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Box Office: The Purge May Become an American Box Office TraditionThus far this year not a single horror movie has been able to gross more than $33 million. The Purge: Anarchy nearly topped that in its opening weekend. Perhaps purging is on its way to becoming an American tradition after all.

The Purge opened to $34 million a little over a year ago. The hastily produced follow-up brought in $28 million its opening weekend. That was good enough to boost the Universal/Blumhouse production to second place for the slow weekend that continued to be dominated by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Given the initial installment of The Purge was made for $3 million and this heavily John Carpenter-inspired follow-up cost only $9 million, the likelihood of this becoming an ongoing franchise seems assured. We’ll know for sure that The Purge has achieved franchise status when The Asylum produces a mockbuster entitled The Binge.

As mentioned, apes ruled the box office for the second week in a row. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took in $36 million in its second weekend, bringing its two-week total to $139 million. Safe to say we can expect the next “(BLANK) of the Planet of the Apes” in 2-3 years. Given how movie titles work these days and the franchise has already used “rise of” and “dawn of,” I’m fully expecting the next film in the series to be titled either Age of the Planet of the Apes or Resurrection of the Planet of the Apes.

Remember Deliver Us from Evil? The “inspired by true events” demonic possession police procedural has already dropped out of the top 10 and looks to end its theatrical run at just barely over $30 million.

Unless you count the terror of tornadoes (Into the Storm), the horror genre doesn’t return to the big screen until the end of August, when As Above, So Below and Jessabelle open on the same weekend…

What’s that? Oh? Jessabelle has been bumped to November and will debut simultaneously on VOD, meaning its originally scheduled wide release will now most likely be a limited run. Does this mean that Jessabelle is a casualty of Hollywood taking notice that audiences aren’t flocking to ghostly horror films like they had been?

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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