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Texas Chainsaw Massacre may still see a sequelWhile on the set of the Friday the 13th remake, we had the chance to sit down with the men behind the film, Platinum Dunes’ Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Together they gave us a good overview of what’s on the horizon for Dunes and their various projects.

First, will there ever be a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, despite having a one-armed Leatherface? ”The issue with these movies is that since we’re not creating them, we don’t own them,” Fuller explained. ”The rights holders are entrusting their children to us, as it were, and in the case of Chainsaw Kim Henkel, Robert Kuhn and Tobe Hooper gave us two opportunities to show our take. If they came to us and asked us to do a third, I can’t imagine we would say no because we love those characters.” So far nothing has happened on that front, save for the “>recent announcement that Henkel would be tackling his own TCM movie soon. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes!

Though most of us don’t want it to happen, Platinum Dunes is also signed to remake Rosemary’s Baby. The duo understand it’s not really the way fans wish it could be, but, ”We’re horror fans; how do you say no?!” Fuller exclaimed. ”If we don’t do Rosemary’s Baby, someone else is, and since we’re horror fans, we want to take our own shot rather than read about someone else doing it … All the shit we get for doing these things, it really just comes from being huge fans and wanting to take a shot.”

So where does Baby stand? ”We have not decided on a storyline for Rosemary’s Baby yet,” he went on. ”There are two or three competing writers working on it now. I can say that one of our takes is supernatural and one that takes the story and roots it in reality. Which we’re going to go with is a decision we’re going to have to make as soon as we wrap this movie and head back to LA, sit down with Paramount and really hash out what kind of story they want us to tell for them and what’s the most intelligent way to tell it.”

Dennis Quaid stars in The HorsemenThose were the only remakes we really discussed (well, other than the one we were there to see made…), but that wasn’t the end. Dunes is also behind the Dennis Quaid-starrer The Horsemen, about a grieving widower who discovers a connection between himself and suspects in a serial killing case linked to the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse; ”What happened on Horsemen is we made the movie, then we had to do a couple days of reshoots and because of various delays we literally just finished that a couple of weeks ago. We’re going out to distributors with it now,” they explained. ”That is a very challenging movie simply because the subject matter is so dark, so we’re figuring out that now.”

Another original Dunes is behind that has a more definite future is The Unborn, helmed by David Goyer. ”That just wrapped; it’ll hopefully be out by Halloween.” Fuller said. ”That was a fantastic experience, Gary Oldman was so amazing, incredibly prepared, and David Goyer did a really great job… that whole experience was great for us.” In case you’ve forgotten, The Unborn follows a young woman trying to fight off the spirit of a young boy who’s been banned from heaven.

So what’s the future hold for Platinum Dunes? It’s not all remakes, that much is obvious. ”We’re now trying to integrate an original movie in between the remakes,” Fuller assured us. ”We’re pretty sure our next movie will be an original called The Butcherhouse Chronicles. We don’t want to stop making horror movies, and if they’re going to keep offering us these properties, we’re not going to pass on them, but if we can put something fresh and original then maybe in 20 years they can remake our remakes and remake our originals…” he joked, ”That’s the goal!”

Keep it on Dread Central for updates on all the originals, remakes, and sequels Platinum Dunes is attached to, and of course a lot more about Friday the 13th as soon as we’re cleared to open our mouths about it!

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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