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Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central Want YOU to Be a Part of ZombieworldSo you’ve made (or are making) what you think is an incredible zombie-themed short film, but you’re having a hard time getting the word out about it. Breaking into the film business isn’t easy, but Jesse Baget’s Ruthless Pictures and DC are about to kick open the door for you!

Listen up, indie filmmakers: Pre-production on the new anthology Zombieworld has officially begun.

Survivors across the world struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings about a zombie apocalypse.

Zombieworld (tentatively titled; subject to change) will be an anthology of blood, guts, and mayhem brought to life by a group of exciting new directors from around the world.

Commenting on the film, Ruthless Pictures producer Jesse Baget (currently in production on the company’s most recent project, Day of the Mummy) said, “As a fan of the zombie genre, I’m excited to be part of this film along with Dread Central. Zombieworld will showcase the unique the vision of young, up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world and inject fresh new blood into the genre.

Here at Dread Central we’ve always been incredibly indie film-friendly so here’s what’s on tap for you guys… Zombieworld already has WORLDWIDE distribution from one of the horror genre’s finest purveyors so we can guarantee that no matter what, you’re gonna get the exposure and notoriety that you deserve. Zombieworld is without question the open door you have been looking for. That being said, here’s how to enter.

Send us your entry via the form you see below with a private link or the actual HD file of your film. From there both Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central staff will watch the films and select the best of the best to be included in the project, and selected winners will also nab themselves $100 in the process. But what if your film is the best of the best? Well then, not only will you be included in the anthology, we’ll also hand over to you a check for $500.

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Things to Keep in Mind When Submitting

  • There is no cost to submit your film.
  • We will be accepting digital files (uploaded private Vimeo and/or YouTube links are welcome).
  • If your film is chosen, you will be required to provide an HD File.
  • Films should be between 5 and 15 minutes long.
  • By submitting your film, you must guarantee that it is your own fully licensed original work (i.e., music rights, etc.).
  • By submitting your film, you will also guarantee that no laws were broken during the filming and making of it (i.e., no animals or people were jeopardized or harmed).
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning April 21st through June 20th. Winners will be announced on Dread Central on June 15th.
  • By submitting your film. you grant us the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us pertaining to this entry for the project’s promotional purposes, without limitations.
  • Check out terms and conditions BELOW for full contest rules.That’s it, kids! Get to it, and good luck!

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    Dreadcentral/Ruthless Pictures Zombieworld Short Film Competition Terms, Conditions and Contest Rules
    Any questions please write to: zombieworldfilm@gmail.com

    Definitions. Capitalized words used herein have the following meanings:

  • “Company” means Ruthless Pictures, LLC (“Zombieworld” or “Dreadcentral”)
  • “Entrant” means an individual who has validly registered to take part in the competition.
  • “Film” or “short” means a film which an Entrant sends to the Zombieworld email address zombieworldfilm@gmail.com.
  • “Terms and Conditions” means these Terms and Conditions.
    Posting Conditions.

    In order to post a Film for the Zombieworld Director Competition, the following must be adhered to;
  • Entrant must enter valid contact details.
  • Entrant must accept these Terms and Conditions and agree to be bound by them.
  • Entrant must first upload your short to Vimeo™ or Youtube™ and then link to the Official Zombieworld email address zombieworldfilm@gmail.com.
  • Entrant must not upload any film which contains third party copyrighted material unless you have obtained prior written approval for your use of same.
  • Entrant must not upload any Film which contains branded segments unless you have obtained prior written approval for your use of same.
  • Entrant must keep your Film between (5) minutes and (20) minutes in length.
  • Entrant film should be full frame 16×9
  • Entrant must make sure to have everybody who appears recognizably in your film execute a talent release form
  • Entrant must make sure all music and songs are cleared for use within this competition by the appropriate parties.
  • Entrant must be of legal age in the jurisdiction in which they live.
  • At the Companies’ direction, entrant maybe asked to deliver a HD version to the Ruthless Pictures office.Entrant must note that your content may become the exclusive property in perpetuity of Ruthless Pictures, LLC, if Ruthless Pictures/Dreadcentral notifies you by email that you are a winner in the competition.

    Content Review.

