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Another boatload of new horror on DVD come Tuesday, October 9th! Here’s what you’re getting…

28 Weeks Later (2007)
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Now this is a great way to start your DVD buying week! The sequel to 28 Days Later is not so much better than the first, but actually just a damn good follow-up. If you can ignore some of the glaring plot holes, the overall story and the way the infection is re-introduced is pretty damn cool! Don’t forget, look for me, Johnny Butane, in the opening minutes, right as the infected break through the window into the cabin. I’m only there for a split second but I am there, damnit! Check out the DVD review of 28 Weeks Later for more! Buy it here!


American Silent Horror Collection
Directed by Various

As the title implies, this is a great collection of some of the best horror films that were made before the age of “talkies” made them all but obsolete. This set includes classics like The Man Who Laughs, The Penalty, The Cat and the Canary, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Kingdom of Shadows. The last is a documentary narrated by Rod Serling from 1998, following the path of horror movies from the turn of the century to the end of the silent ear. Great stuff! Buy it here!


Black Sheep (2006)
Directed by Jonathan King

I really hate this cover. A lot. I mean, there were at least three or four very cool posters that were used to promote Black Sheep during it’s theatrical run, and this was the best the could come up with? Ugh. No matter, though, cause the film is great; an experimental drug in New Zealand turns all 40 million sheep in the country into homicidal monstrosities! Hilarity of the Peter Jackson/Sam Raimi variety ensues! Read our Black Sheep DVD review for more on the disc, and check out our on-camera interview with director King from Tribeca here to learn about the movie! Buy it here!


Blood Sisters/Bloody Tease (2003/2004)
Directed by Joe Castro/Brad Sykes

Seriously, everyone out there; stop with the “Grindhouse” bullshit on all your goddamn DVD releases! It’s only the smaller companies that are doing it, too. Acquire good movies and sell them by word of mouth, not cheap shot-on-DV vampire movies with blood and boobs. Aren’t people sick of that yet? End rant. And from what I could find, yes, both movies are about vampires. Though one has a strip club, can you guess which one? Buy it here!


Deadwood Park (2006)
Directed by Eric Stanze

As a child, Jake was in town just long enough to see the place become a center of tourism thanks the titular park out by the edge of town, a prosperity that came to a screeching halt when the child murders started. Shortly after that, Jake and his parents got out of the small town. Now he’s back as an adult, of course, where his own brother was taken from him, and is determined to discover what happened all those years ago and if the person responsible is still alive. Buy it here!


Dracula’s Dirty Daughter (1999)
Directed by Michelle Pacitto

I don’t know, do you think that fact that this was directed by a woman will help or hinder it in the long run? I guess “the long run” isn’t very accurate since it’s already been out for almost a decade, but you know what I mean. Man oh man, but what a bad title, eh? It would work perfectly if this were a porn but something tells me its anything but. It is about a lesbian vampire, though, which has to lead to at least one or two good scenes, right? Buy it here!


Evil in the Bayou/Bagman (2003/2002)
Directed by Stephanie Beaton/Rae Fitzpatrick

All right, another double dose of movies you’ve never heard of! Just what you wanted for Halloween, right? Sorry, it just seems like everyone out there is putting out these low budgeters and its becoming harder and harder to find the gems in them. But I digress. Here we have the riveting story of voodoo worshipers trying to bring Satan to Earth in Evil in the Bayou and Bagman is about a disfigured boy who is murdered by his classmates and comes back to life when a girl who lived through it goes back to the town. Buy it here!


Evil Unleashed/Zombie Chronicles (2003/2001)
Directed by Joe Castro/Brad Sykes

But wait, they’re not done yet! This time we have evil being unleashed in Evil Unleashed, which deals with a mummy waking up and taking his revenge on those who disturbed his slumber. And, if the listing on Amazon is right, this will be the third time that Evil Unleashed has been unleashed! Zombie Chroniciles is about … well, I couldn’t find much (didn’t look to hard, either), so lets just say it’s a movie about zombies! Eating people! Buy it here


Eyes of the Werewolf/V-World: The Matrix (1999)
Directed by Jeff Leroy/Ron Ford

Now that is some bad Photoshop work, my friends. On both covers, actually, but Eyes of the Werewolf is much worse. Ugh. In that movie, a shifty doctor performs an accidental eye transplant. I’m sure that happens a lot. Problem is that the eyes come from; you guessed it, a werewolf. V-World: The Matrix sounds like a softcore version of The Matrix, in which some gamers enter a virtual world where any sick and deprived fantasies can be acted out without real world consequences. Soon it turns into a battle for their lives, however. Buy it here!


