next 48 hours.

All Photos: David Bronstein

The first panel to kick off the convention was attended by two stars who were not able to make last year’s event, and they brought the house down. IronE Singelton may not be part of the show anymore, but if he wants to be a stand-up comic, then the advice is go for it. Quick-witted with dry humor, Singleton was able to make a room of a thousand people roar in laughter at some of his recollections and memories of his time on the show. It was also fun seeing the gorgeous Laurie Holden, who of course played Andrea, and she answered questions on why she sought to have a romantic fling with The Governor in Season 3. Joining them on the panel was Scott Wilson, still much missed as the wise Hershel Greene and a superb storyteller and veteran Hollywood actor.

The fun didn’t stop there when soon after King Ezekiel arrived in the form of Khary Payton, and like Singleton, Payton was full of fun too. He was clever to dodge fans’ questions about what will happen in the remainder of Season 8 and wore a t-shirt dedicated to his tiger, Shiva (RIP, Shiva, from all of us at Dread Central). Halfway through his panel the audience was treated to a surprise when his right-hand man from the show, Jerry played by Cooper Andrews, appeared. Immediately the two played off of one another and the chemistry inside ten minutes was enough to understand why the showrunners cast the two in their Kingdom roles. It was also a special day for Andrews as he was celebrating his 33rd birthday, and Payton, along with thousands of fans, sang him a happy birthday song.

The main room on the upper level was used for panels, but there was also a more intimate gathering downstairs, hosted by the great Dave Solo. Interviewees included Sarah Wayne Callies, Alanna Masterson, and Michael Rooker; and it was an opportunity for fans to get up-close and personal with their on-screen heroes. Rooker was welcomed with deafening cheers given that he had not been to London last year; host Solo told the waiting audience to expect the unexpected when Rooker arrives, and he wasn’t wrong. Wearing a baseball cap with shades, Rooker was an infectious, non-stop talker for his thirty-minute session, discussing everything from playing Merle to the 1986 classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer to his brilliant role in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) were inevitably snowed down in never-ending queues for their autographs and photo sessions, and this meant that the pair were unable to do any panels. Also at the 11th hour Andrew Lincoln (Rick) had to pull out of the show due to unforeseen circumstances but such is life and he will, as ever, be welcomed with open arms for 2019.

Walker Stalker Con London was rounded out by a very special guest who has indeed as yet not appeared on the show, but he was invited to the convention because he is the definition of cool and a horror god, right? Welcome to the one and only Bruce Campbell (give me some sugar, baby!). Campbell was in Europe and made a rare appearance in London to promote his new book Hail to the Chin‘, which is a follow-up to his 2001 autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor.  Campbell’s panel was hotly anticipated, and he didn’t disappoint. Highlights included Campbell using Negan’s bat and informing us that it was his idea back in the 80s to use a bat with barbed wire wrapped around it, telling a fan that Spider-Man 3 really wasn’t that good after refusing to accept a free Blu-ray of the movie and getting a fan from Wales mixed up as a German. Campbell was the perfect host to close out the convention and left everyone with a spring in their step, even though he admitted that the current season of Ash vs Evil Dead will most likely be the last.

The London Walker Stalker Con was a triumphant success, and we are already looking forward to 2019. If you can’t wait until then , here are many other Walker Stalker Cons taking place this year, which are listed below:

Chicago – April 7th-8th
Nashville – May 12th-13th
Orlando – August 11th-12th
Atlanta – October 26th-28th
San Jose – December 1st-2nd
New Jersey – December 8th-9th
Portland – January 5th-6th, 2019

You can find out more about the Walker Stalker Conventions and buy tickets by clicking here.


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#Brainwaves Episode 82: A Tribute to Jennifer Julian



Several days ago we lost someone who was integral to both the Dread Central family and the Brainwaves family, Mrs. Dark… Jennifer Julian. As a result this week there was no show. There was just too much shock. This coming week, though, we plan on honoring Jenn properly with an hour-long special cut of her antics while Mr. Dark was doing his paranormal news segment.

Jenn was hilarious. Her light was infectious and her tongue as sharp as Mr. Pointy from the “Buffy” days. It’s an honor to be able to preserve and celebrate her memory.

