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The Blood Stream: ProteusThe Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!

Lame title notwithstanding, 7 Nights of Darkness is a totally enjoyable found footage horror movie I’d never heard of before. If you’ve got nothing to watch and you’re even remotely fond of paranormal investigations, you should totally check it out.<7nights2.png>

The film is presented as cobbled-together footage from an unaired reality TV competition. Title cards explain that six strangers were sent into a spooky old building called The Madison Seminary with video cameras, sleeping bags and a list of tasks to complete. At the end of seven nights, whoever hadn’t run off in terror would split a million dollar prize. But, we’re told, no prize money was ever claimed. Duhn duhn DUHN!

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Okay, sure, that setup is so worn out it could apply to half of those god awful Scary Movie spoofs. But when you’re dealing with horror so obscure it went unnoticed by Dread Central, a recycled concept is generally the least of your worries. To my great delight, that totally forgivable lapse in originality is among 7 Nights of Darkness’ more prominent flaws. That means it is otherwise surprisingly good.

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Perhaps the most prominent flaw is the distractingly terrible actress who plays Lina, a babbling idiot who insists on invoking the spirits when everyone else just wants to lay low and get paid. Thankfully most of her dialogue happens in the first third of the movie. I really warmed up to her once she stopped talking.

Aside from Lina, the cast is decent. Amateur, but serviceable. They get tongue-tied during heated group discussions, which tend to break down into directionless cacophonies of f-bombs and douchebags. But just as often their ad-libs bring an organic quality to a relatively flat script. While investigating a supposedly haunted bathroom, for example, one of the group heckles true believer Lina by quipping, “EMF stands for everybody makes fudge…” They even occasionally deliver a few profoundly relatable lines like, “I don’t want to be the last one! Please, somebody get behind me!”

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Granted, like most found footage horror movies, the tension in 7 Nights is sustained only through faulty logic and myriad bad decisions. Stretching it out over seven nights when five would suffice just makes it that much harder to stomach. The needle on my bullshit meter just about broke off when one character’s face transformed on camera, yet no one ran screaming out the front door. When the camera guy reports what he saw to the others, no one believes him. A five-minute shouting match ensues, but he never thinks to show them the indisputable video evidence he’s holding in his hand.

You wouldn’t be wrong to call 7 Nights of Darkness a lower budget Grave Encounters (even though 7 Nights was probably shot first). Both are found footage horror based around the reality show shtick and both incorporate body morph CG for scares. The effects in Grave Encounters, however, are gratuitous, making the whole movie feel like the frenetic climax of Paranormal Activity 2. 7 Nights’ lack of budget imposed a certain restraint that was absent from its better known cousin. There are a few clumsy CG effects, but mostly the haunting is accomplished via camera tricks and lens filters. It feels old fashioned. Like 80s TV, but in a good way. Earnest.

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Is it The Blair Witch Project? Of course not. But it’s way better than it has any right to be, and I definitely bit on more than one jump scare. If you’re desperate enough to be reading this, 7 Nights of Darkness is worth your time.

If you can’t be bothered with the work of enthusiastic amateurs, I don’t know, watch Paranormal Activity 4. Also available for free for Amazon Prime subscribers, PA4 is a slicker haunted house movie with bigger scares, better performances, more deliberate direction and infinitely higher production values. Then again, it’s also an irrational, shark-jumping attempt to wring a few more dollars out of a franchise that should have quit while it was ahead. Maybe add 7 Nights to your watchlist anyway, just in case.

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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New Alien First-Person Shooter Video Game in the Works

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“Game over, man. Game over!”

I’m not one for playing video games but even I will have to check out this new first-person shooter set in the Alien universe currently in the works at FoxNext Games.

This new and untitled game is the first original Alien-inspired game since “Alien: Isolation” and Cold Iron Studios is developing the game after recently being acquired by Fox (and now Disney).

“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship, and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” said FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”

“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe,” said Cold Iron CEO Craig Zinkievich. “Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead.”

How excited are you for a new Alien game? Let us know below!

A release date hasn’t been announced yet but we’ll let you know when we hear more!

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