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Executive Producer ... Gary Frederickson?!It must be a surefire sign that I’m utterly burned out on the entire zombie subgenre because word of two new low budget vampire flicks coming to DVD in February suddenly seems like a breath of fresh air to me. Remember when that was pretty much the other way around? Seems like a long time ago, huh?

First up on February 12th is the Image Entertainment release of Soul’s Midnight, a film with quite an interesting pedigree behind it. It may have been written and produced by relative unknowns Brian and Jason Cleveland, but the executive producer of this fangfest is Gray Frederickson, Oscar winning producer of all three Godfather films and Apocalypse Now. Whether or not Soul’s Midnight lives up to that pedigree remains to be seen (Highly doubtful), but I must say it sounds like it has a neat premise that takes the famous legend of “Saint George and the Dragon” and puts a vampiric spin on it. I’ll just quote the synopsis on the website of the film’s production company, American World Pictures:

In the 12th century Saint George vanquished a creature of extraordinary evil. As time passed, fact evolved into legend and the true story of Saint George and the Dragon was buried in time…

Charles, a descendent of Saint George, and Alica, his pregnant wife, are a happy couple that travels to a sleepy Midwest town to attend his estranged father’s funeral. They are graciously invited to stay at the lavish Borgo Hotel, where the eccentric owner Simon (Asante) invites them to enjoy the festival of Saint George.

Their holiday turns to terror when…

Pardon me for interrupting the synopsis but I really have to question the person who worded this synopsis. “Their holiday..?” This couple has made this trip to attend the funeral of one of their parents. Does that sound like a “holiday” trip to you? Anyway, back to the synopsis:

Simon reveals his thirst for blood. As the leader of a Vampire cult he lured Charles and his pregnant wife to his hotel with the intention of capturing their unborn child. As a descendent of Saint George the child possesses untainted blood and will be sacrificed in a ceremony that will resurrect the Dragon — The world’s original Vampire!

Like I said, I totally dig this premise. Unfortunately (Why must there always be an unfortunately?), I then watched the trailer for Soul’s Midnight and it really doesn’t do the film any favors, unless the idea is to make it look like as generic a vampire/devil cult horror flick as possible. Is “Fight the Bite” really the best tagline they could come up with?

We do get a brief glimpse at the gargoyle-esque Dragon, but mostly it looks like generic vampire shtick and all the stuff you’d expect from a “Help; a satanic cult is after my unborn baby!” flick. Not a whole lot of the Saint George tie-in that’s really what could and should set this movie apart from similar films of the genre. I really hope this was just a poorly cut trailer and not a reflection on the finished product. Otherwise, we might be back to bitchin’ about lousy low budget vampire movies again.

Loaded with hasbeens and neverwases!A week later will see the DVD release of Revamped, boasting the tagline “immortality sucks”. Hopefully the movie doesn’t. Suffice to say, this one will be as campy as it is vampy. Here’s a synopsis from the film’s official website.

When successful businessman Richard Clarke is bitten by a beautiful Vampire, he is transformed into a creature of the night and plunges into the dark world of the supernatural.

Richard very quickly realizes that immortality isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and must fight for survival when a militaristic Team of Vampire Hunters, The S.T.A.K.E. Team, discover his existence. Richard is separated from Lilith, the beautiful vampire that originally “turned him”. Searching for his eternal Soulmate, Richard winds up in Club Synister where a Goth promises to lead him to her. He takes him downstairs to a private party, which turns out to be the set for a snuff film.

When a female Vampire-Dominatrix viciously kills her leading man, it becomes obvious that Richard is about to become the next star of the film. When the Dominatrix realizes that Richard is also a Vampire, she and the crew soon become the unwitting talent for their own production.

After viewing the carnage in Club Synisters basement, two L.A. Detectives develop the film and discover Richard’s existence along with his face on celluloid. Through a bizarre course of events, Richard is finally reunited with Lilith, but their bliss is cut short, when they are ambushed by the S.T.A.K.E. Team.

Barely surviving, Richard’s presence is brought to the attention of The Bleeders, a savage underground gang of Vampires bent on survival at all costs.

The Bleeders capture Richard and are attacked by the S.T.A.K.E. Team. All Hell breaks loose and it turns into a war for survival and no one is taking any prisoner’s. Let the Bloodbath begin.

Writer/director/star Jeff Rector has overloaded the cast with recognizable names: Martin Kove, Billy Drago, Sam J. Jones, Fred Williamson, Reggie Bannister, Vernon Wells, R.A. Mihailoff, Kato Kaelin, rising b-movie starlet Christa Campbell, original “American Gladiators” Deron McBee and Raye Hollitt (Malibu and Zap), Carel “Lurch” Struycken, Tane “Cinemax After Dark” McClure, soap opera cutie Alana Curry, Babylon 5‘s Jason Carter, and Saved By The Bell‘s principal, Dennis Haskins, as a satanist. Is this a horror movie or a VH1 reality show cast waiting to happen?

MTI Home Video will be releasing Revamped on February 19th. Check out the trailer on its official website, in only to enjoy the scenery-chewing stylings of Billy Drago. Nobody overacts quite like Drago.

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

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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

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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

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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!

Synopsis:

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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