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Fantasia 2008: Days 11-13

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Denham & Van den Houten at Fantasia 2008!Apologies for the lack of updates the past couple of days. I blame the exhaustingly stylized, rockabilly zombie movie Flick, which engendered so much cinematic bile, I feared the excess would leak into the other films I had planned to discuss. Luckily, today’s festival topping (so far) double feature comprised of Stuart Gordon’s horror morality tale “>Stuck (review) and a dark and moving adaptation of Jack Ketchum “>Red (review), finally expectorated the celluloid loogie I had built up. With Flick spat to the gutter, let’s talk about the good stuff we saw!

Day eleven was a high point of the festival, a day that elevated the found footage horror genre with Christopher Denham’s “>Home Movie (review), produced by Andrew van den Houten (who we earlier reported is set to start shooting Jack Ketchum’s “>Offspring). Paul also caught “>Trailer Park of Terror (review), a fun trailer trash zombie fest with some great makeup, a cool concept, and its tongue firmly planted where its rotted cheek used to be. Apart from wondering why it is that zombies without lips can enunciate the letters t, b, and p, our resident cynic actually enjoyed his trip (back?) to the trailer park.

Laperrier & Goldmann at Fantasia 2008!Today saw two highly anticipated entries. First up was Stuart Gordon’s Stuck, based on a real life incident in which a woman hit a homeless man with her car, drove home with him stuck in her windshield, and left him in her garage for two days until he died. I was expecting a dark, disturbing take on the subject matter but Gordon, in typical fashion, managed to find a lot of humor in the grotesque, while also exploring the psychology of the various characters. This direction seems to be the emerging, post-Edmond, hallmark of his recent work. The audience ate it up, it’s a shame Gordon couldn’t have been there to see the crowd’s overwhelmingly positive reaction. I actually think Stuck would do pretty well as a mainstream release – here’s hoping.

Next up was Red, an adaptation of one of the shorter Jack Ketchum stories. It’s one of the few I haven’t read, so I can’t speak to the faithfulness of the adaptation, but those that have read it told me it was extremely accurate except for the ending. Lucky McKee was the original director of Red, but he was later replaced by Trygve Allister Diesen (?) for reasons unknown. Red is pitch black and feels like Ketchum throughout, except for a few jarring moments of sappiness that are clearly tacked on. Red will have fans will be debating whether McKee was replaced because he’s getting soft, or because he refused to compromise on Ketchum’s bleak novella. Mention must be made of Brian Cox’s outstanding and principled performance. He carries the picture with an understated sad dignity that sells the entire concept. Andrew Kasch wasn’t joking in his review when he said Cox should be in line for an Oscar for his portrayal; he’s that good.

While I was off enjoying Stuck and Red, Paul was lured by his love of all things trashy, to the Tiffany stalker documentary I Think We’re Alone Now. In typical McCannibal fashion, he’s off trying to find a horror angle to justify a review as we speak. If you ask me, dueling Asperger’s and transgender afflicted Tiffany stalkers sounds pretty darn scary!

Tomorrow we’ll be seeing another teen-horror movie for grownups, called From Within, and horror writer Eric Shapiro’s directorial debut Rule of 3. After that, Paul and I get a break with the arrival of Johnny and Girlcreeture – Yeehaw, first round is on you, Butane!

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Exclusive: Confrontational Bewitches and Hypnotizes With “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn”

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Earlier this year, I introduced you readers to Italian synthwave artist Confrontational and his cover of Sabrina’s “Boys (Summertime Love)”. While that track was pure summertime brightness, we recognize that many of you are more interested in the darker side of music, where songs are melancholic yet brimming with a hypnotic sexual tension. To that end, we’ve teamed up once again to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” featuring Tying Tiffany, which you can listen to below.

Melding equal parts of The Cure and John Carpenter, the song pulsates sensually, evoking imagery of electric blue and hot pink lasers piercing through vantablack darkness. Furthermore, the dynamic between the female and male vocals adds a wonderful sense of intimacy. This song was clearly a child of the 80’s that is now grown up and ready to stand on its own.

Confrontational tells Dread Central:
The final chapter in the triptych, once again graced by Branca Studio’s outstanding artwork, recounts the striving for light in spite of the devouring darkness that surrounds us all. Unrequited love, loss of innocence, loss of identity, temptation and anger – the story finally comes to a close. There is a deep and heartfelt sense of longing throughout each of the tracks, a hard-hitting feeling of nostalgia – which is something Tiffany found out to be a constant in my songwriting. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and I am ecstatic to have finally worked together on this. Her unique take on the lyrics is what makes it so very special, and her vocals blending seamlessly with mine throughout the choruses turned it into a true personal favorite. To have Tiffany on the album along with these amazing heroes of mine – Cody, Tobias and Trevor – is simply dream-like, and makes me so very proud to finally share the effort with you all. I look forward to checking out everyone’s comments on this and I can’t wait to bring it to the stage soon!

“Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” comes from Confrontational’s upcoming album The Burning Dawn, which can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. Guest appearances on the album include Tobias Bernstrup, Cody Carpenter, and more!

Confrontational can be followed at his official website, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Upcoming tour dates:
January 25 – Milano (TBA)
January 26 – Savona (TBA)
January 27 – Ravenna (Bronson)

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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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