Thank you so very much for all that you gave, all the times that you helped, all the support, and most of all for that wonderful smile. Please watch over us all. We know you’re itchin’ to “staple our testicles to the ceiling” of Heaven, and not only do we probably deserve that, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jenn… this one is for you.

Special thanks to listener Scary Little Mary and Amy Martin for doing the legwork and getting this tribute assembled and to the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas for donating their space for her memorial. Our hearts ache for Justin. We love you, brother.

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.


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Eaten Alive! Blu-ray Review – The Jungle Retreat Where You’re What They Eat!




Starring Janet Agren, Robert Kerman, Me Me Lai, Ivan Rassimov

Directed by Umberto Lenzi

Distributed by Severin Films

Having just spent the past couple of weeks slowly listening to and digesting a five-part series on Jim Jones as heard on “Last Podcast on the Left” (which I highly recommend for fans of true crime and gallows humor), it was fascinating to watch a depraved slice of sleaze cinema combine elements of real-world tragedy with visceral, gory, and downright offensive horror. Think of Umberto Lenzi’s Eaten Alive! (1980) as the less-celebrated-but-still-accomplished brother to Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust (1980), and despite both being released the same year Lenzi got his project in front of cameras first. The exclamation point in the title is more of a warning than excitement because, yes, many things are eaten alive in this film: men, women – and animals. If the animal cruelty of Cannibal Holocaust causes bile to bubble in your gut then my advice would be to stay far away from Eaten Alive! because it ups the ante and then some. Lenzi goes straight for the jugular, spraying his feature with a geyser of gore and a buffet of body parts to ensure every viewer is thoroughly disturbed by the time those unexpectedly jazzy end credits start rolling.

After a mysterious South American blow-dart killer is run down on the streets of New York, the NYPD brings in Sheila (Janet Agren), whose sister, Diana (Paola Senatore), has gone missing in the jungles of South America. After viewing video of Diana involved in some unorthodox ritual Sheila hires Mark (Robert Kerman), a military deserter, to fly her down to New Guinea in hopes of rescuing her brainwashed sis. The jungles of South America are less hospitable than either of them had expected; the food chain is on full display as animals are routinely shown feasting on each other. Sheila and Mark stumble upon a group of cannibals eating a girl, cutting slices of meat from her breast and snacking on them like beef jerky. Titty jerky? They are “rescued” by Jonas Melvin (Ivan Rassimov), a Jim Jones-type cult leader who has a compound nestled deep within the jungle. Here, his followers perform manual labor and maintain the camp, and in return they receive frequent physical and sexual assault. It’s… not a great trade-off.

Sheila is desperate to get her sister to leave this questionable cult, but even once Diana comes around there’s the little problem of getting past armed guards, hungry jungle creatures, and that cannibal clan. Jonas, meanwhile, indoctrinates Sheila into the group via a ritual involving a large wooden dildo coated with snake blood. Another girl held at the compound, Mowara (Me Me Lai), is also tired of the daily rapes and so the three women, along with Mark, escape into the jungle in hopes of getting back to civilization in one piece. Unfortunately, those hungry, hungry cannibals catch up with a couple of them first and, well, the climax lives up to the film’s name and then some.

Although this feature was shot before Cannibal Holocaust, Lenzi actually used some footage from Deodato’s Jungle Holocaust (1977) here, not that anyone could notice. Eaten Alive! plays less like a full feature and more like some sick clip show, with a heinous act shown on screen every few minutes, lest the audience wise up and realize the plotting is skeletal at best. Lenzi capitalized not only on the current Italian cannibal craze but also the still-fresh memory of Jonestown and the largest mass suicide in history which is, of course, recreated here – and you know a film is chock full o’ sickness when a mass suicide is the least shocking thing seen on the screen. Seeing a few hundred people down some Flavor-Aid (it wasn’t Kool-Aid, people) pales in comparison to watching a woman have her breast cut off and munched on while another girl nearby has strips of flesh cut from her body and eaten in the same casual manner one might eat an orange. Don’t fret, ladies, because the guys get it bad, too; it wouldn’t be a proper cannibal film if someone didn’t have their dick chopped off. If there’s one thing Italian FX teams routinely nailed back in the ‘70s and ‘80s it was gore, and the work seen here is ooey and gooey and dripping crimson.

