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Anchor Bay Fright Pack: Man’s Worst Friends

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If there is one DVD company out there that we as horror fans can call our own, it’s Anchor Bay Entertainment! So much goodness! So many memories! They’ve taken horror on DVD to so many new levels you really have to wonder, “What the hell will they think of next?”

A few months ago they came out with a new addition to their ever-growing DVD line: The Fright Pack. The coolest thing about this idea besides the bad ass artwork and packaging is the value of it! You get six, that’s right six, feature films, extras and all, for about the price of one loaded special edition DVD.

Let’s take a look at this latest collection of horrific goodness:

Fright Pack: Man’s Worst Friends

This time up they have included a bevy of films that focus on every good thing in a man’s life that can go horribly awry, starting with the ever faithful pooch. Hey, even famous movie monsters need a little companionship. Just look at Paris Hilton and her chihuahua. Or better yet, don’t. Lord knows we’ve seen enough of her. What I’m talking about here is none other than Zoltan: Hound of Dracula! Spend five seconds with this devil dog, and you can plainly see that the Big D ain’t the only one in the family with some bite.

Next up we have another kind of four-legged critter, Bruno Hell of the Living Dead Mattei’s Rats: Night of Terror. Wow, where to begin with this one? It’s absolutely one of the single most unintentionally funny films ever made. If you’re at all familiar with Mattei’s work, then you can imagine what I’m talking about here. The ending of this film alone makes it worth having. I freeze framed it for 45 minutes and cackled like a madman! Bad movie, but good times!

Italian gore maestro Dario Argento’s Cat o’Nine Tails is next up on the menu. If there’s one thing you can always count on in an Argento film, it’s that it is going to look pretty and have some really brutal murders strewn throughout its run-time. Cat o’Nine Tails delivers all of the good looking gory goodies that we expect from the living legend and piles on the suspense in spades.

Then we have an offering from one of my personal favorite directors, Lucio Fulci. In his take on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat, we find all of the ingredients of what you’d expect from a Fulci film perfectly intact — Flagrant gore splashed across the screen with sheer reckless abandon. Lucio, your legacy bleeds on, my friend! God bless ya!

There are plenty of creatures on this planet that serve to make mankind’s stay here a pleasant one. Every animal seems to have a purpose. From bees making honey to cows giving milk. Even the lowly slug has an important role. They … well, they … Aww, who am I kidding? These friggin’ nasty little mucus covered monsters are the grossest thing on the entire planet! They seemingly serve no purpose other than to skeeve anyone within two feet of them out! They do a lot more than that though in the little seen nature-run-amok epic(!) Slugs. In it, the little slimy bastards not only look sickening but now they have teeth, and mankind is on the menu. Without question, Slugs is one of the most disgusting films of its time. Only to be viewed on an empty stomach.

After losing your lunch while watching Slugs, you’re gonna need to stare at a creature a little easier on the eyes. Who better than an 18-year-old Demi Moore making her acting debut in Parasite?!? For those old enough to remember, Parasite was originally released to theatres in 3-D. How I wish this effect could be translated the right way for home viewing. It’d make a helluva DVD extra. Anyway, even all these years later Demi’s still out there fighting parasites. Sadly, the dreaded Kutcher Strain™ seems to have finally gotten her number. Hang in there, Demi. We’re all rootin’ for ya!

So there you have it! Quite the package if I do say so myself. A Fulci and an Argento film in the same collection. Blood and gore to spare. Starlets in peril. An ending so funny it has to be seen to be believed. The only things missing are a a few friends and a pizza. Hold the anchovies though; they look too much like those damned slugs for my liking!

Fright Pack: Man’s Worst Friends
Zoltan: Hound of Dracula (1978)
Rats: Night of Terror (1984)
Cat o’Nine Tails (1971)
The Black Cat (1981)
Slugs (1988)
Parasite (1982)


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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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