    By uploading a Film, you agree that:
  • The Company has the absolute right to review and reject at any time any short Film which Company deems, in its sole and absolute discretion, is unacceptable.
  • You understand that Company is not required to give any reason for its determination that a Film is unacceptable.
    Rights.
  • By uploading a Film, you are not transferring any rights of ownership in the Film to Company or any other third party.
  • Members of the public may view Films posted to the Dreadcentral or Ruthless Pictures website
  • After uploading a Film, you are not restricted in your use of the Film and may continue to exhibit it in other venues and online
  • The eventual winners will be announced on May 21st, 2014 and his/her short will be included in the Zombieworld feature film.
  • By uploading your Film, and in consideration for Company agreeing to accept your Film in this competition, you are granting Company an exclusive and irrevocable option to acquire all the rights in your Film should it win the competition. The Company may exercise its option at any time it chooses within 3 months of the end of the competition by notifying you by email. On exercise of the option and payment of a one-off payment of USD$100, the Company shall become the owner in perpetuity of your Film and shall be entitled (but not obligated) to include the Film in the Company’s production “Zombieworld”.
  • Grand prize winner will receive $500 and have their film included in the Zombieworld feature film.
  • If your Film is selected as the winner of the competition you agree to participate in reasonable publicity and promotional activities as required by Company and agree that the Company may publish your name and biographical information via the Company’s website and any other media. If your Film is included in the Company’s production “Zombieworld” you agree that the Company is entitled to publish your name, appearance, and biographical details in connection with the Film.
  • If your Film is selected as one of the winners of the competition you agree, if required by the Company, to enter into a director agreement or similar in connection with your participation in the Company’s film on the usual terms and conditions applying to such agreements.
    Your Representations and Warranties. You represent and warrant that you have the full right and authority to upload and send your Film to the Zombieworld email address zombieworldfilm@gmail.com and that the posting of same will not violate any rights of any persons.Indemnity.
    You hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold Company harmless if Company incurs any loss, cost, or expense (including attorneys’ fees), due to any claim by you or any other parties relating to the submission of your film or the posting of your Film on the Dreadcentral official website.

    Notices.
    All notices shall be in writing and shall be delivered by e-mail to each party’s last known email address.

    Entire Agreement.
    These Terms and Conditions and the other items referred to herein represent the complete agreement of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof.

    Amendment.
    The Company reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting notice thereof on its website. Upon posting, the amended Terms and Conditions and the other items referred to herein shall represent the complete agreement of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof.

    Governing Law.
    These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of the United States of America.

    Disclaimer.
    It is possible that Films which you submit may be downloaded or copied by third parties without Company’s permission, and you waive any claim against the Company for such actions.

    Further Actions.
    You agree to execute any and all documents and take any other actions reasonably required to effectuate the purposes of these Terms and Conditions. You grant us a power of attorney for such purposes (it being acknowledged that such appointment is irrevocable and coupled with an interest) with full power of substitution and delegation if you fail to do so within five (5) business days of our written request.

    Execution.
    By clicking the “I Agree” check box and submitting the form above, you are “signing” these Terms and Conditions for all purposes under applicable law.

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Fearsome Facts – Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

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Sir Christopher Lee returned to portray the charismatic count of Transylvania in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) for the first time since taking on the iconic role in 1958’s Horror of Dracula – an eight year absence. 

And while Lee endured a love/hate relationship playing the Carpathian Count over the years, the actor reluctantly tackled the role a total of 10 times for the Silver Screen. Three of those performances came outside of the purview of Hammer Horror, but this list is dedicated to the first Hammer Dracula sequel to feature the return of Christopher Lee in the lead role.

Now, here are 5 Things You May Not Know About Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

5. Dracula: Speechless

Dialogue never played a crucial part in Christopher Lee’s portrayals as Count Dracula, but this film is the epitome of that contentious notion. Lee doesn’t utter a single word during Dracula: Prince of Darkness’ 90 minutes of run time. In interviews over the years, Lee said that he was so unhappy with his lines that he protested and refused to say them during the filming process. “Because I had read the script and refused to say any of the lines,” Lee said in an interview at the University College of Dublin.

However, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster insisted that the original script was written without any dialogue for Dracula. There was even a theory that circulated for a time which postulated that Hammer could not afford Lee’s growing salary, so the studio decided to limit the Count’s screen time. Did this lead to the demise of Dracula’s dialogue? Regardless of whom you want to believe, Dracula is the strong, silent type in Prince of Darkness. 

4. Double Duty for Drac

Hammer Film Productions doubled down, so to speak, on the production and post-production aspects of Dracula: Prince of Darkness. First, the studio filmed the vampire flick back-to-back with another project titled Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966). In doing so, Hammer used many of the same sets, actors – including Francis Matthews and Suzan Farmer – and crew members to shoot both motion pictures.

Second, Dracula: Prince of Darkness was featured in a double billing alongside the film The Plague of the Zombies (1966) when it screened in London. Insert cheesy cliche: “Double your pleasure, double your fun with Doublemint Gum.” 

