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Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of SoulmateEtheria Film Night is a one-night event showcase of the best new horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films from emerging female directors, headed by the tireless trio of Heidi Honeycutt, Stacy Hammon, and Kayley Viteo.

Several fun events led up to the festival – including the “Dress My Mess” shopping extravaganza sponsored by local vintage clothing stores and a fabulous dinner for the filmmakers and festival peeps hosted by Mo Fitzgibbon.

When the big day finally arrived on Saturday, July 12, 2014, everyone was primed to check out Axelle Carolyn’s feature film debut (and the featured selection), Soulmate, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood, CA.

In Gothic horror tradition, the story follows an emotionally fragile, recently widowed young woman named Audrey (Anna Walton) after she moves to the countryside to pause and reflect before getting her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted, Audrey decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost (Tom Wisdom).

With nearly all practical effects and a phantom presence that’s mostly corporeal (in the same vein as classic ghost movies The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and The Uninvited), this film showcases the natural beauty of its limited locations and makes the most of mystery and suspense to augment its horror and supernatural elements. An excellent score and superb cinematography bring it all home.

In regard to the cinematography – which everyone was talking about after the screening – Carolyn said (in the Q&A) that it was a very happy accident. The DP she originally hired to shoot the film dropped out a mere three weeks before shooting was to commence, and so Carolyn hit the internet and began looking at reels. The one that stood out was, without a doubt, Sara Deane’s. Indeed, Soulmate fit right into the Etheria Film Night edict: female writer-director and DP with a convincing woman in the lead.

When asked why Soulmate was deemed a “video nasty” in the UK, Carolyn laughed and said it’s the most ridiculous thing and was totally unexpected as there is no nudity, excessive gore, sex, or extreme violence in the film at all. The ratings board’s reasoning was, because a suicidal character is shown cutting its veins lengthwise instead of going across the wrist, the film could teach youngsters how to properly kill themselves.

As it stands now, Soulmate is awaiting distribution in the U.S.

Following the screening was a fabulous red carpet cocktail reception in the sprawling art deco style courtyard. Several genre luminaries were spotted, including directors Darren Bousman, Mike Mendez, Don Mancini, and Andrew Kasch; writers Frank Woodward, John Skipp, Jeffrey Reddick, and Jackson Stewart; actors Ruben Pla and Bill Moseley; artist Aaron Kai; and composer Joseph Bishara. Horror personalities Spooky Dan Walker, Snow Mercy, and Jill Kill were also in attendance.

Head over to the Etheria Film Night website or the Etheria Night Facebook page for more info.

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night 2014

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Inoperable starring Danielle Harris Gets New Poster and Limited December Release Date

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Last year we here at Dread Central premiered the trailer for the upcoming Danielle Harris hospital horror flick Inoperable from director Christopher Lawrence Chapman.

Today we have the film’s all-new poster and news that the film will finally be hitting select theaters on December 1st.

I just watched the trailer again myself and I have to say I am really looking forward to the film. I dig the location, the hurricane aspect, the psychological horror of the situation and the whole she-bang.

Count me to check out the film as soon as it hits Blu-ray and/or VOD (hopefully) within the new year. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

What do you think of the trailer and new poster for Inoperable? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Miller. The film stars Danielle Harris, Katie Keene, and Isabella Sofia Menna.

Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps handled the film’s makeup effects, with David Henson Greathouse (Syfy’s “FaceOff”) supervising, and he, Barry Aslinger, and Beki Ingram handling the bulk of the effects. Philip Jessen is unit production manager, Ashley Eberbach is first assistant director, and Bobby Marinelli is production designer.

Inoperable hits select theaters December 1st.

Synopsis:

A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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