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Danielle Harris Talks Among Friends, Hatchet 3, and More!Recently finished up with her role in Michael Biehn’s directorial debut, The Victim, legendary scream queen Danielle Harris seems to be one genre icon with a schedule that just doesn’t ever empty. Happily, however, she took a few minutes to chat with us about her upcoming projects.

Dinner party-turned-murderous-disaster flick Among Friends signals Harris’ first turn calling the shots behind the camera, “My first directing gig was an amazing experience. I learned more than I knew I needed to learn for sure and can’t wait to do it again! The final product is better than I had hoped, and I had high expectations from the start, so I’m really excited for our release.”

We quizzed her on the origin of the story: “The film was penned by our star/producer Alyssa Lobit, and when I came on board, we sat together and altered a few things here and there. I hope genre fans will love it! I have a pretty good idea on what the fans want to see, and I believe I was able to bring it to ‘Among Friends’.”

Things seems to be running smoothly with positive reactions coming in, according to Danielle, “We’ve had very few screenings, but the feedback has been amazing. We are just about to première at Sitges International Film Festival, Horrorthon Dublin, and Lund Copenhagen this coming month.”

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The third chapter in the successful Hatchet series, now directed by BJ McDonnell, sees Harris reprising her role as Marybeth, having taken over from Tamara Feldman in the second installment. When asked to compare her version of the character to Feldman’s, Harris is emphatic in her point: “We’re just totally different actresses so there’s no comparison. My Marybeth in ‘Hatchet 3’ is completely different than the last one, too. After all Marybeth has endured, she grows in different ways each time.”

Dread couldn’t resist prodding Harris for the scoop on what Hatchet fans can expect in the third: “Each ‘Hatchet’ movie always tops the last, and this one spares no expense. If there is another ‘Hatchet’ film, I couldn’t tell you if I was coming back or not because then you’d know if I lived or died! Sorry…”

And what’s next on the agenda for one of horror fans’ most beloved icons? “Just traveling around getting ‘Among Friends’ out there and looking for the next movie to direct. Know any writers?”

Many thanks to Danielle for taking the time out to chat with us.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night and Spread Holiday Fear

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Sometimes we wonder just what our local UPS man thinks when he drops boxes off here at Dread Central HQ. Case in point: this ominous little package that was left upon our doorstep to say “hello” and wish us a happy and probably not-so-healthy holiday season!

That’s right, kids! The Strangers: Prey at Night spread a bit of holiday fear around these parts with a little something for everyone, including those who celebrate Hanukkah! Check out the eye candy below!

The Strangers: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

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Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of Leatherface

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Rev up your chainsaws because next Tuesday sees the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release of Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s Leatherface (review). A prequel to Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Leatherface takes us into the origins of the Sawyer family and the makings of the titular character that has since become a mainstay in popular culture.

To give you a taste of what the special features are like on this release, we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip that focuses on the young actors that make the script come to life.

You can see the footage for yourself below, and then you can pre-order Leatherface through Amazon.

Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Sam Coleman, Vanessa Grasse, Nicole Andrews, Julian Kostov, Jessica Madsen, and Lorina Kamburova star. Leatherface was written by up-and-coming genre scribe Seth M. Sherwood.

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12 Classic Creepy Christmas Critters!

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Though Krampus and The Grinch usually get all the spooky holiday love, the team of Arthur Rankin, Jr., and Jules Bass at Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc., gave us many memorable monsters who revel in Christmas fear! Each year they lurk about on TV before a multitude of heroes have had a chance to change their black hearts into golden ones! Just like Ebenezer Scrooge at noon on Christmas Eve, these monsters start as spooky as can be, and we have a list of some of our absolute favorites for you below!

Aeon the Terrible

“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (1978)
Faster than you can scream “La Carcagne,” the giant claw(s) of Aeon the Terrible will swoop in and carry you off to the island of No-Name: a giant iceberg near the North Pole where the sun NEVER shines! This bad boy is known to terrorize the skies of the Sands of Time, a desert near Father Time’s castle. Dare you make the trek? Make sure you look up (you know… something the characters in Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent NEVER did), or else you might lose your head!

Bumble the Abominable Snowman

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1968)
For many years man has searched for the missing link. Regardless of what you call it – Sasquatch, Bigfoot, the Yeti, the Abominable Snowman… this furry fear maker has been as elusive as finding a jawbone in a haystack on Farmer Vincent’s farm. It figures that none other than Rudolph would use his shiny red nose as a means to shed some light on this beast’s whereabouts! Let’s just be thankful he didn’t end up on Bumble’s menu. Lord knows this toothy terror tried!

