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Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the AfterlifeNear-death experiences may be the closest we ever come to knowing what exists on the “other side”; and a new series on Destination America, “Ghost Stalkers, premiering in October, looks to solve that very mystery!

From the Press Release:
Many of those who have seen the proverbial “white light” say they returned to life with a sudden sensitivity to the spirit world, and it’s believed that people who are sensitive enough can glimpse through and even enter places – portals – that bridge our realm with the hereafter.

In the all-new series “GHOST STALKERS,” produced exclusively for Destination America by Nick Groff (“Ghost Adventures”), two men who crossed over investigate the afterlife that they encountered for a brief, eye-opening moment by exploring American locations that are rumored to house doorways to another dimension.

The six-episode first season of “GHOST STALKERS” premieres Sunday, October 19th, at 10/9c as part of Destination America’s week-long Ghostober stunt, which also includes an all-new episode of “ALASKA MONSTERS” on Friday, October 17th, at 9/8c followed by the one-hour special “KILLING BIGFOOT” at 10/9c.

Actor Chad Lindberg (pictured above), best known for his roles in the Fast and the Furious, October Sky, and “Supernatural,” among others, nearly died at seven years old and has since possessed a sensitivity to paranormal activity. Renowned paranormal expert, author, and investigator John E.L. Tenney was brought back from the dead at age 17 and has dedicated his career to learning more about what’s beyond the white light. In “GHOST STALKERS” Chad and John seek the answer to what’s on the other side using state-of-the-art paranormal investigation equipment and conducting their own solo overnight explorations in America’s most haunted places, including a 200-year-old Tennessee plantation never before featured on television and a small-town Georgia hospital that doubled as a funeral home.

“One of life’s biggest unanswered questions is what happens after you die, and it’s amazing to think that the answer could be found in America’s scariest places, from Alcatraz and the Amityville murder house to lesser-known locations featured for the first time on TV in ‘GHOST STALKERS,’” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “Viewers are along for a scary ride, where strange events will make even skeptics question their beliefs.”

In the premiere episode, “Whispers Estate,” airing Sunday, October 19, at 10/9c, reports of violent hauntings, goat-like demons, and bizarre shadow creatures drive John and Chad to investigate a possible ghost portal at the Whispers Estate in Mitchell, Indiana. The estate was once home to Dr. John Gibbons, who went insane after his daughter died in a second-floor fire. Over the course of two nights, John and Chad explore whether the spectral attacks are the work of Dr. Gibbons and his family or of something far more evil. The closer they get to the truth, the more they find themselves in the house’s crosshairs.

“GHOST STALKERS” is produced for Destination America by Groff Entertainment and Bray Entertainment with Nick Groff and Chris Bray as executive producers and Ted Kim as co-executive producer. For Destination America, Sara Helman is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Marc Etkind is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Fit & Health.

For more info visit the Destination America website, “like” Destination America on Facebook, and follow @DestAmerica on Twitter.

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

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Casting Firms Up for Eat, Brains, Love Adaptation

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Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky, along with DIGA Studios and Full Fathom Five, has announced several new cast members for the cinematic adaptation of Jeff Hart’s zombie road trip novel Eat, Brains, Love, which is currently in production. We’ve been talking about this project for a while now so it’s good to see it finally coming to fruition! Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
Actors Jake Cannavale (“Nurse Jackie”) as Jake, Angelique Rivera (“American Crime”) as Amanda, and Sarah Yarkin (“American Horror Story”) as Cass join the cast of Eat, Brains, Love, which also features Jim Titus (“Pretty Little Liars”) as Tom, Patrick Fabian (The Last Exorcism) as Alastaire, Ty Headlee (Cause and Effect) as Chazz, Kristin Daniel (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) as Grace, and Kym Jackson (“American Crime Story”) as Summer.

