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Goal of the Dead (2014)

Goal of the Dead (2014)Starring Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla

Directed by Benjamin Rocher


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Goal of the Dead (2014)Starring Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla

Directed by Benjamin Rocher


On the heels of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, another football-crazed country, France, has combined the two things that have always been proven to bring the masses together in times of peril: the international sport of soccer and the unrelenting hordes of the undead. With Goal of the Dead (first released as a two-parter in its country of origin), directors Thierry Poiraud and Benjamin Rocher have teamed up to create a fast-moving, character-driven zom-com that manages to keep its momentum despite the film being divided up and then slapped back together again for a festival run at the Fantasia International Film Fest.

Cleverly separated into “First Half” and “Second Half” installments, there’s no mystery where the outbreak virus originates (a post-credit sequence in Part 1 gives even more info), and the character carrying the infection winds up having a long-standing connection with the main lead character that pays off later on in the film.

Still full of himself after all these years, famed footballer Sam Lorit (Alban Lenoir) returns to the home field of Caplongue – a town he abandoned 17 years previous to join up with his current squad, the splintered but talented Olympique de Paris. Although the match is just an exhibition, the diehards of team Caplongue are ravenous with anticipation, hellbent on sending Lorit back to Paris with his tail between his legs.

Not soon after the match starts, more carriers race through the gathered crowd, spreading the Z-germ by means of high velocity white vomit preferably applied directly to the mouth and face of the nearest fan. The outbreak personifies the over-excited, near religious fervor of the local football supporters and serves as a microcosm for the international obsession of soccer worldwide. (It’s also pretty disgusting but in that charming, Stand By Me “complete and total Barf-A-Rama” sort of way). Akin more to rabies than rigor mortis, once this killer cocktail is fully ingested, the mayhem spreads from the stands into the streets, where soccer town becomes riot town.

Once team Paris is split up, the story begins to humanize anti-hero Sam Lorit – now trapped in a bar with a cute fan girl (Tiphanie Daviot) – when it’s revealed that he regrets leaving his hometown and once had plans to return before he realized how much the people despised him. On the other end, Paris’ man-child superstar athlete Idris (Ahmed Sylla) remains lost in the bowels of the stadium with an obsessive, weird fan that he would completely ignore in normal circumstances. Both amuse as their egos slowly fade as they’re forced to become more human as the hordes outside become more monstrous.

The “First Half,” directed by Rocher, has plenty of action and humor, but it’s left to Thierry Piraud to deliver the climactic battle in the “Second Half,” where the drama (just as if it were an actual match) kicks into high gear. Each section complements the other well with the tone and style never changing greatly from one “action” call to the next. Some shots of the action on the field in both parts are striking in their scope and composition, adding some cinematic flourishes that are normally reserved for larger affairs. In fact, it looks as if an entire town really was involved during some wide shots showing a staggering amount of extras in full freak-out mode.

All in all, Goal of the Dead continues the above-and-beyond quality level of Shawn and Juan, almost as if an actual epidemic of Romero-esque parody swept across Europe from England to Spain (by way of Cuba) and, finally, small-town France. If anything, transplanting the underlying commentary of mindless consumerism to a lightweight statement on unruly fandom feels fresh. In that respect, Goal of the Dead draws a fun connection between sports buffs and horror fans that reminds us that maybe we’re not so different from each other after all.

4 out of 5

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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Film Will Be Dark and Scary

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s 90’s kid’s horror anthology “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. I even own the entire series on DVD with some of my favorite episodes being “Laughing the Dark” and “Dead Man’s Float”.

It is with this in mind, we are excited as hell to pass along the news that the classic series will be making it’s way to the big screen in the near future!

Gary Dauberman the screenwriter behind such recent horror hits as IT, Annabelle: Creation and The Nun has been tasked with penning the script for the new feature film.

“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones,” Dauberman told THR. “We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”

The flick will be hitting us via producer Matt Kaplan (The Darkness) and Paramount’s new division Paramount Players. Which is headed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) and will work with Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET to generate projects.

Did you watch “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as a kid on Snick? What’re your favorite episodes? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

We will let you know as soon as we hear more on Are You Afraid of the Dark? so stay tuned! Until then, you can buy the entire series on DVD starting right HERE!

Synopsis:

This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods, where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.

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