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Guest Blog: The Weirding Dead – Author Jamie Russell’s Top 10 Strangest Zombie Movies

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The Weirding Dead: Author Jamie Russell's Top 10 Strangest Zombie FilmsOn Tuesday, October 14th, Titan Books is releasing an updated and revised version of Jamie Russell’s Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema, and in honor of the occasion, he’s written a guest blog for us entitled “The Weirding Dead – Top 10 Strangest Zombie Movies.”

Check it out, and then add your own entries below.

The Beyond (1981)
Lucio Fulci’s gory, surreal and silly zombie masterpiece is a Marmite movie. Like the classic British spread, you either love it or hate it. But whichever side you’re on, it’s impossible to deny its weirdness. Set in Louisiana, its Southern Gothic zombie apocalypse unfolds with Lovecraftian menace before literally falling apart in a jumble of demented editing, ropey SFX sequences (tarantulas eating eyeballs!) and portentous cod-philosophical muttering. Fulci cobbled it together cheaply – even hiring winos off the streets to play zombies. For me, no matter how silly it gets, it retains a nightmarish terror that’s borderline avant garde. It unfolds in a surreal universe where the logic of time and space has collapsed and the dead shuffle with incomprehensible menace. Not everyone saw it that way. Actor David Warbeck was particularly unimpressed – check out the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in the hospital lift where he jokingly reloads his revolver by trying to insert a bullet down the barrel!

Pontypool (2008)
One of my favourite zombie movies of the last decade, Pontypool only features one zombie… Inspired by Orson Welles’ infamous, 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast, Pontypool also draws on William S. Burroughs and Roland Barthes. It pivots on a bonkers premise: The English language contains a virus that’s suddenly turning people into zombie-like chatterers. Unable to find meaning in words, the infected start spouting random gibberish, before biting the lips off their victims. Reporting on the chaos unfolding off-screen is Stephen McHattie’s cynical shock jock DJ, who slowly realises that the death of words = the death of the self. A horror movie full of creeping dread and incredible weirdness, Pontypool delivers a semiotic apocalypse of nonsense/no-sense – a tale of linguistics and the living dead that will leave you feeling truly scared… scarred… scored… scorched. Rightly described by New York Times Magazine as “the Finnegan’s Wake of zombie movies.


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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.

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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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