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Freaks, will you be in Orlando this weekend? Do you have a hankering for horror movie stars, Rocky Horror, live music, and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds? I know you do because I watch you while you sleep, and it is apparent that you want to go to Screamfest.

What is Spooky Empire’s Screamfest? I’ve taken the liberty to rip this straight from their front page to help you out:

Get ready for Florida’s Largest Horror Convention … brought to you by your groovy ghoulie friends at Spooky Empire.

It’s the 4th Annual Screamfest 2006. You thought last year was big, you haven’t seen anything yet! We thought it would be tough to top 2005, but wait and see what we have in store for 2006! Our goal is to make Screamfest not just Florida’s Largest Horror Convention, but THE Largest Horror Convention!

This year’s location is The Wyndham Resort in Orlando, FL – that’s right – Screamfest is taking over Orlando…and what better weekend than Friday the 13th! That’s October 13-15, 2006.

Sounds good so far? Yes, it does. The Wyndam Resort is located directly off I-4 just a couple of miles from Universal Studios Florida. It’s easy to get to and located smack dab in the middle of International Drive, the promised land of touristy goodness.

There’s plenty to see at the show including some classic horror faces like Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead and The Devil’s Rejects), Rowdy Roddy Piper, Candyman Tony Todd, Tom Savini and Troma’s main man Lloyd Kaufman to name just a few from a very, very long list.

Dread Central will also be representing at the show thanks to Sean Clark and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds. Sean even has his own panel at 3:00 pm on Saturday, the 14th. I too will be there snapping pictures.

Don’t forget the bands. A total of eight bands, Killer Robots and Gargamel to name two, will be playing Friday through Saturday. There’s plenty to see, do, and … well, it is Orlando. What isn’t there to find to amuse oneself? Just stay away from that dirty, dirty mouse.

Kryten Syxx

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Comet TV to Bring Kaiju Double-Feature Goodness Throughout the Summer

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Having been without cable or basic TV channels for nearly 25 years (note: I got cable service solely for Twin Peaks: The Return and haven’t turned on my cable box since), the world of television slips me by with great regularity. I hear about good shows from friends on occasion and that’s about it when it comes to my interaction with that world. But over the past few months, I’ve been made aware of Comet TV, a channel devoted to sci-fi, monster features, horror, and basically wonderful genre fare. It’s almost enough to get me to reach for my XFINITY remote. Almost…

This summer, Comet TV is planning on keeping it hot with a gargantuan dose of fire breath by featuring kaiju double-features every week. Beginning this Sunday and running through early September, the channel will air a film from the Godzilla franchise followed by a non-Godzilla giant monster flick. If you’re craving destruction, destruction, and more destruction, sounds like this is gonna be right up your alley!

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Exclusive: How’d You Lose a Body, FERAL?

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Coming this Friday to select theaters and VOD platforms is IFC Midnight’s zombie horror film Feral, which follows a group of friends in the woods who, one by one, begin turning into zombies after a disease rampages through their ranks. We’ve got our hands on a clip from the film, which features Scout Taylor-Compton and Lew Temple looking over the site of a grisly mess of viscera wondering what happened and where the body could have gone.

Your best friend has just been infected with a horrifying virus that will soon turn her into a rabid, rampaging cannibal-zombie. Do you: a) try to save her? or b) kill her before she kills you? That’s the nightmarish scenario six students find themselves facing when their celebratory camping trip goes terrifyingly wrong. One by one, each falls victim to the “feral” disease, until only Alice and Jules — two girlfriends testing the waters of their new relationship — are left standing, armed with a shotgun and holed up in a remote cabin. They’ve got a hell of a fight before them if they hope to survive…

Written by Adam Frazier and directed by Mark H. Young, Feral stars Scout Taylor-Compton, Olivia Luccardi, Lew Temple, Renee Olstead, Brock Kelly, Landry Allbright, and George Finn.

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Exclusive: Move Over Winchester, It’s Time For HINSDALE HOUSE to Shine

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We got some rather interesting news as we’ve been told that Steve Stanulis (Clinton Road) will be writing and directing Hinsdale House, a supernatural horror film about making a horror film within the house itself. The film will be produced by Maurice DiVirgilio and Frank Mandarino and it’s slated to begin shooting later this summer.

The way we’re told, the film follows a director who brings his cast to the Hinsdale House, telling them that they are not allowed to bring their cellphones so that they can get a better feel for the environment. While there, things start to go terribly wrong. The film is being pitched as Cloverfield meets Blair Witch meets Paranormal Activity.

Stanulis tells Dread Central, “My wife is a big fan of Ghost Adventures and we happen to catch an episode on television that explored the Hinsdale House. Nobody could stay in the house for more than 2 hours. It was intriguing. After doing some research and calling the actual home’s owner and finding out that even he doesn’t go anywhere near it, I just knew I had to do an on-location film about it. Nothing about the house had been done before in regards to a feature film and, as a filmmaker, that is super exciting. And I just know the actors will really be on edge while filming this, which will only make it even better.

The Hinsdale House, which is in Hinsdale, New York, gained notoriety after the book Echoes of a Haunting was published and detailed the paranormal events witnessed and experienced by Clara and Phil Dandy, along with their children in the early 1970’s. Supposedly they had a priest perform multiple exorcisms at the house but to no avail as the family was forced to move out. Both Discovery Channel and TLC aired episodes about the house.

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