Fox Horror Collection
Directed by John Brahm

What we have here is a collection of John Brahm-helmed horror films from Fox, re-packaged with a cool piece o’ box art but not much else. In here you will find what I believe is the 1944 version of Hitchcock’s The Lodger, The Undying Monster, about a werewolf who prowls the night but only targets members of a specific family, and Hangover Square, about a man who suffers from blackouts and always finds about new murders that took place while he was out. Buy it here!


Hallowed Ground (2007)
Directed by David Benullo

Rest Stop hottie Jamie Alexander stars in this tale of a young woman (her) who becomes stranded in a small town. No AAA, I guess. Anyway, after a series of chance encounters she discovers that her arrival there was foretold a century ago by an evil preacher. Now he’s looking to make his way back to life and he’s going to use her as a conduit. Or something along those lines. All I know is that there’s an evil scarecrow in it so it can’t be that bad, right? Buy it here!


Heartland Horrors, Volume One (2007)
Directed by Patrick Rea and Kendal Sinn

An anthology of Kansas produced short films. Tales found on the disc include “The Thing About Bannon’s Lookout,” in which two police officers uncover a chilling secret on a deserted road; a mime and a clown engage in a deadly game of one-upmanship in “The Last Laugh”; a copier delivers a warning from the beyond in “Copy”; and a hunter gets some gory comeuppance in “Shed Out of Luck.”Buy it here!


Holla (2007)
Directed by H.M. Coakley

Let’s examine the box art for Holla, shall we? First off, there’s a quote at the top that this movie “single handedly raises the bar for urban horror”. All right, that’s not really much of an accomplishment when you get down to it if you realize just how low said bar was to begin with. Then there’s the immortal tagline: “Don’t Run… Haul Ass!” Tell me that doesn’t make you chuckle just a bit. So really, who cares what the movie is about, anyway, it’s the box art that sells it in the end. Buy it here!


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Directed by Wallace Worsley

The first filmed version of Victor Hugo’s classic book, the 1923 version of Hunchback features the immortal Lon Chaney, Sr. in one of his classic roles, as the deformed Quasimodo, who falls in love with the beautiful Esmerelda and the drama that ensues. The “Ultimate Edition” of this features a high-def transfer from the original print, a new orchestral score, essays, 3-D still gallery, and behind the scenes footage of Lon Chaney out of makeup on the set of the film. Buy it here!


Night of the Living Dead 3D (2007)
Directed by Jeff Broadstreet

Oh, God, why? Did this really need to be done again and in 3D? I guess if the filmmakers could’ve kept the tone serious and the mood of impending, global doom in place, and managed to actually utilize the 3D technology correctly, it could’ve been cool. According to the review of Night of the Living Dead 3D we have in our database, none of that actually happened and instead it’s an almost in-name-only redux of Romero’s classic films. So I ask again, why? Buy it here!


Poltergeist: 25th Anniversary Edition (1982)
Directed by Tobe Hooper

Now this is something we all needed, for sure. A nice, cleaned up re-release of one of the coolest ghost movies ever made, I don’t care what some have to say. I went to the theater to see it when it played on Thursday and am happy to say that those in the audience who hadn’t experienced it before were just as freaked out today as they were 25 years ago. This new DVD edition has lots of goodies, plus it comes in a real plastic case instead of the shitty cardboard one it was originally released in which, features be damned, is reason enough for me to get it again; I hate those things. Check out our DVD review of Poltergeist: 25th Anniversary Edition for more! Buy it here!


Raiders of the Damned (2005)
Directed by Miiko Davis

It’s the end of World War III. A biochemical weapon is unleashed that allow the dead to come back to life, hungry as always for the flesh of the living. Of course, the only thing we can do to counteract this outbreak is to send in the one and only Richard Greico, which we do post-haste cause that is how we roll. And he’s the last hope for the survival of the entire human race, which I’m sure isn’t the first time he’s shouldered such responsibilities; he did carry “21 Jump Street” for years, you know. Check out our review of Raiders of the Damned for more! Buy it here!


