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Check In to the Horror Hotel Web Series Later This Month!The Internet seems the perfect platform these days for any burgeoning indie anthology show so when we got wind of the upcoming web series Horror Hotel, we just had to take a look at what its rooms have to offer. Here’s your key… step on in…

A family affair since inception, Horror Hotel is the brainchild of award-winning costume designer and independent filmmaker Ricky Hess, produced in turn by him and Debbie and Al Hess. Said to be influenced by the likes of classics “The Twilight Zone” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” Horror Hotel offers short slices of horror, thrills, suspense, comedy, and drama in a 12- to 20-minute per episode format.

Horror Hotel is set to take off with a world premiere on September 26th at Porter Sanford Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, Georgia.

About the series, Ricky says, “We work not only with seasoned industry film professionals, including Grammy and Emmy Award-winning artists in the area, but with film students and recent graduates from local colleges. These students need quality projects and experience with other professionals. Horror Hotel is a great outlet for them. Moving forward, we are looking for sponsorships and distribution so we can continue making the series.”

Besides her duties as producer on the show, Debbie Hess also designs the sets for the titular business on each episode, stating: “People are impressed with the atmosphere we created for Horror Hotel and always want to know how we make our paint ‘peel’ and look so creepy. It’s the number one question we get from visitors, cast, and crew. Rick’s working knowledge with latex allows us to create the realistic look. We paint the walls in blotches and then paint latex over that; then we simply peel the latex back. The paint sticks to it and produces that eerie effect. We also use a lot of antiques to give the rooms a horror chic, sorta old European hotel look. Al Hess makes the custom designed hotel furniture and lots of amazing props like the Houdini’s Hand box for our pilot episode ‘Houdini’s Hand,’ a unique self-inflating alien radio for the retro black and white episode ‘Invader,’ and most recently a very clever guillotine inspired mirror for our episode ‘Guillotine.’ He is even constructing a miniature outside hotel model for use in some nighttime establishing shots for some of the episodes. It seems he is up to the challenge of whatever we might need and is a very gifted carpenter in addition to writing to date our intriguing episodes.”

The first season of Horror Hotel is set to feature six episodes, the details on which you can read below, courtesy of the press release:

“Houdini’s Hand”Two burglars steal the mummified hand of a famous magician and find out what it means to come up a little “short-handed”. This is the pilot episode and was co-produced by Errol Sadler of Atlanta’s own Supremacy Films (Blackhats, Curveball movie) and directed by Brandon “2Mill” Thaxton, also of Supremacy Films. Starring Atlanta actors Tony Folden, Montrel Miller, James Edward Thomas, and Mike Bend, “Houdini’s Hand” also has a podcast that will be available for portable listening recorded by Henry Howard, a founding partner with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company.

“Bookworm”A psychotic woman will do anything to get ahold of her favorite author’s unpublished work. The Hitchcock inspired episode stars Elle Trapkin as the wacky “Margaret Tally” and Hugh Higgins as the seedy book dealer “George Spoetzl,” “Bookworm” was experimental in that it was filmed in living black and white. All the actors dressed in gray, black, or white; and the set was designed accordingly. Colorist Nick Anderson with Cinevation Media helped to create the final vivid black and white effect in post-production and final video editing. Cinematographer Donovan Henneberg-Verity and the talented DP crew including Ben Lambeth executed fabulous Hitchcock-like point of view shots. Directed by Ricky Hess.

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“Invader”When residents at the Horror Hotel become suspicious of alien activity, a sci-fi writer becomes the target. This is a retro sci-fi episode with a Ray Bradbury style in black and white. Atlanta actor Troy Halverson plays “Joe Wood,” the secretive local hotel resident; Susan Moss is the paranoid “Helen Kravitz”; James Edward Thomas plays sci-fi writer “Rodney Silvers”; Jerry Irwin is lovable kook “Gerald Boyd”; and Darien Johnson rounds out the cast as “Mikey Bone,” a trigger-happy member of the posse. Once again Donovan Henneberg-Verity and Ben Lambeth headed up the DP department with assistance from Nick Anderson from Cinevation Media for DIT and coloring to make the black and white footage pop. Directed by Kyle Kukshtel.

“Tilt”An android and her abusive owner plot to kidnap and sell a well known computer hacker to a less than desirable group. A sci-fi tale in a scrambled time frame that includes characters ranging from a future android to World War II soldiers. With Marie Barker as the perky android “Skinny”; her owner, “Merle,” is played by Johnny Harvill; and computer hacker “Saul Kaplan” is played by Ronnie Mathew with World War II Nazis portrayed by Nathan DeRussy and Tanner Gould. Directed by Ricky Hess with Director of Photography Torey Haas of MonsterBuster Entertainment.

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“Guillotine”Beauty has a price when a pageant contestant gets ahold of a charm cut from Marie Antoinette’s guillotine. It features Stephanie Stevens, Ann Marie Gideon, and James Edward Thomas. Brandon Thaxton is the director, and Bruce Lane is the Director of Photography.

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“Tesla’s Tooth”A gangster comes into possession of an electronic tooth invented by Nikola Tesla that can read minds. He brings it to an electronics wizard who is working out of the hotel to have him retrofit it into his mouth to give him the edge in a high stakes poker game. The tooth has powers he never imagined. Featuring Ted Parker and Neil Ramsay with Darien Johnson and Matt Rogers. Directed by Ricky Hess.

Check In to the Horror Hotel Web Series Later This Month!

For more details on the upcoming launch plus episode trailers, behind-the-scenes info, and even a streaming podcast adaptation of the pilot episode, check out the official Horror Hotel website, and don’t forget to “like” Horror Hotel on Facebook and follow @horrorhotel123 on Twitter.

Horror Hotel Season1 Trailer from Debbie Hess on Vimeo.

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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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