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Film4 FrightFest 2013: Festival Wrap-up, Reviews Round-up, and Photo GalleryWith the 2013 August Bank Holiday having passed, so too have some of the grandest 5 days in the UK’s horror calendar: the Film4 FrightFest. Here a look at the sights and sounds of this year’s festival plus easy access to reviews of the flicks we caught during this monster weekend.

Introduced this year by Bobcat Goldthwait, there to present his new found footage horror flick Willow Creek (whose limited availability proved ultimately so limited that it was impossible to nab a ticket), London’s Film4 FrightFest 2013 proved to be a major mixed bag when it came to the quality on show on the Empire cinema’s gigantic main screen. However, while the highlights on celluloid were admittedly few, the real-world highlights delivered the goods with a plethora of top-drawer guests, interesting Q&A sessions, plenty of freebies thrown around and some of the best goodie bag contents in years for holders of full weekend passes (including Arrow Video’s excellent release of Juan Piquer Simón’s cult classic Pieces and Adam Nevill’s critically acclaimed novel The Ritual).

With regular festival features such as Andy Nyman’s “Quiz From Hell” still managing to remain immensely fun for genre fans alongside the now traditional “Turn Off Your Bloody Phone” idents and smatterings of short films (which, on a critical note, it would be nice to know date, time and location of as they’re randomly placed before films on various screens with no mention of the crucial details in the festival schedule), the atmosphere inside the Empire cinema remained as energetic and positive as ever despite the effects of sleep deprivation and the discomfort of spending almost five full days with your ass welded to a theatre seat.

Unscheduled highlights included an impromptu appearance on stage by legendary composer Fabio Frizzi, promoting his upcoming live orchestra performance in London this Halloween in London’s Union Chapel! Tickets for this sure-to-be-amazing evening can be had right here, and the revelation of some particularly repugnant behaviour by some audience members engaged in a spot of mutual masturbation towards the back of the theatre. During RIPD 3D (review here). The Ryan Reynolds effect, right there!

More amusing than that particular shred of knowledge, however, was FrightFest co-organiser Paul McEvoy announcing the fact while introducing the director and cast of I Spit on Your Grave 2 on stage, and then proceeding to dig himself into an ever-deepening hole while attempting to tie the two duties together and proclaim that director Steven R. Monroe’s sequel couldn’t possibly be a “wankfest”. A cringe-worthy sequence of events laden with sheer hilarity, and thankfully taken with good natured humour by everyone.

And now, on to the reviews! If you haven’t noticed the sidebar filling up over the past few days, here’s an easy-access list to the new reviews straight from the festival:

The Dead 2: India Review
Haunter Review
The Dyatlov Pass Incident Review
Dark Touch Review
Missionary Review
No One Lives Review
Dementamania Review
Dark Tourist Review
The Banshee Chapter 3D Review
I Spit on Your Grave 2 Review
In Fear Review
Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz Review
Wither Review
The Last Days (Los Ultimos Dias) Review

Also screening during the festival were a number of films that we’ve already covered, such as the barmy Frankenstein’s Army; Curse of Chucky (I’m on Andrew’s side regarding our recent review head-to-head!); E.L. Katz’s amazing Cheap Thrills; fun Aussie horror-comedy 100 Bloody Acres; Jim Mickle’s mature and accomplished remake of We Are What We Are, and finally Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s utterly magnificent Big Bad Wolves. While in agreement with Drew’s analysis of the flick, I’d probably stretch to the full five knives for this staggering piece of work — alive and crackling with some excellent dialogue, performances, and pitch black humour from start to finish. On a more solemn note, it came to pass that Big Bad Wolves was actually to be the final film to show on the Empire Screen 1’s famously massive screen, as almost immediately after the screening it was set to be torn down, replaced with an IMAX, and the auditorium split in two. A sad day for central London cinephiles, yet a stark commercial reality. At least it had a grand send off with one of the best films of the year.

Enough rambling! Take a close look at our photo gallery above, and feast on a selection of video highlights and interviews from each day of the festival below, courtesy of FrightFest organisers Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day — all of whom we would like to sincerely thank for having us along once again. See you next year!

Film4 FrightFest 2013

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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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