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The World's End, You're Next, and The Mortal Instruments Fight for Leftovers at The Butler's Box OfficeThough the end of August is traditionally one of the slower movie-going weekends of the year, it was a big weekend for the genre. So how did our three contenders fare?

It was interesting, what with the newest film from the Shaun of the Dead gang (The World’s End), the latest attempt to create a new Twilight (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), and the indie horror film festival darling (You’re Next). Alas, none could put up much of a fight against Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Meet the Millers continued to reign over the box office, leaving the three genre newcomers to settle for table scraps. In the case of You’re Next, even Disney’s Planes took a bigger helping of the box office pie.

The big loser of the weekend was without question The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the latest big screen adaptation of a supernatural Young Adult novel (not titled The Hunger Games) in the wake of Twilight to fall flat at the box office. $9.2 million for the weekend and only $14 million total since opening this past Wednesday; this has to be considered quite disappointing and somewhat surprising for Screen Gems/Sony given how long hyped this film has been and how allegedly rabid the books’ fans were supposed to be. So let’s take a moment to welcome The Mortal Instruments to the Twilight wannabe YA funeral pyre with other non-starters I Am Number Four, Beautiful Creatures, Beastly, and The Host. Will Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters break or continue the trend next year?

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright may have developed a strong following here across the pond, but mainstream American audiences have yet to fully embrace their brand of humor. Their British booze and bots comedy The World’s End has been met with rave reviews yet failed to open any higher than 4th this weekend. However, $8.9 million for a British sci-fi comedy playing on less than half as many screens as The Butler and Meet the Miller is fairly impressive. It also received a B+ Cinemascore. Expect it to go on to become a beloved cult favorite just like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Next on the box office round-up is You’re Next, the hit of horror film festivals that Lionsgate sat on for what feels like years at this point before finally releasing it to theaters. Although it only mustered a 6th place, $7 million opening, it cost less than a million dollars to make and Lionsgate didn’t pay that much more to pick it up. It may not be a breakout hit, but it’s hard to call it a box office bust. Audiences only gave it a B- Cinemascore.

September brings us Riddick and Insidious Chapter 2, which is actually one more mainstream genre movie than this year’s impoverished Halloween wide release movie season will deliver. It’s Carrie or nothing this year, folks.

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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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