I could have done without all the animal death, though. The majority of these scenes are animal-on-animal action, reminding viewers nature is metal and savage and these things are a daily occurrence. But then, seeing these “natives” skin a living alligator more than once feels gratuitous. I could maybe understand if these scenes played some part in the overall narrative but they’re more like the porno scenes in Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973), i.e. out of place and spliced in for maximum effect. This is a movie where a Jim Jones wannabe rapes a restrained woman with a snake-blood-covered wooden dildo – does it need any help in the depravity department?

The one thing that makes these Italian cannibal “classicks” stand apart from one another is the scoring. Cannibal Holocaust is the sickest film with the most beautiful music, courtesy of the legendary Riz Ortolani. Eaten Alive! is no slouch in that department either thanks to composers Roberto Donati & Fiamma Maglione’s funky, jazzy score that at times feels completely incongruous with the action on screen. The duo is credited under one pseudonym, Buddy Maglione. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn this feature was scored “cold”, with little regard given to how it would marry with the on-screen action. In one unintentionally hilarious moment at the end a close-up shot of a child, the only survivor of the Flavor-Aid cyanide suicide, quickly cuts the NYC skyline as Maglione’s upbeat theme begins to blast. A somber moment of reflection turns to near-comedy in an instant.

Here’s the thing, as abhorrent as virtually everything seen here is… I had a damn fun time with this one. You can’t possibly take any of this shit seriously. Eaten Alive! runs wild, packing so many mondo moments into its running time that viewers who aren’t too squeamish are going to be glued to the screen, wondering what wildness will be unleashed next. It’s like Lenzi directed under a mandate that every scene must feature dismemberment, cannibalism, boobs, animal cruelty – or all of the above. Seeing cannibal circuit stalwarts like Robert Kerman and Me Me Lai adds a nice touch of familiarity to the film, while Rassimov brings a brand of craziness to his Jonas that only a real-life inspiration such as Jim Jones could provide. This is a wild ride through rough terrain. Buckle up.

Severin touts Eaten Alive! as being “fully remastered for HD”, though it is clear the 1.66:1 1080p image still needs a bit of work. Expect to see plenty of white flecks, emulsion scratches, minor damage, and variations in color saturation and film grain but, I have to be honest here, that’s how I want to see a film like this. Color values fluctuate at times but the overall palette is strongly saturated and pleasing enough. The upgrade to HD has tightened up the image well enough that definition in objects and people is evident, revealing fine detail and looking more true to life. Black levels appeared dark and stable.

Audio is available in three varieties: English, Italian, and Spanish, all with a DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono track. I always opt for a dub on these Italian schlockers and the presentation here is crisp, with dialogue intelligible and clear at all times. There is some minor hissing on the high-end register but nothing distracting. Maglione’s score is delivered with excellent fidelity and depth. Subtitles are available in English and Italian.

“Welcome to the Jungle: Interview with Director Umberto Lenzi” is a new chat in which he discusses the state of cannibal films at the time, challenges during production, and more about the production history.

“Me Me Lai Bites Back: Feature Documentary on the Queen of Cannibal Movies” is a piece that runs for over an hour, with Lai discussing her oeuvre, what she’s been up to all these years, her legacy, and so much more fans will want to hear.

“The Sect of Purification: Interview with Production Designer Antonello Geleng” focuses on how Geleng was able to achieve the vision Lenzi had sought, even with most of the production taking place in a jungle clearly made by nature.

“Archive Interview with Actors Ivan Rassimov & Robert Kerman” features both leads briefly talking about their time on the production.

“2013 Q&A with Umberto Lenzi from the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK” and the film’s trailer are also included.

Special Features:

  • NEW 2K REMASTER of the film presented for the first time ever
  • Welcome To The Jungle: Interview With Director Umberto Lenzi
  • Me Me Lai Bites Back: Feature Documentary On The Queen Of Cannibal Movies
  • The Sect of The Purification: Interview With Production Designer Antonello Geleng
  • Archive Interviews With Actors Ivan Rassimov and Robert Kerman
  • 2013 Q&A With Umberto Lenzi from the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK
  • Eaten Alive!
  • Special Features


There is no false advertising with a title like Eaten Alive! and Lenzi does his damnedest to make viewers lose their lunch. Definitely for fans of distasteful and detestable cannibal crusades, this release from Severin is a bloody blast from start to finish.

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