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ABC Set to Premiere The Great Halloween Fright Fight Tomorrow Night

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The Great Halloween Fright Fight

ABC Teaming with Marc Cherry for a TV Adaptation of The Phantom of the OperaOn Tuesday night ABC enters the Halloween fray with some seasonal programming geared toward fans of haunted attractions. If that includes you, then set your DVRs for 8:00 p.m., when “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” debuts.

We have all the details on the six families who are competing for a $50,000 prize – plus bragging rights – below along with a video of host Michael Moloney facing his fears by surrounding himself with horrifying clowns.

From the Press Release
From the producers of last year’s holiday hit “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” a one-hour special — “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” – will premiere TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT), on ABC. The new special will feature a number of families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween displays and a $50,000 prize.

For the Halloween special, the families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search based on their previous elaborate Halloween displays, incredible set decorations, and over-the-top designs. The six contestants include:

“Hollywood Haunter” – Glendale, CA – Husband and wife duo Chris and Jeana are professional set decorators who use their Hollywood know-how to construct an entirely new haunted facade in front of their house every Halloween. This year they’re hoping to bury the competition with a traditional haunted house design, complete with coffins custom fit for the judges.

“Haunted Overload” – Lee, NH – Eric always loved scaring people, so together with his wife, Janice, he built a larger than life haunt on a sprawling wooded farm. Using mainly organic materials, giant props are crafted up to four stories high. This haunt is sure to overload your senses.

“Terror at Tee Lake” – Lewiston, MI – At a lakeside cabin resort, Dave and Andy create a handmade drive-thru haunt spanning their 4-acre property with a variety of unique displays from a Day of The Dead area to a carnival zone with clowns. Using Andy’s expert graphic design skills and Dave’s construction know-how, the pair has created a world of eerie neon characters, waiting for you behind every bend.

“The Pirate Ship” – Celebration, FL – Every year the Pirate Ship of Celebration, Florida, brings thousands of visitors from nearby Disneyworld to enjoy this pirate-themed haunt. Creators Neil and Julie construct a life-size pirate ship inhabited by pillaging pirate skeletons that completely covers their house. Prepare to walk the plank!

“Mitchell’s Spider Invasion” – Pensacola, FL – Halloween is a special time of year for Shawn and Lynne: They got married on October 31st and love creating DIY home haunts from scratch every year. This year the couple is taking arachnophobia to a whole new level as giant mutant spiders invade their home, trapping trick-or-treaters inside their massive webs.

“Haunt for the Hungry” – Wharton, NJ – Horror movie buffs Anthony and Toby, along with their 12-year-old daughter, Ava, use magic and practical illusions to make their gory backyard maze feel frighteningly real. Scare actors will send you screaming, but if you can slow down enough to not run away, you’ll get to appreciate all of the fascinating details, like a homemade elevator that takes you down a mine shaft to start the tour.

“The Great Halloween Fright Fight” comes from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Price is Right”). Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Thom Beers, and Jennifer Mullin are the executive producers. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto are the judges.

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Contest: Win DEATH LINE and DEATHDREAM on Blu-ray

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Attention, ALL readers of Dread Central! Yes, that’s right… every one of you across the globe! We’re helping our pals over at Blue Underground with a contest where they will be giving a Blu-ray copy of Death Line and Deathdream to one of you! To enter, all you have to do is use the form below; and you’re all set!

Also, to learn more about the titles, simply click on the names, and you’ll be taken to Blue Underground’s website, where you can see specifics about each film!

To reiterate, this contest is open to people across the globe. Anyone, anywhere, can enter. However, the contest ends next Tuesday, May 1st, at 12 midnight ET, so make sure you enter before then!

Death Line:
When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence of Halloween) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims… and a new mate.

Deathdream:
In this shattering variation on The Monkey’s Paw, grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award nominees John Marley of The Godfather and Lynn Carlin of Faces) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas) and written by Alan Ormsby (Deranged), Deathdream was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

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ALTERED PERCEPTION Opens in Theaters and on VOD/Digital in May

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We’ve been telling you about Altered Perception, from Blanc/Biehn Productions, for a while now; and today we have some exciting news to share.  The film is heading to limited theaters and will also be hitting VOD/Digital early next month. The full list of theaters, several stills, and more details can be found below.  In addition, you can watch the trailer at the top of the page.

The cast includes Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Nichola Fynn, Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Ziff, Mark Burnham, Hallie Jordan, and Ehmrys Cooper. The producers are Danielle Artigo and Dylan Matlock with executive producers Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Jon Huertas, Hallie Jordan, Steve Romano (who also served as Director of Photography), and Lony Ruhmann.

Altered Perception was written by Travis Romero, creator of the USA series White Collar, with Jon Huertas and Jennifer Blanc (story by Romero). SKD acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller, which was directed by Kate Rees Davies in her feature-length debut, and Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on May 4th with a DVD release to follow in June 2018.

Here are the Altered Perception theater locations:

  • Laemmle Music Hall – Los Angeles
  • AMC Woodridge 18 – Chicago
  • Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley – Dallas
  • Studio Movie Grill Pearland – Houston
  • AMC Aventura Mall – Miami
  • AMC Southfield – Detroit
  • AMC Arizona Center – Phoenix
  • Emagine Lakeville 21 – Minneapolis
  • Studio Movie Grill – Tampa
  • Tower City Cinemas – Cleveland

Synopsis:
When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

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When Does That DEATH WISH Remake Hit Blu-ray?

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I don’t know about you but I went ahead and skipped Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis in theaters. But I do plan to check it out on Blu-ray.

And speaking of which today we have word that the film will be hitting 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

You can check out the cover art to the right and the full list of special features below and then let us know if you plan to own the film on Blu-ray in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is a remake of the Charles Bronson-led 1974 film of the same name, which itself was based on Brian Garfield’s original novel. This film is directed by Eli Roth from a script written by Joe Carnahan and stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, and Kimberly Elise.

It hits 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

Special Features:

  • Commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Mancow Morning Show Extended Scenes
  • Sway in the Morning Extended Scene
  • Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish
  • Grindhouse Trailer

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Synopsis:

Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city’s violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media’s attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel — or the Grim Reaper itself.

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