The Redsin Tower (2007)
Directed by Fred Vogel

The first seriously narrative feature from Toe Tag Pictures, Redsin Tower was a helluva lot better than I expected, as you can tell from my review of it here. The story follows a group of friends who head out the titular structure to party and find out if its really haunted, while one girl among them is unknowingly being stalked by the dork she just dumped; a dork who won’t let anyone be with her if he can’t be. Toe Tag’s releasing this one on their own but don’t worry, there’s still lots of good stuff on the DVD. Buy it here!


Rise: Blood Hunter (2007)
Directed by Sebastian Guttierez

Even though Sony treated this one like shit, only playing Tribeca and spattering of other film fests before a direct-to-DVD release, it’s still a pretty fun movie. Lucy Liu spends a lot of time unclothed or partially unclothed, so there’s that, but there’s also a good amount of blood and fighting going on. Liu plays a reporter who’s turned into a vamp against her will and seeks out revenge on the fuckers that made her that way. Buy it here!


See Jane Run (2007)
Directed by Ryan Webb

Wow, another teenagers in distress movie. Seems to be a pattern this week. Or this month. Or just in horror in general. All right, this one finds four of ‘em in a car who pick up a hitchhiker, and somehow the advice of a local mechanic turns deadly. How can advice kill you? You’ll have to watch it to find out. The teens find themselves trapped in a warped version of the American dream, whatever the hell that means, and only a disturbed mind can escape it. Yeah, I’m lost. Buy it here!


Splatter Beach (2006)
Directed by John Polonia

Erin Brown, the former Misty Mundae, stars in this movie about three out-of-towners joining up with a group of young people for fun and sun on the local beach. Humanoid creatures show up and start eating people, seriously, but partygoers stay oblivious to the slaughter for as long as possible. Sounds like an updated version of The Horror of Party Beach to me, but you be the judge. Buy it here!


Tales From the Grave/Tales From the Grave 2 (2003/2005)
Directed by Stephanie Beaton

Oh goodie, an anthology of cheapy movies! Each on is introduced by a creepy old with who lives in a graveyard, standard practice for witches in case you weren’t familiar, who tells a creepy story about creepy stuff she sees in her creepy crystal ball. You know, the kind of quality horror stories that only Joe Estevez would attach his name to! And you’ll never guess what Tales From the Grave 2 is about! That’s right! More tales from the aforementioned creepy witch. Dear, God, let it end. Buy it here!


The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Directed by Various

Now this is what I’m talking about! Finally Warner Bros. finally got around to releasing this classic on DVD, and not a second too late! A bigger-budgeted version of some classic “Twilight Zone” episodes make up the film, which starts and ends with two men in a car, a scene which freaked the shit out of me when I was a kid, as did the girl with no mouth. Ah, such a good freaking movie. Buy it here!


Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
Directed by Joe Lynch

Finally, we can justify why we love Joe Lynch and all his Lynchian ways here at Dread Central! This sequel finds some stupid reality show contestants dropped in the woods for a survivor show (hosted by Henry Fucking Rollins), which just happens to be the same woods, not forest, that contains the mutant family from the first movie, which is a lot bigger than we first suspected. Keep an eye out for our exclusive downloadable commentary by Joe Lynch, “accidentally” deleted from the final DVD pressing, and check out our Wrong Turn 2: Dead End review for more! Buy it here!


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Vampire Hunter D: The Series Gets Writer For Pilot Episode

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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard news about “Vampire Hunter D: The Series”, the CG-animated series based on Hideyuki Kikuchi’s titular character. However, some new news broke today over at ANN as they’ve reported that Brandon Easton, who is writing the scripts for new Vampire Hunter D comics, has been tapped by Unified Pictures to write the pilot for the series. The pilot will be based on Kikuchi’s “Mysterious Journey to the North Sea” storylines, which make up the 7th and 8th titles in the book series. Unified is making this series in conjunction with Digital Frontier, the Japanese animation studio behind the CG Resident Evil titles.

Easton told the site, “I’ve had to manage the expectations of three entities: the creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, the producers at Digital Frontier and Unified Pictures, and ultimately myself. This means that you have to find new and exciting ways of telling a story that has a set of concrete rules that have been fully established by the novels.

