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Love Gets Gory in New Short “I Love You”

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I Love You posterRecently we received a heads up from Axelle Carolyn, wife of Neil Marshall and an established writer in her own right (check out her latest column on IGN UK), about a new short she has a starring role in called “I Love You”.

Directed by Tristan Versluis, “I Love You” is a 5-minute short that tackles a subject we’ve all had some brush with: relationships that end in pain. “It’s something that everyone will feel at some point in life… and this film expresses this feeling in a rather crazy way,” Versluis explained to us. ”After all, emotional pain is often the worse and there ain’t a quick fix for it, you have to suffer and live/work through it. It’s this emotion that I wanted my characters to go through, to show. Hopefully people will see through the gore and pain and read some kind of message here. Either that or just enjoy the blood and guts! I don’t mind either way.”

The blood and guts are certainly in full force, as is evident by the pics throughout, which makes sense since Versluis is an up and coming SFX artist who’s worked on everything from the latest Chronicles of Narnia film to Books of Boood, Adam Mason’s Blood River, Isolation, Broken and a helluva lot more.

I Love You”The film was originally part of a larger idea, but it didn’t quite fit this idea and I never really knew why,” Tristan said of the film’s origins. ”At the time I was looking to do another short film, but without all the expense and post production work that my last short film “Pixel” took (which is still ongoing). So “I Love You” was separated to form its own concept, and the more I thought about it, the more I got excited about the way it could work on a simple level and yet still be powerful and have an impact … that’s what I hoped anyway!”

I Love YouThe film stars Leslie Simpson, currently appearing in the new Hammer Film Beyond the Rave, another film Tristan did effects for. ”With a film that involves effects I wanted my actor to get on with that easy, so we could focus on the film and performance,” he explains of choosing Leslie. ”I sent him the treatment and he instantly understood where I was coming from…. offered him the part…. arranged for him to come to London for the time needed and did my utmost to organize a date to shoot the film. It all worked out fantastic; he really gave so much to the part and to me, which really does show on screen.”

I Love You“It was Les that recommended Axelle, as he knew her well and had an idea that she was interested in trying out acting again,” he continues about the other lead in “I Love You”. ”I was happy to go with this idea, trusting in Les and his confidence in her. This proved to be a good move. I remember the first take in the shot where Axelle has to deliver her line, first take…in the can! It was so funny, both Les and I were watching the monitor and we didn’t know what to expect…but when Axelle did her line we both just said…wow…that was great; she nailed it. Do we need another?! She was perfect and very professional. Both Axelle and Les performed beautifully together and have added to making a great short film which i am proud of and hope will thrill and disturb people for some time to come!”

”I Love You” has played at the Brussels Film Festival and will be screening at Edinburgh’s Dead by Dawn festival, but I’m sure that won’t be the last we see of it. As soon as we hear more, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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Rest in Peace: Dolores O’Riordan

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Sad and shocking news has come in from the music world as Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has been found dead at the all too young age of just 46.

According to the Associated Press, the singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording. “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

London’s Metropolitan Police were summoned to a hotel just after 9:00 AM today. As of now her death is classified as “unexplained.”

During her career, O’Riordan provided music for the short film Z, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Evilenko, and many more films and television projects. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Dolores’ family members, friends, and constituents.

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Dread Central Presents’ Villmark Asylum is on Amazon Prime!

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Today marks a very exciting day for us here at Dread Central as Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum has hit Amazon Prime! This marks the first official release of a Dread Central Presents title and we can’t wait to hear what you all think! If you’ve got Amazon Prime, you can watch the film for free as part of your Prime subscription. Also, if you do check it out, we ask that you please leave a review on Amazon with your honest thoughts. If you hated it, let us know! If you loved it, great! Whatever your thoughts on the film might be, we want to know them.

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be hosting double feature screenings of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight and Turbo Kid later this month. You can find all details here.

Directed by Øie, Villmark Asylum stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Baard Owe.

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A crew of five hazardous waste workers are sent to a massive, abandoned sanatorium deep in the mountains. But their routine assignment takes a dark turn when they encounter the building’s terrifying past.

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Exclusive Delirium Clip Goes Running Through the ‘Net!

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Another horror flick has hit our radar called Delirium, and right now we have a slew of stuff for you to dig on including stills, the trailer, and yes, an exclusive clip! Dig it!

Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, Seth Austin, Ryan Pinkston, August Roads, and Elena Sanchez star in the flick from director Johnny Martin. Look for it on January 19th via Gravitas Ventures.

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A group of young men dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary house that is said to be haunted by the thirteen victims of a family massacre. In hopes of making a viral video, they arm him with a video camera to prove he was there or to capture him fleeing terror as others have.

When he doesn’t return, the guys must go in to get him. Inside the mansion they discover the truth about the family that died there, the fate of their friend, and what their own fates will be.

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