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TV One Airing Horror Anthology The Fright Night Files in October

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TV OneThis Halloween season, TV One will treat viewers to an anthology of three short films of deadly romance with the premiere of The Fright Night Files, airing October 18, 2014, at 8:00 PM ET.

The horror trilogy marks the first scripted production for Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., and her production partner, Susan Banks, who together have helmed nearly 50 high profile interviews for the network. Joining forces with award-winning director Russ Parr of Up To Parr Productions, they usher in another first – the network’s first-ever horror-themed scripted film.

“Since the inception of TV One, it has been one of my greatest desires to provide our audience with a wide spectrum of programming, and paramount to this effort has been to develop a horror film to thrill, shock, and amaze our viewers,” remarked Ms. Hughes. “Though we have been successful in the past with genre-based programming with our Easter and Christmas offerings, it was important to expand into this specific space, where there are so few representations in African-American programming.”

“Expanding our original movie slate with a trilogy of terror required a relatable entry point, and what better than tales of fatal attraction, as many of us have experienced relationships that end up feeling more like nightmares,” said D’Angela Proctor, SVP Programming and Production, TV One. “The Fright Night Files delivers a perfect cinematic blend of romance, fear, and excitement… just in time for Halloween.”

The star-studded cast includes Elise Neal (“Hollywood Divas,” “The Hughleys”), Lynn Whitfield (Eve’s Bayou), Victoria Rowell (“The Young and the Restless”), Harry Lennix (The Blacklist), Eva Marcille (“The Young and the Restless”), Bokeem Woodbine (Ray), Sean Blakemore (Star Trek Into Darkness), Davetta Sherwood (“The Young and the Restless”), and — making her theatrical debut — Karrueche Tran. Whitfield, in her role as Madame Mabry, a Jamaican voodoo expert of the supernatural, will walk viewers through the evening of chilling relationship catastrophes.

The trilogy event will feature the following stories:

“Pillow Talk Channel 187”
Late night radio DJ Coffee Black (Neal) has the sultry voice that can seduce any man over the airwaves, and in person she brings them to their knees – in more ways than one. When Coffee begins to receive mysterious calls from past lovers like Isaiah (Woodbine), her world is filled with dead air.

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Elise Neal as DJ Coffee Black – Photo Credit: Jenni Girtman/TV One

“For the Love of Lockwood”
Jealousy engulfs Marla Peters (Marcille) just as she is set to marry her fiancé, Lockwood Masters (Blakemore), driving him to call off the wedding. Lockwood ultimately forgives Marla and, with a little assistance from Madame Mabry (Whitfield), promises to love her… to death.

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Eva Marcille as Marla – Photo Credit: DJ Bing/TV One

“Mirror, Mirror”
Ronald (Lennix) is caught in a love triangle between his new love, Alexa (Rowell), and his live-in girlfriend, Jessica (Sherwood). After coming home to find Jessica and her friends, including Monique (Tran), performing a strange ritual, he breaks the relationship off. As a peace offering, Jessica brings him an ornately decorated mirror that changes his life forever.

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Victoria Rowell as Alexa – Photo Credit: Mac Alexander/TV One

The Fright Night Files is executive produced by TV One and Up To Parr Productions. Susan Banks serves as executive producer. Russ Parr directs “For the Love of Lockwood” and “Pillow Talk Channel 187.”  Eric Tomosunas, David Eubanks, and Keith Neil serve as producers on both films. “Mirror, Mirror” is directed by R.L. Scott. The film is executive produced by Harry Lennix and Paul Skorich.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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