Meanwhile, the studio has also announced that Ryan Benjamin is taking over as the artist and colorist on the Vampire Hunter D: Message From Mars series with Richard Friend inking the issues.

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Ash vs. Everyone: Eight of the Most Exciting Evil Dead/Army of Darkness Crossover Comics

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To the excitement of fans everywhere, long before he even returned in the exceptional “Ash vs. Evil Dead” TV series, Ash Williams found a second life in comic books. His comic history began with the Army of Darkness adaptation by Dark Horse, painted by John Bolton and overseen by Sam Raimi. But it really took off in 2005, when Dynamite obtained the Army of Darkness license and published their first sequel miniseries, Ashes 2 Ashes, about Ash accidentally transporting himself back to the day before he went to the cabin and then trying to stop himself from ever reading the book.

Since then, there have been several more miniseries as well as a few ongoing titles and, well, a whole lot of crossovers. In the 10+ years since Ash firmly planted his feet in comics, he’s teamed up with—or more often, butted heads with—just about everyone. From some of the most classic heroes in comics to some of the biggest horror movie icons, to other Sam Raimi creations and even other characters Bruce Campbell has played.

Narrowing down the most memorable crossovers can be difficult, of course. But the best of them tend to be the ones that actually challenge and sometimes even question Ash as a character. They’re not just about fighting someone he’s never fought before. One of the most appealing things about Ash is that you can put him in just about any situation.

He’s always going to be Ash. He’s always going to think he’s the toughest, even the smartest guy in the room, he’s always going to have that ego trip that will leave every character around him rolling their eyes. He’s always going to sarcastically comment on what he sees. These crossovers, if anything, prove what a successful character he is by showing how well he can be placed into virtually any scenario.

Having said that, most of the following crossovers are absolutely big, dumb fun. And a few of them are genuinely exciting, innovative takes on both the character and the mythology… that also happen to be big, dumb fun.


Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness

OK, so Ash finds himself in the Marvel Universe, which is a great concept in and of itself. But it’s not the main Marvel Universe, as it turns out, it’s the Marvel Zombies Universe. Created by Mark Millar in the pages of Ultimate Fantastic Four, this is a world ravaged by a zombie plague that affected its superheroes, causing them to cannibalize one another. This is obviously a Marvel timeline that’s much more Ash’s speed and so he attempts to help the survivors with the aid of the classic chainsaw/boomstick combo.

This miniseries features several insane, delightful moments like Ash fighting an undead Howard the Duck, unsuccessfully hitting on Dazzler, using the Necronomicon to purposefully raise an army of Deadites to combat the unending hordes of hungry dead heroes, and Dr. Doom opening the doors of his castle as a safe haven to survivors, only for Ash to realize that this safe haven excludes the sick or the elderly.


Darkman vs. Army of Darkness

The idea of putting Darkman and Ash together is all kinds of genius. First and foremost, they’re obviously two Sam Raimi creations—both of them the heroes of cinematic trilogies, even—but they’re also polar opposite characters. Darkman is obviously dark. He was affected by his trauma in a serious way, defined by it, whereas Ash has spent his entire life avoiding his trauma.

The crossover also sees Peyton Westlake’s long-lost love Julie (who he’s been spying on since the event of Darkman III) being turned into a Deadite, referred to by other Deadites as “The Queen of Darkness.” As death isn’t quite as permanent in the Evil Dead universe, the comic takes advantage of this to bring back Darkman franchise villain, Durant.


Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Nightmare Warriors

The second Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash crossover miniseries deserves a mention of its own because of how genuinely insane it is. Whereas the first comic was a sincere combination of the three characters, based off of the actual treatment for the film had it been able to move forward, Nightmare Warriors is entirely its own beast. The story not only unites Ash with nearly every survivor of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series, but involves Freddy becoming a cosmic entity with unlimited power and Jason returning to human form with luxurious hair as a reward for leading a Deadite invasion on Washington, DC.

Baby Jacob from Dream Child and Baby Stephanie from Jason Goes to Hell (both now teenagers) hook up, and Freddy’s Dead protagonist Maggie, as well as Stephanie, wind up joining their respective family businesses and going evil to the point of basically being sexy female versions of Freddy and Jason. It’s not better than the first miniseries by any stretch, but it’s so ungodly bizarre that it absolutely warrants a look.


