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Hooked Digital Media Ready to Begin Haunting MelissaAs technology continues to advance, so do the ways in which people try to scare the shit out of us. Case in point: Hooked Digital Media is gearing up to begin Haunting Melissa. Read on for details.

From the Press Release
To address the changing entertainment consumption habits of today’s always connected audiences, producer Neal Edelstein has formed Hooked Digital Media, a next-generation production company. The new company is committed to delivering a great story through quality film-making for tablet and mobile devices through app technology that reinvents distribution.

Hooked Digital Media combines the best of Hollywood film-making with the kinetic digital-age energy of a tech start up, taking all the critical elements of storytelling and refashioning them for today’s audiences. The company’s new platform allows delivery of stories in varied lengths, received at unpredictable intervals. Hooked Digital Media’s first app is the ghost story Haunting Melissa, which is scheduled for release in spring 2013.

“Hooked Digital Media will fill a void in today’s entertainment landscape by creating original filmed stories for viewing directly on mobile and tablet devices,” said Neal Edelstein, president, Hooked Digital Media. “The way stories are consumed has changed, so we set out to alter how stories are told by harnessing the power of tablet and mobile devices. We are not taking movies and stuffing them inside an app; we are crafting stories that embrace app technology and the viewing habits of the new generation of consumers.”

Edelstein is an award-winning independent filmmaker and early technology adopter whose credits include The Ring, The Ring Two, Mulholland Drive and The Straight Story. With Edelstein at the helm, Hooked Digital Media is developing and will distribute wholly owned original projects across multiple digital platforms. The combination of Edelstein’s experience and passion with a new distribution approach is poised to disrupt and re-define the entertainment viewing experience on connected devices.

“Delivery direct to tablet and mobile devices is going to be the most personal form of storytelling,” continued Edelstein. “The possibilities are endless for us to share new stories in an imaginative format directly to audiences. This new model is attracting interest among Hollywood’s power players who are shaping the industry.”

Edelstein brings a strong and successful independent vision to Hooked Digital Media having partnered with David Lynch in The Picture Factory. Edelstein formed Macari/Edelstein Filmed Entertainment with Mike Macari, producing the hugely successful Ring films for DreamWorks Pictures. Other completed pictures include Disney-distributed The Invisible, directed by David Goyer, and Shelter, starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Rounding out Hooked Digital Media are MySpace co-founder Aber Whitcomb and investor Kevin Washington. Whitcomb, who serves as an advisor to the new production company, is a leader in cross-platform technology design, large scale computing and networking on a global scale.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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