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The Weekly Wrap-Up: July 5-11, 2008

So, Dread’s two-year anniversary got me to thinking …

We run so many news stories on any given day that often some really interesting tidbits get pushed off the home page and lost in the shuffle. To help remedy that, I thought I’d start doing a recap at the end of every week that you can peruse at your leisure to see what you might have missed during the previous seven days. The Weekly Wrap-Up will be a work in progress for a while so comments, feedback, etc., are much appreciated.


From July 5-11, these are a few of the highlights:

  • Repo! finally got a release date (November 7th for those too lazy to click) and a major update to its official site. Read more here!

  • DC posted an exclusive — and totally badass — commentary for The Signal courtesy of Lewis (AJ Bowen) and Clark (Scott Poythress) that you won’t find anywhere but here! Haven’t found the time to listen yet? What are you waiting for? It’s the weekend — Click and get the crazy!

  • We were extremely happy to introduce our readers to The Minions of Ka, a very cool new graphic novel. But it doesn’t stop there … We’ll also be helping to kick off the project with an exclusive story penned by the one and only Jack Ketchum entitled “The Western Dead”. What? You missed that not-so-minor detail? Click here and learn all about it!

  • One of my most anticipated new projects for the small screen is Alan Ball’s HBO series “True Blood”, which is scheduled to premiere in September. Earlier this week we posted some “commercials” for Tru Blood. Don’t have any idea what I’m talking about? Find out more here.

  • Along with Repo! as mentioned above, a couple of other highly regarded films got firm release dates as well — at long last! The first is Lucky McKee and Trygve Allister Diesen’s adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s Red, which is getting a limited opening on August 8th with an expanded rollout thereafter. Next is one I’ve been waiting for seemingly forever: Pathology, which comes out on DVD September 23rd, 2008.

  • Some new projects were announced this week, too. First up is The Colony, an “eco-horror” tale. The other is Night Crew, a monster movie being put together by the masterminds behind Tremors. Updates on both will be forthcoming.

  • All eyes are on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (review here) this weekend, but let’s not forget that Fantasia is going full steam up in Montreal. The animal known as McCannibal covered the first week solo, filing regular updates and banging out reviews like lightning. Click here for an index of everything you always wanted to know about Fantasia 2008 but were afraid to ask.

    We also have two new contests, exclusive new content in Video Dread from Voice (review) and Steel Trap (review), and new clips from Twilight, aka Syxx’s private hell.

    But none of that — or anything else we reported on this week — comes close to the Woman’s Story of the Week, the one that ties this report together, which is: New Coffin Joe Film Met with Warm Reception.

    If you aren’t hip to this character and his eternal search for the superior woman, then click that link above and start a journey the likes of which you’ve never imagined. And if you’re already a fan, don’t miss “The Blind Date of Coffin Joe”, a very clever short film by Ray Castile, who plays the crazed gravedigger as a young man in the upcoming Embodiment of Evil.

    The Weekly Wrap-Up: July 5-11, 2008

    Until next time …

    The Woman In Black

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    Short Film: Tony Morales’ Hada Will Creep You Out

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    Here at Dread Central, we are always on the lookout to peep and share cool new horror shorts from around the web. Case in point, director Tony Morales’ Hada.

    The short film was selected for 260 festivals and received 50 awards, and you can now check it out in its entirety below.

    I watched it this past weekend and there were more than a few shots contained within that chilled my bones. All about those feet moving up onto the bed. Brr. That’s all I’ll say.

    Actually, I’ll say a (tiny) bit more: Someone needs to give Morales a shot at one of the new Conjuring-universe films. I think he’d knock it out of the park.

    Watch the flick and you’ll see what I mean.

    Again, you can check out the short below and then after giving the film a viewing, make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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

    Synopsis:

    Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because his last child tooth has fallen out. What Daniel doesn´t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.

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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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