Army of Darkness: Ash vs. The Classic Monsters

Imagine The Monster Squad with one manchild instead of a group of children. That’s the beauty of Ash vs. The Classic Monsters. As a fan of all of these characters, especially one who considers the modern icons as a part of a longer legacy dating back to the Universal days, it’s great to see Ash interact with these old-school monsters.

Much like The Monster Squad, Dracula serves as the primarily villain for this storyline. Werewolves, mummies, vampires and Frankenstein’s Monster all turn in appearances as well. On top of that, Evil Ash makes a return appearance, teaming up with Dracula and the others to try and take Ash down. It weaves Evil Dead into so many other landscape horror mythologies in a neat way.


Army of Darkness/Xena: Warrior Princess: Why Not?

This crossover manages to top Darkman vs. Army of Darkness by not only having two Sam Raimi helmed properties collide, but throwing two Bruce Campbell characters into the mix as well. Campbell, of course, played Autoclys on the show and you better believe the four-issue comic series has a field day with that. The plot, however, is the real kicker here as it might be the strangest set-up of any of the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness crossovers.

The Wise Man from Army of Darkness flings himself into the present to warn Ash that one of the Mini-Ashes from the windmill sequence of that film got ahold of the Necronomicon and transported himself into the distant past of Xena where he has used Ash’s crafty modern engineering skills for evil, creating all kinds of ridiculous weapons. The crossover was so successful that it spawned two sequels, the most recent of which was released in 2016.


Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator

Evil Dead and Re-Animator are perfectly matched for a crossover. They’re both cult classic franchises of similar stature. They’re also both extremely similar franchises as well, both in terms of tone and style as well as the tongue-in-cheek, often outrageous amounts of gore. Seeing Combs’ interpretation of Herbert West, as well as Ash as we know him and love him interacting is awesome. They’re two completely different characters in just about every way.

The neat thing that this crossover does, though, is that it uses West and Re-Animator to introduce the larger H.P. Lovecraft mythology as well. It’s a nice nod, because the name of the Necronomicon hails from Lovecraft’s stories, so West seeking the book to unlock bigger mysteries of life and death is perfectly fitting. It’s super cheesy, but in a way that feels completely appropriate and delightful.


Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash

Hack/Slash is a wonderful comic so deep-rooted in ‘80s horror lore that it has crossed over with the likes of Child’s Play, Vampirella, Re-Animator and Hatchet. But when it comes to Ash, Cassie Hack and her partner Vlad are butting heads with another likeminded hero. The fact that Cassie is young and attractive and Ash is Ash makes for a great personality clash, because she is exactly the kind of person who would not put up with any of his obnoxious flirtation or advances.

But even despite that, they’re incredibly similar characters. Both of them have alienated themselves from their trauma, put up an isolationist wall, even though they deal with their lack of dealing with their problems in very separate ways. The crossover is great because it’s fun and really well-paced, but it also genuinely reveals things about both characters by pitting them against one another. Definitely one of the best.


Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

This is the big one. Easily the most famous Evil Dead crossover, it has the added bonus of at least at one point being considered as a feature film. Obviously it didn’t pan out, but we’ve still got the crossover based on Jeff Katz’ treatment for what the film could have been. It’s Freddy, Jason and Ash as we know them and love them. It’s a direct sequel to Freddy vs. Jason. It deals, like “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” with Ash being older than the last time we saw him.

On top of that, though, it also gives fans the snowy Friday the 13th they’ve always wanted to see, as the comic is set at Crystal Lake in the dead of winter. In fact, it’s set around the Christmas season, which makes for a few great gags and even gives the whole thing a bigger “event” kind of feel. There’s also a great climactic showdown between the three title characters on the icy lake.


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Watching A Quiet Place’s John Krasinski Get Scared by Freddy on Ellen Will Brighten Your Day

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I was just researching the new Platinum Dunes horror-thriller A Quiet Place and stumbled across this video. It features the film’s writer-director and star John Krasinski getting scared by a man dressed as Freddy Krueger on “Ellen.”

It’s as much fun as it sounds, and I’m sure it will make your day. It sure as hell just brightened mine.

Give it a watch below, and then let us know what you think!

John Krasinski directs the film, which will be the opening night entry at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX. Emily Blunt stars alongside Krasinski, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.

A Quiet Place will then open wide on April 6.

Synopsis:
In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

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