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Black Mountain Side (2014)Starring Shane Twerdun, Carl Toftfelt, Michael Dickson, Marc Anthony Williams, Andrew Moxham

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Black Mountain Side (2014)Starring Shane Twerdun, Carl Toftfelt, Michael Dickson, Marc Anthony Williams, Andrew Moxham

Directed by Nick Szostakiwsky


When are these cold weather expedition teams gonna learn it’s just not worth it to hang out in the permafrost, poking around at one of those otherworldly relics, waiting to get picked off one by one? Looking at director Nick Szostakiwsky’s Black Mountain Side, I’ve gained a completely new appreciation for anyone (be they a paid employee or not) working in any frame of hawkish elements.

Ringing heavily as a sort of demented hybrid-fusion of The Thing and The Shining, the film takes a group of researchers to the furthest upper reaches of Canada’s wilderness to investigate a massive stone structure that’s been under the ice for possibly thousands of years. The climate is ferocious, with conditions that no one could be expected to work in for a sustained amount of time, let alone roost there. Crew leader Myles (Shane Twerdun) and his squad of scientists and researchers consisting of Peter (Michael Dickson), Francis (Carl Toftfelt), Robert (Mark Anthony Williams) and medic Dr. Anders (Andrew Moxham) each have their own quirks and personalities, some volatile, some a little more diplomatic. However, they all have one unfortunate thing in common, and that is they’re essentially trapped. Relying on a supply vehicle that delivers provisions once a week, they’re behind the eight-ball when it comes to things like instant medical relief when things go wrong… Wait, did I say WHEN things go wrong?

The story delivers a strong backbone in the presentation of the weather and isolation syndrome that plagues our daring crew. The nights are deathly cold and completely unsuitable to work in, so all that’s left to do is read and drink (now I’d have no problem with these rules, but who am I?). Not long into the venture their already defective radio equipment goes to sleep for the final time, unable to reach anyone, virtually leaving the team stranded. After a few minor disagreements begin to sour the workers’ already dour attitudes, the possibility begins to exist that there might have been a release of an airborne virus of sorts with the uncovering of the mysterious stone structure, leaving a few members violently ill.

The illness affects not only the body but the minds of the workers as well, resulting in things crawling under the skin and the subsequent removal of limbs in order to combat the problem. In addition to the back-alley surgical procedures, different members of the crew also begin to hear a demonic voice in the night (sounds like a Barry White/James Earl Jones mix) telling them to do malevolent things to each other. The creepiness factor jumps right off of the scale as complete insanity outweighs rational thought and the unmanageable urge to commit murderous acts overruns casual cognizance.

The snow-enveloped area around the team members’ cabins almost takes on a representative feel to it, looking as if it could swallow up the entire expanse in one shot. Szostakiwsky uses every available inch of space to give the feel of the great wide open rapidly closing in when nighttime falls and the demon comes to speak. Aficionados of the flowing crimson juice will be pleased, however not too bowled over with the amount of arterial sprays contained within. When the end credits have taken their final scroll over your big screen, I’m fairly confident that you’ll have enjoyed the carnage and emotional distress that this film has to offer. Definitely worth a watch.

Now if someone could just convey to future exploration parties that there is NO sane reason to investigate anything out in the dead of winter bigger than a rabbit turd, they’d all live in safe and tranquil harmony.


3 1/2 out of 5

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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