Burgermeister Meisterburger

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)
Sure, there’s nothing mythical or supernatural about Burgermeister Meisterburger, but here’s a guy who makes Scrooge look like Nelson Mandela. I mean, come on… not even old Ebenezer would have banned toys from an entire town! Or would he? The jury is still out on that one. Incidentally, the police are still on the lookout for a yet-to-be-identified male who was boiled in his own pudding and buried with a sprig of holly through his heart. If you are in possession of any info leading to the capture of the heartless villain who committed this heinous act, please call 800-423-TIPS.

Charlie in the Box

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964)
Remember the cover of Child’s Play 2? I’m willing to bet that old Charlie in the Box was more than just a little inspirational to the artist who came up with it! Never mind clowns! We DARE you to stare into Charlie’s soulless eyes… the devil’s eyes…

Commander of the Wind Demons

“The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (1985)
How foul is the Commander of the Wind Demons? So foul that he hasn’t even been given a name… just a title. Even worse, this nasty creature has been taxed with deciding the fate of Santa Claus himself! There are a lot of really weird and disturbing characters in 1985’s “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,” which was based upon 1902 children’s book written by L. Frank Baum of the same name. You’ll be seeing some more of them on this very list should you have the gumption to keep on reading.

The Heat Miser

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)
If Satan himself were to don a festive costume, we’re pretty sure he’d look a lot like the dreaded Heat Miser from 1974’s “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” With his marvelous singing voice and flair for theatrics, is it really such a stretch?

Need more proof? Just try to get that damned song out of your head. Hell hath no fury, we tell ya!

King Awgwa

“The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (1985)
Quake in fear, kids! QUAKE IN FRIGGIN’ FEAR! King Awgwa is the leader of the Awgwas, a race of evil creatures that have the power to influence human minds. He also had the power to terrorize Karen Black via Zuni Fetish doll 10 years earlier, but that’s another tale… a whole trilogy of them.

Old Mag the Hag

“The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold” (1981)
If the mythical Irish creatures known as Leprechauns have a scourge, it is no doubt Old Mag the Hag. A banshee who specialized in spreading bad luck wherever she went, Mag needed to dig her claws into a heaping helping of gold before Christmas Day or she would turn to tears and wash away forever. Reports of Mag have been eerily quiet since 1993. Despite multiple attempts Warwick Davis has remained unavailable for comment.

The Snow Miser

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)
The Yin to the Heat Miser’s Yang, the Snow Miser may be a bit more cheery than his hot-headed friend, but we can assure you that under that cheery exterior he has a heart of pure ice. He also suffers from the single most severe case of post-nasal drip we’ve ever seen. Seriously, someone get this dude a chisel and some tissue. Thanks.

The Evil Cossack King, Kubla Kraus

“Jack Frost” (1979)
The Evil Cossack King, Kubla Kraus is more or less the Dr. Frankenstein of the Rankin and Bass universe because he possesses the know-how to bring life to his creations… an army of Keh-Knights, amongst other robotic servants. Kraus sits upon the throne of his lair on Miserable Mountain, and the only thing on his agenda is keeping the residents of January Junction in a constant state of fear. Good thing old Jack Frost is around to chill him out, or his army of mechanical monsters would have no doubt taken over the world by now.

Winterbolt

“Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July” (1979)
If Kraus could be considered a Doctor Frankenstein of sorts, then without question the evil sorcerer Winterbolt would have felt right at home in the Lord of the Rings universe at the side of Lord Saruman. This sneaky devil actually conjured that terrible storm in which Rudolph with his nose so bright guided Santa’s sleigh that night. Furious that his nefarious plan was foiled, Winterbolt rises with a vengeance and convinces both Frosty the Snowman and Rudy to head to Florida to become carny freaks for the dreaded ringmaster Sam Spangles. I know… WTF, right? Talk about a cold-hearted bastard.

The Winter Warlock

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)
Without question, the most terrifying of all Rankin and Bass’ many creations was the infamous Winter Warlock. I mean, just look at this dude. He SCREAMS “I’m nefarious!” If he didn’t have the train fetish that he did, there’s no way ANYONE, Rudolph or otherwise, would ever have made it across the Mountain of the Whispering Wind, thereby killing Christmas off for good and plunging us all into a dark wonderland of humbug!

That’s it! Did we miss any of your favorites or rekindle some long dormant memories? Let us know in the comments section below. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fright!

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