“Jake is a talented up and coming actor with showbiz in his blood,” said Van Toffler, CEO and co-founder of Gunpowder & Sky. “His parents, Jenny Lumet and Bobby Cannavale, have great acting range and really command the screen; when we auditioned Jake for the role, we saw those exact qualities in him and knew we had found our renegade zombie.”

Directed by Rodman Flender (MTV’s “Scream”) based on Jeff Hart’s synonymous novel and adapted by writing team Mike Herro and David Strauss (“One Tree Hill”), Eat, Brains, Love follows zombie virus-infected high school seniors Jake and Amanda as they run from Cass, a psychic sent by the government to track them down, and search for a cure for their affliction.

Gunpowder & Sky announced that they had signed an exclusive deal with DIGA Studios, an independent production studio founded by former MTV President Tony DiSanto, and Full Fathom Five to develop Eat, Brains, Love in February 2016 and then revealed that writing team Mike Herro and David Strauss had signed on to adapt the novel in August 2017.

The first in a two-part book series, Eat, Brains, Love is touted as a “heartwarming and bloody blend of romance and deadpan humor” filled with laughs, heart—and brains.

Eat, Brains, Love is set to wrap up production later this month.

Synopsis:
The good news: Jake’s dream girl, Amanda Blake, finally knows his name.

The bad news: It is because they both contracted a mysterious zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class.

Now Jake and Amanda (Jake Cannavale and Angelique Rivera) are on the run from Cass (Sarah Yarkin), a teen psychic sent by the government’s top-secret Necrotic Control Division to track them down. As Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends and set off in search of a cure for the zombie virus, Cass struggles with a growing psychic dilemma of her own – one that will lead all three of them on an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.

L-R: Jake Cannavale, Angelique Rivera, and Sarah Yarkin Join Eat, Brains, Love

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Terrifier – Dread Central Presents Poster Premiere! Release Date Announced!

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Pardon the pun, and yes, it is kinda cringe-worthy, but with our new venture Dread Central Presents, we are NOT clowning around when it comes to bringing you some of the most compelling indie cinema you’ll find anywhere. Projects other distributors wouldn’t touch because they deemed them as going “too far.” Case in point: Damien Leone’s Terrifier.

One of the first titles to get announced for the new Dread Central Presents label through Epic Pictures was the festival favorite Terrifier. The gory 80’s “slasher” throwback takes place on Halloween night as the demented Art the Clown sets his sights on terrorizing two girls and anyone else that gets in his way!

When will horror fans here in the States get to see Art unleash his mayhem?

We’re thrilled to let you know that Terrifier will arrive in select theaters, COMPLETELY UNCUT, as part of a new monthly screening series called “Dread Central Presents” on Thursday, March 15th, and Friday, March 16th. It will be available on VOD March 27th.

We’re so excited to be working with Epic Pictures and Dread Central Presents to get Art the Clown on the big screen and on VOD,” said writer/director Damien Leone. “It’s encouraging to have the support of people who respect the genre and are dedicated to preserving the filmmaker’s vision. TERRIFER IS COMING!

The Dread Central Presents screenings will kick off on January 25th and 26th with a special double feature of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight and cult favorite Turbo Kid.We’re really excited to be doing something completely different with the way our theatrical model will work,” says Dread Central Presents Director of Distribution Rob Galluzzo. “We’re focusing on cultivating local horror communities to see our features at indie-friendly theaters before anyone else. And Terrifier is the type of horror film that should be experienced with a crowd on the big screen.

Stay tuned for full details on which theaters near you will be screening all of the Dread Central Presents releases. You can also keep tabs via the official Dread Central Presents Facebook page right here.

And in honor of the date announcement, we’ve got the exclusive new U.S. theatrical one-sheet poster for you below!

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Time for a Road Trip with Three Classic Horror Movies that Visit Roadside Attractions

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Over the river and through the woods, the holiday season is the busiest time to travel. If you’re thinking of pulling over to rest at a cheap roadside attraction or take a break at an out of the way motel, you’ll think again after watching these horror classics.