3. Stunt Double Nearly Drowned

Dracula: Prince of Darkness introduced a new weakness in the wicked baddie, but it nearly cost a stuntman his life. During the film, it was revealed that running water could destroy Dracula. Wait, what? Apparently, leaving the faucets on at night not only prevents frozen pipes, but blood-sucking vampires, too.

All kidding aside, it was during the climactic battle scene in which Christopher Lee’s stunt double almost succumb to the icy waters on set. Stuntman Eddie Powell stepped in as the Count during that pivotal moment, as Dracula slipped into the watery grave, but Powell was trapped under the water himself and almost died.

2. Lee Loathed What Hammer Did to Stoker’s Character

Christopher Lee’s return to Hammer’s Dracula franchise was a stroke of genius on the part of producers, but Lee was more than a little reticent when it came to initially voicing his dislike for playing the iconic role. As mentioned above, a lot of speculation swirled around the lack of dialogue given to Lee in the Prince of Darkness script. And if you don’t count the opening flashback sequence, which revisits the ending of Horror of Dracula (1958), Count Dracula doesn’t appear on screen until the 45-minute mark of the film.

Dracula’s lack of character, and presence, began to affect Lee particularly when it came to signing on to play the character in the three films following Prince of Darkness. Indeed, the lack of meaningful character development led to Lee initially turning down Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Scars of Dracula (1970). Lee said in countless interviews that he never got to play the real version of Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker, at least via Hammer Studios. This was a true disappointment to the late actor.

But Hammer guilt Lee into taking on the role over and over again, because the studio claimed to have already sold the aforementioned films to the United States with Lee’s name attached to the projects. Hammer informed Lee that if he didn’t return the company would have to lay off many of their workers. The tactic worked, since Lee was friends with many of the Dracula crew members. Fortunately for fans, Lee kept coming back for blood.

1. Faux Pas

Outside of the character of Dracula only appearing on screen for the last half of the movie, Dracula: Prince of Darkness had even more pressing issues that unfortunately survived all the way to the final cut of the film. One of the most appalling of these occurrences happens during the picture’s climatic confrontation. Watch the skies above Dracula and you will see the trail of a jet-engine plane staining the sky.

Another faux pas occurs in this same sequence when Dracula succumbs to the icy waters. Watch closely as the camera’s long shot clearly reveals the pivots holding the ice up underneath Chris Lee. Finally, watch the dead girl who is being carried during the opening funeral sequence. She is clearly breathing and quite heavily at that.

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Which Dracula: Prince of Darkness moments did you find the most interesting? Were there any obscure facts you would have enjoyed seeing make our list? Sound off on social media!

 

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Carnivore: Werewolf of London Howls on VOD

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Joining the ranks of The Curse of the Werewolf, An American Werewolf in London, The Company of Wolves, and Dog Soldiers, Carnivore: Werewolf of London is the latest in a long series of fantastic British werewolf movies. Directed by Knights of the Damned’s Simon Wells, the film focuses on a couple trying to save their relationship by taking a vacation in a remote cottage, but rekindling their old flame soon proves to be the least of their worries as they learn that something with lots of fur and lots of teeth is waiting for them in the surrounding woods.

Carnivore: Werewolf of London stars Ben Loyd-Holmes, Atlanta Johnson, Gregory Cox, Molly Ruskin, and Ethan Ruskin, and is available to purchase now on Google Play, Amazon Video, iTunes, and Vudu, although it doesn’t appear to have received a physical release as of yet.

More information about Carnivore: Werewolf of London is available on the film’s official Facebook account, along with a ton of production photos.

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John Carpenter … NOT DEAD!

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We currently live in a world of false alarms. Within the last several days we’ve suffered everything from warnings of doomsday to Rotten Tomatoes accidentally celebrating the passing(!) and career of the very much still alive John Carpenter.

That’s right, kids; earlier today RT tweeted, “John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today! We celebrate his birthday by looking back at his five favorite films.” The tweet… has since been deleted.

We are here to tell you… John is very much alive! Alive and well, even. Carpenter himself responded on Twitter by alerting the site that “despite how it appears, I’m actually not dead.

This is great news indeed. One of horror’s best and brightest is still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Now then, let’s take this time to celebrate the man’s birthday PROPERLY by talking about our favorite films of his. Speaking personally for myself…

Prince of Darkness is a movie that both unnerves and scares the hell out of me. One of Carpenter’s most thought-provoking works is just as frightening now as it was when we first received that grainy transmission as a dream from the year…

Tell us your favorite Carpenter movie in our comments section below.

…and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!

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