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Top 7 Most Shocking Moments from Day of the DeadRejoice, horror fans! Day of the Dead: Collector’s Edition is out now on Blu-ray! Sporting a brand new transfer from the Scream Factory, it looks to provide all of the film’s shocks and incredible F/X work in stunning high-definition!

In celebration of this great new release, were happy to bring you cats the Top 7 Most Shocking Moments from Day of the Dead.

As we all know, Day of the Dead brought zombie F/X work to an entirely new level. Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero created some incredible moments in this film with effects that were totally fresh and shocking. And it’s those magical moments that we remember today with the Top 7 Most Shocking Moments from Day of the Dead.

Of course we have some honorable mentions. The movie starts right off with a shocking moment as we see the infamous zombie ‘Dr. Tongue’ lolling around. He’s simply shocking in his own right. Another cringe-worthy moment is the sight of one of Logan’s experiments: a naked, embalmed baby with a tube down its throat and one up its butt. It’s a really quick look, but that shot packs one helluva punch! We also have to mention the surviving disembodied head discovered by McDermott in Logan’s lab. Eww!

Logan’s Zombie Spills His Guts
At the 23-minute mark of the film, Logan is explaining some of his scientific findings to Sarah. As a conversation is going on between the two of them, one of the zombies Logan is working on reaches up violently and snaps the strap that was holding his arm. The zombie sits up, and when he does, all (and we mean ALL) his guts spill out of his body and onto the floor. Yuck! In conjunction with this, there’s another dream sequence Sarah has where her boyfriend, Miguel Salazar, suffers the same fate with all his innards spilling onto their bedroom floor. Nicely done.

All Hell Breaks Loose!
There are many similarities between Day of the Dead and “The Walking Dead,” and one of them is the fact that zombies are being held hostage for the purpose of researching them. In one scene where the undead are being removed from the holding area, lots of bad, bad things happen. At the 58-minute mark, a zombie gets loose and bites the throat of a soldier named Miller in a beautiful display of F/X mastery. Also at minute 58, another zombie bites Miguel’s arm, and to possibly save him (get ready, fans of “The Walking Dead,” here’s another similarity), Sarah chops off his arm above the bite and cauterizes it with a torch. Meanwhile, the bitten Miller begs Private Steel to shoot him and not let him turn into a zombie. Steel obliges, and the head shot is outstanding!

Frankenstein Feeding a Zombie
Logan, who was referred to as ‘Frankenstein’ by the band of soldiers throughout the film, kept a very special zombie named Bub for research purposes. Bub is Logan’s star student as he attempts to domesticate the zombies. At one point we realize that Logan is feeding this zombie ‘treats’ when it does a particularly good job. The ‘treats’ in question happen to be parts of one of the soldiers killed earlier in the film. All this good fun happens at approximately the 1-hour and 11-minute mark of the movie. Perhaps F/X artist Greg Nicotero harkened back to this scene for inspiration when they were filming “The Walking Dead” sequence where The Governor is feeding human remains to his zombie daughter, Penny.

McDermott Gets Head
McDermott is a member of the helicopter crew who finds a soft spot in his heart for Sarah. This friendship leads to McDermott being abandoned by the military forces into the caverns containing the captured zombies below the base. At the 1-hour and 19-minute mark, he gets quite slick wielding a shovel and manages to lop off the top of a zombie’s head with it. As he walks away with Sarah, we see the head still alive and kicking, eyes moving and all. Did Adam Green draw inspiration for his famous curb stomp scene in Hatchet II after watching Day of the Dead? Possibly.

Torrez Gets Torn Up
The real highlight of Savini and Nicotero’s F/X work comes toward the end of the film as the zombie horde grows and begins to attack the victims. Day of the Dead showed victims being literally torn apart by the undead in a way we hadn’t seen in film before. At the 1-hour and 26-minute mark, Private Torrez finds himself in a bad spot as the zombie horde converges on him. Through the magic of SF/X we see Torrez screaming, and then in the same shot his body begins to be torn apart. His head is removed with the mouth still moving. It’s an amazing practical effect that really comes off looking incredible.

Rickles Has an Eye for Zombies
Shortly after Torrez becomes zombie food, another solider meets a similar fate. Rickles tries to shoot his way out of his predicament but becomes overwhelmed by the sheer number of zombies, and at the 1-hour and 27-minute mark, they begin to disembowel him. One notable zombie pulls at his eyeball while another bites his fingers off, and the rest just grab and tear at whatever they can get. It’s another disturbingly real use of the practical F/X which made Day of the Dead an unforgettable film.

Rhodes Gets Torn in Two
Of course we couldn’t leave out the demise of the ruthless Captain Rhodes. Rhodes is more of a torment to the scientists living in the bunker than the zombies are as he attempts to rule with force. However, karma comes back to get him as he is unknowingly driven into a zombie horde by a gun-toting Bub the zombie. As part of the horde grab the top of him, other zombies rip the bottom of his body off, spilling Rhodes’ guts all over the floor as he defiantly screams at the undead beasts, “Choke on ’em! Choke on ’em!” It was indeed the most shocking moment in a film filled with them.