Look, it’s a creepy roadside museum! Oh, not to worry, the proprietor looks friendly. Say, isn’t that the star of that ‘50s TV show “The Rifleman?” A fine, upstanding guy, for sure. Let’s go in.

David Schmoeller (Puppetmaster) made his directorial debut with Tourist Trap (1979). Although the film is all over the place with plot and theme, that’s nothing new to ’70s B-horror; and Tourist Trap is one of those little slasher gems that bears up to repeat viewings.

Five friends, including the stunning Tanya Roberts (“Charlie’s Angels,” “That ’70s Show”), stop by a roadside museum owned by Chuck Connors (“The Rifleman”) after car trouble. Slausen’s Lost Oasis features lifelike mannequins. Schmoeller films these life-sized dummies in various states of disrepair to build a wonderful creepiness.

Fans generally seem to love this movie, even when shaking their heads at the flaws. Stephen King, in his book Danse Macabre, talks about the movie’s “eerie spooky power.” I, myself, have to laugh at Pino Donaggio’s goofy choice of intro music — it sounds as if we’re in for a farcical comedy, but the film never returns to that mood.

If you like the slasher genre and ’70s B-horror and haven’t seen Tourist Trap, it needs to be on your must-see list.

Unlike Tourist Trap, Motel Hell found its audience as the number one ranked movie for the weekend of October 24-26, 1980.

What’s not to love? Veteran movie and TV actor Rory Calhoun is Vincent Smith, a farmer who, with his sister, Ida, sets traps for victims, buries them to their necks in a secret garden, fattens them up, and then makes them into his famous smoked meats.

“It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters” is the man’s motto. This gives you an idea of what’s coming: Motel Hell is played for laughs.

The movie will make you chuckle, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its unforgettable imagery. The moving sacks in the garden, all lined up in a row, are eerie as hell. Then the sacks are yanked off to show buried humans, vocal cords cut to prevent screaming. You will remember that scene.

Then comes the harvest —

Some of the images are so disturbing they’ve entered popular culture in other works: the pig head mask in Saw, for instance, and the preparation scene for my own “Welcome to Dunwich” in Strange Horror #1, where sacrifices are buried up to their necks, dazed, and waiting for elder gods.

There are depths to Motel Hell. The farmer’s friendly relationship to the clueless community around him and his resolute sense of purpose make his character unique in the horror genre. The love story is so psychologically twisted I won’t even start to explain it here.

The victims are interesting, well-rounded characters, not teenagers in tank tops and short shorts.

An interesting, amusing, and entertaining horror film from director Kevin Connor (The Land that Time Forgot).

A year after The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, director Tobe Hooper was back to depicting rednecks as maniacal killers. This time it’s a single redneck, Judd, portrayed by Neville Brand (“Laredo”) in Eaten Alive (1976), sometimes titled Horror Hotel, Murder on the Bayou, or Starlight Slaughter. Brand’s experience in movies and TV helps here as he gives this one-dimensional character twisted realism.

Judd runs a broken-down hotel, and when people agitate him, he feeds them to a pet crocodile conveniently hanging out just outside his place. It’s not hard to understand why the crock stays there — Judd becomes agitated often.

This film is outlandish fun and utter chaos. Don’t expect the mood of Tourist Trap or the depth of Motel Hell. Myself, I find a movie where the set is obviously a set has its own unworldly charms. Eaten Alive most definitely has that gritty look we all expect from our ’70s B-movies.

Slasher genre movies have to have something special to interest me, whether it’s the creepy directing in Tourist Trap, the fun and startling imagery of Motel Hell, or the over-the-top strangeness of Eaten Alive. Here are three to recommend, so don’t drive by… pull over and enjoy! Your mileage may vary.


Gary Scott Beatty is a writer and illustrator of strange horror stories who shares art, story, video, and progress updates with those on the Aazurn Fan List. If you’re interested, sign up at strangehorror.com.

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