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Top 9 Frozen Features in Horror



Baby, it’s cold outside. And, as it turns out, some fantastic horror has taken place buried under a blanket of snow. With the upcoming release of Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (review), Dread Central decided to look back at our favorite frozen horror features.

We recently spoke with horror veteran Derek Mears, who plays Stavarin in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, and he summed up the film in a way that’s sure to get viewers excited. Mears said, “If Dead Snow 1 were Evil Dead 2, then Dead Snow 2 is Army of Darkness times 10 on steroids.” With a recommendation like that, how can you not be looking forward to diving into another round of frozen zombie mania?

We have a few honorable mentions to throw at you before we get to the Top 9. Larry Fessenden’s atmospheric chiller The Last Winter with Ron Perlman jumps immediately to mind when we think Arctic horror. Also, the 2013 indie thriller Whitewash, starring Thomas Haden Church, was a pleasant surprise set in the wintery woods of rural Quebec. And nothing says post-apocalypse like a new ice age and cannibalism, which is exactly what’s going on in The Colony, featuring Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers and Bill Paxton.

Top 9 Frozen Horror Features
Now put on your parkas and snuggle in. Here are the Top 9 Frozen Features in Horror.

Frozen (2010)
Filmmaker Adam Green had us rubbing our hands together for warmth in his 2010 movie Frozen. In a recent interview with Dread Central, Green mentioned that he didn’t at all mind the fact that Disney came out with their own Frozen that usurped the title. “I think it’s great,” Green said. “It’s only going to help us. So many people have ended up finding my Frozen because of it. And I think the way that some parents sit their kids down in front of the TV and order VOD, hopefully there are a lot of kids scarred for life because their parents weren’t paying attention. I take great pride in that. I think that’ll be very funny.” In addition to potentially scarring the youth of America, Green’s Frozen succeeded in creating a claustrophobic environment in the most open space you could possibly find, the side of a mountain. It’s a simple concept that Green makes completely compelling. And a Kane Hodder appearance and a Joe Lynch mention make it all the better.

Snowpiercer (2014)
It’s not very often that we get to include a brand new movie on one of our “Top…” lists, but Snowpiercer just screams to be included here. Set in a post-apocalyptic new ice age brought on the world by man’s own errors, Snowpiercer is a horrific sci-fi thriller that condenses an entire society slotted into a caste system and crams them into a train. This train happens to be a self-sustaining vehicle that has traveled continuously around the Earth for 17 years and holds the only life left on the planet, which was plunged into an ice age when mankind tried to reverse the trends of global warming. Director Joon-ho Bong created an environment that held one deadly foe after another for the lowest class citizens living in squalor in the back of the train, who finally decide to rise up and spread out the wealth. The cold in this film is so intense it’s used as a form of punishment. An arm held outside the Snowpiercer for a few minutes doesn’t last long.

30 Days of Night (2007)
One of the most creative ideas to ever find its way into a comic book and eventually onto the big screen, 30 Days of Night is brilliant. It’s a fantastic new look at the vampire legend which has the fanged beasties descend on Barrow, Alaska, just as the town is preparing to get its last looks at the sun for 30 days, which means 30 days without having to worry about that pesky sun burning them to a crisp. Thirty days to feast on as many humans as they could get their hands on because, quite frankly, Barrow did not seem to be that concerned with staying connected to the outside world. So after 30 days of uninterrupted binge eating, the vamps only had to make it look like a fire ravaged the small town and they could take their full bellies and fly off to the next location, keeping their existence a secret. “The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.” -Charles Baudelaire


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Exclusive: Wolfmen of Mars Debut New Group Brass Hearse and Here’s a New Song



A couple of months ago, we told you about Brass Hearse, a new group that features the members of Boston rock/synth group Wolfmen of Mars. Essentially the same style but now with vocals, Brass Hearse will immediately stand out to fans of John Carpenter but those who listen closer will pick up on elements of The Cure and even some Type O Negative. If you’ve been looking for some goth-y electronic rock with splashes of industrial thrown in hither and yon, I have a feeling you’re going to dig the hell out of Brass Hearse!

Previously, Wolfmen of Mars’ Luke told us, “It’s Wolfmen of Mars with vocals, but very much its own thing. A bit darker, a little bit more new wave. It’s a hard album to describe. Ron Rochondo from Ice Dragon wrote all the vocals and they fit the music perfectly. I can’t wait to share the tunes with you!

Well, today is the day that we get to share a taste of the new tunes with all of you! Below is the premiere of the track “Rain Grey, Dark Sky”, which swirls and pumps in a controlled frenzy, the verse containing itself only to open wide during the chorus, the sonorous vocals suddenly crying out like a ghastly specter.

Brass Hearse’s debut album will be available on vinyl and as a digital download on December 1 from Burning Witches Records. Meanwhile, you can download “Ran Grey, Dark Sky” via Bandcamp.

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Exclusive: Sean Patrick Flanery-Led Lasso Ropes in Multiple Offers After AFM Appearance



Lasso, a horror film starring Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), was in attendance at this year’s American Film Market in Santa Monica and it seems to have made quite the impression! The film is currently in the middle of several distribution offers, some of which include theatrical distribution plans. No choice has been made by the Lasso team as they’re still hearing more and more offers but it’s certainly intriguing and exciting to see a horror film get so much attention!

Director Evan Cecil tells Dread Central, ““I am crazy flattered and honored at all the attention and interest Lasso received during the American Film Market and is still receiving from our industry peers. A lot of effort was put into making something different and interesting but most of all entertaining and fun to watch. Of course, we are hoping for a theatrical deal because that would be beyond cool, but also because the big screen is still the best way to watch a horror film. I love the thought of horror fans getting to enjoy Lasso all huge!

We can also reveal that we’ve been told that the film has 20 unique kills during its current 97-minute runtime, which means an average of one kill for approximately every four minutes! If you’re into horror for the body count, sounds like Lasso is going to be right up your alley!

Cecil directs and also produces alongside Todd J Myers and Elaine Gibson. Flanery stars with Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), Karen Grassle, Andrew Jacobs, Travis Andre Ross, Heather Mignon, and Skyler Cooper.

Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs) are two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group who go out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It’s a great experience for the group…until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves, and whatever seniors they can, from becoming victims of a deadly Rodeo Ritual. Along the way they join up with another unexpected group of victims, including a one-armed cowboy, Ennis (Sean Patrick Flanery), Rosheen, the Rodeo queen, and Trish, a powerhouse female bull rider. Together the group must fight to survive the night from relentless bloodthirsty cowboys on the hunt for human livestock.

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The Walking Dead Ratings Drop to Six-Year Low



Well, this isn’t good.

Turns out that AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” has hit a ratings low with the release of it’s newest episode “The Big Scary U”. A rating drop the likes of which the series hasn’t seen since the dog days of season 2.

Personally, season 2 was when I ditched the series and never looked back. I’ve heard a lot over the years that the series improved greatly moving on from the disastrousrious second season, but I’m all good.

I have shows like “Stranger Things” (review), “Mindhunter”(review), and “AHS: Cult” (review) to keep me company.

For full breakdown on the recent rating drop with a bunch of stats involving demographics and whatnot, you can check out Deadline‘s article on the matter.

Everyone else I guess can just keep moving on with their lives.

Do you still watch “The Walking Dead”? Should I give the series another shot? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

The Walking Dead Season 8 is currently airing on AMC.

Season 8 synopsis:

Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season, Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.

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