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Dread Central Tours Halloween Horror Nights: El Cucuy - The Boogeyman Maze! Exclusive Images!This past Thursday, September 12, Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights”’ Creative Director John Murdy gave Dread Central a preview of their then under construction ”El Cucuy: The Boogeyman” fright maze. Read on for word and our photo gallery!

Arriving in the afternoon near the newly constructed Universal Plaza at Universal Studios (part of the $1.6 billion NBCUniversal Evolution Plan, which is transforming the park), Murdy discussed with us his approach in creating (with Art Director Chris Williams) the maze. Based on the titular Mexican “boogeyman” legend of “El Cucuy,” the attraction intends to plunge park guests into the murderous world of a mythical monster who wreaks havoc and dines on disobedient children, set to a narrative voiced by horror veteran and Machete actor Danny Trejo.

Traversing the corpse, bone and pumpkin-strewn maze, Murdy enlightened us as to the several different incarnations of the shape-shifting El Cucuy which guests will encounter as well as his approach to the development of the attraction.

Taking visual inspiration from the Francisco Goya painting “Saturn Devouring His Son” (which depicts the mythical Greek figure of Titan Cronus eating his own child), as well as from the Portuguese myth of “the Coco,” which Murdy described as, “A ghost with a pumpkin head,” the attraction is an amalgamation of ideas.

The Spanish Luchador films of the 1960’s (which feature masked wrestlers as heroes battling iterations of classic Universal monsters) also come into play as, upon entering the maze, park guests will initially find themselves in a theater screening a Luchador film (Murdy produced and stars in the original clip as the character “Dr. Albondigas”) as they follow in the footsteps of a boy who was abandoned in the movie house, only to find himself in the lair of El Cucuy.

“We are big believers in research,” stated Murdy of the development of “El Cucuy,” “particularly when we take on someone else’s cultural heritage. We wanted to make sure that we got it right, and I think it’s incumbent on us (to do so). I mean, if you go on Wikipedia and read about El Cucuy there’s not that much (information) so we talked a lot with our friends at Telemundo and had brainstorming sessions. A lot of it though is also completely original.”

As for the maze’s voice actor, “I literally had the voice of Danny Trejo in my head while I was writing it,” Murdy told us of Trejo’s involvement. “I didn’t know him, but we got in touch with his people, and it was really cool that he was into it, and it was fun to record him because he’s such a unique talent and has such a voice. It’s funny because he was telling me that he used to terrify his friends with the story of El Cucuy.”

While we don’t want to give much more away in terms of the narrative and scares (these attractions are best experienced without heavy spoilers), you can check out our photo gallery above, and keep your eyes on Dread Central for our annual coverage of the Eyegore Awards and the grand opening of “Halloween Horror Nights,” which kicks off this coming Friday, September 20th.

More info on “Halloween Horror Nights” is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.

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

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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

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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

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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!

Synopsis:

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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