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8 Films To Kill For: Halo-ween Fest Details



8 Films To Kill For: Halo-ween Fest (click for larger image) As if the month of October weren’t crowded enough what with all the various cons, film fests, parties, and of course our high holy day, Halloween, itself, word recently came down about an upcoming week-long run of horror and punk films called “8 Films To Kill For: Halo-ween Fest.” Sponsored by Halo-8 Entertainment, the fest runs from Thursday, October 23rd, through Wednesday, October 29th, at The Engine Theater in Hollywood.

The program consists of seven films playing every day of the event with an eighth, Halo-8’s controversial and critically acclaimed documentary Your Mommy Kills Animals, being distributed on DVD to all attendees as a Halloween treat – free with admission.

Here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect:

Hardcore/Punk Matinees:

  • 3pm – N.Y.H.C. [Dir. Frank Pavich] – The legendary documentary about the world’s hardest music with Madball, 25 Ta Life, VOD, Crown of Thornz, Roger Miret (Agnostic Front), Toby Morse (H2O), Lou Koller (Sick Of It All), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), and Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy’s Law). (90 mins)
  • 4:30pm – THREAT [Dir. Matt Pizzolo] – Award-winning urban thriller about an intellectual black radical and a nihilistic punk who accidentally start a riot in NYC’s Lower East Side. (88 mins)
  • 6pm – PUNK ROCK HOLOCAUST 2 [Dir. Doug Sakmann] – The Van’s Warped Tour slasher film in which a headless killer decapitates band members and uses their severed heads as disguises. This time the death toll includes The Aquabats, The Bouncing Souls, My Chemical Romance, The Casualties, and many more! (90 mins)
  • Horror Nights:

  • 7:30pm – GIMME SKELTER [Dir. Scott Phillips] – Bare-knuckled horror about a guy who thinks he’s Charles Manson’s illegitimate son and decides to outdo his old man. (85 mins)
  • 9pm – THE DEVIL’S MUSE [Dir. Ramzi Abed] – Stylish and surreal horror about a young actress living out the last days of the Black Dahlia. (90 mins)
  • 10:30pm – PINK EYE [Dir. James Tucker] – Gore-drenched slasher horror about asylum inmates run amok from the creative team behind Skinned Alive: director James Tucker, writer/actor Joshua Nelson (interview here), and actress Melissa Bacelar. (87 mins)
  • Midnight – SLUMBER PARTY SLAUGHTERHOUSE: THE GAME [Crt. Matt Pizzolo] – Interactive, campy horror film/party where the correct answers to slasher movie trivia questions empower geek Paul Tard to take revenge on his ex-friends. Collaboratively directed by Doug Sakmann, Ramzi Abed, Joanna Angel, Kurly Tlapoyawa, and Matt Pizzolo and hosted by a different starlet each night.
  • The Engine Theater is a pioneering approach to theatrical cinema: A portable projection system featuring a 1,000-pound light and steel sculpture kinetically supports a 17-foot screen. Just seeing that set-up sounds like a pretty good reason to hit at least a few of the Halo-ween Fest entries! For more info on the “8 Films To Kill For”, click the Engine Theater and/or Halo-8 links above.

    Debi Moore

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    Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



    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.

    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



    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!”


    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.

    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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    James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



    The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

    Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

    You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

    Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

    “This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

    We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

    “A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

    How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

    The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

    Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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