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Event Report: New York Horror Film Festival ’07



The New York Horror Film Festival (click for larger image)The New York Horror Film Festival is quickly becoming a powerhouse on an East Coast in dire need of more creepy happenings. Every year the show’s organizers strive to deliver a selection of films that is all at once diverse, entertaining and evil as all hell. Before each feature film the audience is treated to a set of short films as well. Some are quick little thoughts of bloody carnage while in others you can see a full length brother waiting to be born. Since the Halloween season is jam packed with events, regrettably, I was only able to attend the second night’s festivities. Here’s what was on tap…

Foet directed by Ian Fischer: Elitism is taken to a new level as a bored, rich woman discovers you can go to extreme lengths to accessorize. Ever wonder what happens to all those aborted children all over the world? Here’s one answer!

Halfway directed by Karl Holt: From the man who brought us last year’s hit Eddie Loves You, in which an unloved plush toy goes berserk on his former owner, we now get a tale in a darker color. A man awakens in a featureless room with a large burlap sack in front of him, which soon begins to writhe and moan. Do you open the bag to help what could be a fellow captive or instantly do your best to escape your confines? The answer is the most unsettling selection of the evening.

Criticized directed by Richard Gale: It’s every reviewer’s nightmare. A newspaper movie reviewer is kidnapped by a psychotic director who seeks retribution after a career crippling review. All at once funny and horrifying, this short had the audience squirming in their seats.

The New York Horror Film Festival (click for larger image)Far Out directed by Phil Mucci (review here): A quick little blast from the past. A wild, drug feuled ’60s party offers far more than free love to its guests. Again, we have a selection that succeeds in spraying blood across its landscape while making those of us messed up enough to get the joke laughing with evil glee. That has always been the best combination for me.

Hostel – Director’s Cut: This was the standard Hostel film we’ve all seen, but with a brand new ending tacked on. You’ll remember Paxton is in the clear after the Asian girl hurls herself in front of an oncoming train. He settles into his seat and as he begins to calm down, he hears the voice of the creepy, hands on “doctor” he’d seen dissecting his friend only hours prior. The doctor greets a young girl on the platform who is clearly a relative and escorts her to the bathroom while he enters the men’s room himself. As in the original, Paxton follows but this time does not attack.

The man exits the stall and finds a scalpel sitting on a nearby sink, a simple glimpse of what could have been. As you come to think Paxton just doesn’t have it in him to kill again, so up close and personally, we notice the man’s little relative is not coming out of the lady’s room. Finally entering to check on her himself, he exits seconds later frantic, screaming her name. We pan across the platform as a train is pulling out of the station. Seated at a window is Paxton, the young girl held tightly in his arms, his hand clasped over her mouth as she struggles to get free. We see a look of anguish on Paxton’s face as the train rumbles out of vision and one of complete terror on the face of the young girl. The hunted has become the hunter, but in a far less appealing and darker turn than we’ve come to know.

The New York Horror Film Festival (click for larger image)Eli Roth was on hand to discuss this alternate ending, explaining the movie company gave him free rein to use whichever ending he desired. Ultimately, they chose one that would smack more of revenge on the evil characters rather than a sort of eye for an eye and ultimately unsympathetic twist. Roth took questions from the audience, launching him into classic Eli “tales of the ridiculous” mode. Seriously, if you haven’t seen Eli do a Q&A solo, you are missing out!

Ever the king of story divergence, Eli treated us to tales entitled “the little girl on the set whose mom was smoking hot” and “dinner with crack heads”, my all-time favorite. Roth was kind enough to take the fans outside and pose for countless pictures, signing anything they’d brought with them. For anyone who likes to badmouth the guy, you need to understand the lengths he goes to to meet with horror fans and talk to them like a real, normal guy. The same can’t be said of a lot of Hollywood people.

The night was highly enjoyable, and the staff of the New York Horror Film Festival handled the large crowd with ease. Dread Central’s usual contribution of pins, tattoos, comics and posters were on hand to make sure every guest came away with a nice bag of free swag. If you missed the show this year, you can now commence kicking yourself in the ass and mark your calendar for next October. The New York Horror Film Festival will return, bigger and better than ever.

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The Dollmaker Short Film Review – Welcome to Heebie Jeebie City!



Starring Perri Lauren, Sean Meehan, Dan Berkey

Directed by Alan Lougher

The loss of a young child drives a mother to take a set of unusual measures to preserve his memory, and all it takes is one call to The Dollmaker.

When the short film by Alan Lougher opens up, we see a rather disturbing image of a little boy inside a casket, and the sound of a grieving mom speaking with an unidentified man in the background – he’s requesting something personal of the child to help “finish” his product, and it’s not before long that mom has her little boy back…well, kind of. What remains of the child is the representation of his former self, although it’s contained within the frame of a not-so-attractive doll, and the boy’s father isn’t a believer in this type of hocus-pocus (or the price to have this constructed, either). The doll comes with a specific set of instructions, but most importantly, you cannot spend more than one hour a day with the doll, or else you’ll go mad thinking that the soul inside of it is actually the person that you lost – sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

Well this is just too good to be true for Mommy, and as the short film progresses, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to her mind – it’s ultimately a depressing scenario, but Lougher gives it that creepy feel, almost like visiting a relative’s home and seeing their dearly departed pet stuffed and staring at you over the fireplace – HEEBIE-JEEBIE CITY, if you ask me. All in all, the quickie is gloomy, but ultimately chilling in nature, and is most definitely worth a watch, and if I might use a quote from one of my favorite films to apply to this subject matter: “Sometimes…dead is better.”

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Chiller Channel Will Be Discontinued This January



Back in March of 2007, the Chiller horror channel was launched. The channel was filled with wall-to-wall horror movies and TV shows.

The channel even tried their hand at original scripted content recently with the series “Slasher, starring Kaite McGrath. The second season just premiered on Netflix.

But it seems like today we have bad news. The end of an era. NBC has decided to shut down the Chiller Channel effective beginning on January 1, 2018.

This news comes to us via the TV Answer Man, with an NBC spokesperson telling the site, “NBC Universal will discontinue Chiller as of January 1, 2018.”

The spokesperson didn’t give any further details on the decision but many believe it has everything to do with Verizon, Charter, and Dish dropping the channel earlier this year.

While those drops weren’t catastrophic, the final nail in the coffin came recently when Cox dropped the channel, effectively pulling it out of around 40 million homes.

Are you sad to see the Chiller channel canceled? How often did you watch content via Chiller? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below.

R.I.P. Chiller

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Another WolfCop Gets Another Poster via The Dude Designs



It was only last week that we shared the bloody new trailer for writer-director Lowell Dean’s upcoming sequel to his hit horror-comedy flick WolfCop.

Today we have another poster for Another WolfCop.

This new poster comes to us from one of my current favorite poster artists, Tom “The Dude” Hodge. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you surely know his work. To refamiliarize yourself, you can check out more of his posters right here.

Below you will find his new poster for Another WolfCop, along with the flick’s newest trailer. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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