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Screamfest LA 2013 Exclusive: Adam Gierasch and Ashlynn Yennie Talk Schism World PremiereWith writer/director Adam Gierasch’s noir horror thriller Schism set for its world premiere Saturday, October 12, at 7:30pm at Screamfest LA, read on for our chat with the filmmaker and star Ashlynn Yennie as well as a look at some stills!

Produced by Gierasch, Jace Anderson, Kate Hoffman and Ray Markovich, Schism stars Yennie (The Human Centipede), Callum Blue (Columbiana), Vinnie Jones (The Midnight Meat Train) and Nicole LaLiberte (Girls Against Boys) and revolves around Dylan White (Blue), a New Orleans native who leads a normal, boring life until horrific visions begin to interrupt his waking moments and he’s forced to face the fact that he literally doesn’t know who he is.

Chatting with Schism director Gierasch, who along with his wife and long-time writing partner, Jace Anderson, penned the flick (the duo’s previous writing credits include the horror features The Mother of Tears, Autopsy and the Night of the Demons redux, the latter two he helmed), the filmmaker stated of this most recent foray into bad men, bad dames, bad sex and bad intentions, “Schism is my most personal film so far, and I’ve been wanting to make it forever. I didn’t think I’d ever get the chance.”

Of the film’s inception, “It all started in the Burbank airport,” he said. “Jace and I were going to somewhere in Texas to visit her family for Thanksgiving, and it was one of those awful trips involving layovers and plane changes; pure hell. I really didn’t want to go. Basically, I pressured her into not getting on the plane, and we stayed in LA for the weekend. On the way home all I could think was, ‘Am I damned for doing this?’ That’s where the idea came from. I started thinking about stories involving guilt and redemption. Can you change your fate, or are you damned forever once you fuck up? Can you ever truly make amends? I should mention that I’m a nice Jewish boy from upstate New York, so while the guilt part makes sense, the Christian overtones don’t.”

“As for the writing process,” Gierasch continued, “it was the same as it always is. I do structure and story, and Jace puts it on the page. I will say that in the earlier drafts some of the set pieces were even more graphic than they are now, and Jace refused to put the phrase ‘vaginal lips’ in the script. We argued about that one a lot.”

Pertaining to the shooting locale of New Orleans and how it informed the tone of Schism, “It’s just such a great location,” said Gierasch, who had returned to the city for another filmic go (he’d shot Night of the Demons there previously). “There’s so much texture and history,” he continued. “And there’s so much true scuzziness, which was perfect for Schism. The motel where we shot the Dylan and Marlena scenes was truly awful. During the [location] scout we walked into one of the rooms, and there was fresh blood on the bed.”

In regards to the casting of actress Ashlynn Yennie (known to horror fans for her turns in the first two The Human Centipede films) in Schism, “I loved her in The Human Centipede and called her in for an audition,” offered Gierasch, “and she just lit up the room, which was perfect for the role of Brandy. I can’t say enough good things about working with her. She’s up for anything and is a joy to have on set.”

“Working with Adam and Jace was amazing,” actress Yennie chimed in. “I was so honored to be a part of their film, dream and vision for Schism. I originally was asked to audition for the part of Marlena, but they later asked me to read for Brandy, and it was exactly the role I had been looking for. Having done shocking films (The Human Centipede 1 & 2), I wanted to do a part that was more like who I am as a person. Brandy is warm, inviting, caring, sarcastic and strong, and did I mention I got to play opposite the very talented Callum Blue? What girl wouldn’t love that?!”

In addition to the Screamfest premiere of Schism, the Richard Greenwood-directed short film The Wretched Prologue, in which Yennie stars, is also slated for its premiere at the fest.

“The Wretched Prologue is awesome,” commented the actress, “I mean, who doesn’t love a zombie apocalypse with Roman soldiers? I play Claudia, the wife of Marcus, the leader of the Roman Army. Everyone thinks a plague has spread but it’s actually zombies, and it’s pretty amazing!”

As for the premiere of Schism and his thoughts on the finished film, filmmaker Gierasch stated, “I’m thrilled for it to be in Screamfest and to be premiering here in LA, [but] I’m a neurotic director. One minute I love the film; the next I think it’s a disaster. Seriously, I made a weird noir horror art film. And it’s pretty terrifying when it’s about to come out because of course you want everyone to love it, but the intent was always for it to be this edgy, weird, cross-genre thing. So hopefully that’s what it is.”

For more on Screamfest, which runs October 8th to the 17th at the Laemmle NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601), visit Screamfest’s website, “like” Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter.








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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!


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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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