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Whatever Happened to Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

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Back in April of 2007, we all sat in our local darkened theater and watched as Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s exploitation double feature Grindhouse (review) blew the roof off the place for 3 hours straight.

Well, it’s ten years later, and I think we are all asking ourselves the same question: Where the hell is Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

Like every other human out there, I enjoyed both Tarantino and Rodriguez’s films – along with the fake trailers by Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright – but the big takeaway was Eli Roth’s faux trailer for the greatest 80’s slasher that never was.

So what happened to the feature?

Well, Roth was originally working on the feature back in 2007 after finishing his work helming Hostel: Part II, telling Cinema Blend:

“I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer,” Roth told the site. “And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.”

But then the planned film died out as Grindhouse flopped at the box-office. Following the film’s underperformance, all talks surrounding Edgar Wright and Eli Roth’s Grindhouse double feature spin-off were silenced in a single weekend.

In fact, the last update we received on the possible standalone Thanksgiving film was last year when Roth did a Reddit AMA, and said this about the film’s current development:

“Have a draft not totally happy with. I want to put some more work into it so the film lives up to the trailer. We have the story and mythology cracked so now it’s about getting the kills right.”

Nice. Seemed like the film was making some headway. Nothing to do but gut the T’s and cut the heads off the I’s. But then nothing happened. At all. No updates. No nothing.

With that in mind, we here at Dread Central decided to reach out to Roth personally and see if there were any new happenings in regards to the film. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach him so I guess we’ll all just have to keep wondering and waiting.

Maybe it’s the pressure he no doubt feels making the much loved faux trailer into a feature. After all, he did say this back in 2007: “No matter how many movies I make my whole life, that two-and-a-half minute trailer is what I’ll be remembered for: ‘Eli Roth — he had a guy fucking a turkey with a decapitated head on it.’”

Or maybe the rights to the film were just tied up with the now infamous Weinstein company. But with that company finally going under (thank God) maybe now the rights could be sold off to new producers and finally, we’ll see not only Thanksgiving but features based on Don’t and possibly even Werewolf Women of the S.S.

But I dream…

Until we get the full-length feature flick of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, we can always look back on the comments he made to Rolling Stone way back in April of 2007, in which he talked a bit about the Pilgrim’s backstory.

“My friend Jeff… we had the whole movie worked out,” Roth told the magazine. “A kid who’s in love with a turkey and then his father killed it and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town.”

Jesus, please us. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the f*cking perfect setup/backstory for an 80’s slasher throwback flick set on Thanksgiving.

So ten years later, let me be the one to come right out and say it: Please, Eli Roth, make Thanksgiving. Please. Every horror fan in the world would thank you. Forever.

Sigh…

We’ll make sure to update this article in another ten years.

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Charles Manson Has Died: These Are the Victims of His Murderous Cult

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Sharon Tate

Yesterday brought the news that famed cult leader Charles Manson had passed away at the age of 83. He passed away from natural causes after spending the last 48 years in jail. While he was supposedly never present at any of the murders caused by his “family”, he was convicted of ordering the deaths of several people and sending his followers to commit the horrible acts.

But let us not dwell upon him anymore. Another psychopath passes on and we should continue about our lives. That being said, instead of discussing him any more, I think we need to take this time to say the names of the victims of Manson and his “family”:

Abigail Folger
Wojciech Frykowski
Gary Hinman
Leno LaBianca
Rosemary LaBianca
Steven Parent
Jay Sebring
Donald Shea
Sharon Tate

These people were each taken from this world too soon, robbed of their lives by those who wished to start a “Helter Skelter” race war. They had families. They were sons, daughters, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers… They were innocent people who were murdered by the worst of the worst.

Today, I do not mourn the death of Charles Manson. Rather, I mourn again the death of nine people who had yet to experience and offer all that life brings. I mourn the death of Sharon Tate’s unborn child, who never even got to breathe the same air we breathe now. I feel saddened by the devastating impact that these murders had upon their families, a pain still felt to this day.

Rest in peace to the victims of a man who wanted to incite war and cause divisiveness. May his passing bring you some semblance of peace. And may we forget his name as quickly as possible.

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This Valentine’s Day Experience the Death of Love

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On the hunt for a new comic and like a bit of humor with your horror? Then the upcoming Death of Love from Image Comics should be right up your alley! Dealing with a broken heart? Even better!

Writer Justin Jordan (The Family Trade, Spread) teams up with artist Donal DeLay (You are Not Alone, My Geek Family), colorist Omar Estévez (Heavy Metal Magazine, Batman ‘66), and letterer Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Vertigo Quarterly) for the least romantic Valentine’s comic ever: Death of Love.

“Love is funny. Chainsaws are funny. Love AND chainsaws, therefore, is gonna be super funny,” says Jordan. “Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to see Cupid torn apart in increasingly hilarious ways, this is definitely the comic for you.”

“I just want everyone to laugh the same way they would watching Army of Darkness or This Is the End,” added DeLay.

Issue #1 arrives on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) next year, and we have a preview of several pages to share below.

Synopsis:
Love sucks. And Philo Harris is going to do something about it.

After a particularly bad, drunken decision, Philo gains the ability to see the Cupidae, the creatures responsible for all the love in the world, and declares war on love itself. With a chainsaw.

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