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The Weekly Wrap-Up: October 25-31, 2008



The Weekly Wrap-Up: October 25-31, 2008

Any week that ends with Halloween is a good week, and October 25-31, 2008, definitely lived up to its potential. But right now It’s hard to keep my mind off the leftover candy in the pantry and on the latest news stories, so without further ado, let’s hit the highlights:

  • Speculation’s always fun, and the prospect of Ridley Scott directing a film about werewolves is just too cool to ignore.

  • As is the opportunity to see Timecrimes (review) at the local multiplex sometime in November. No word on exactly when and where yet, but while we wait on the details, check out Timecrimes‘ very compelling trailer. If you’re even half the time travel aficionado I am, you’ll be anxious to see more.

  • Another project that has horror fans clamoring for all the info we can get is Sam Raimi’s latest. Thanks to MTV we got our first look at some stills from Drag Me to Hell.

  • Dread Central’s Paranormal Studies Editor, Scott Johnson, tells of his investigation into tales of supernatural occurrences at Buddy’s Bar in Buckton, Pennsylvania. Some strange events definitely transpired; if you missed the story earlier this week, hit that link now, and get ready for the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up!

  • I tried but wasn’t able to stick with the Preacher graphic novel series beyond the first few issues, although I do know several people who are huge fans. Even so, I’m just as stoked as they are to hear that Sam Mendes and Columbia Pictures are moving forward with an adaptation. No specifics have come down with regard to format or time frame, but if they can get the casting right and stick close to the original narrative, this one has some real possibilities.

  • One franchise that I’ve always felt met its end before its time is the Chronicles of Riddick. If ever someone was born to play a role, it’s Diesel as the quintessential anti-hero Riddick. So I was glad to see that Atari is working on another installment in the video game series: Assault on Dark Athena. If I can’t see Vin on the big screen, I’ll certainly settle for his virtual self on the 360, especially if the quality of the game is anywhere close to the stellar Escape From Butcher Bay.

  • Speaking of living up to your predecessors, the trailers for two movies about two very fucked up sounding women hit the Net recently. First is Lady Blood, which has to be pretty weird to outdo the film it’s a sequel of, Baby Blood, but I have to say that from the looks of this preview, it has a damn good chance of doing so! Next is Grace, the feature-length version of a very disturbing short film. This dark tale stars Jordan Ladd as a woman who insists on carrying her dead baby to term … with disastrous results.

  • Disaster has been threatening the production of Bubba Nosferatu practically since we first heard about it, but learning that Paul Giamatti is uber-enthusiastic about it and receiving confirmation that Ron Perlman will be taking over for Bruce Campbell has gone a long way toward alleviating doubts about how it’s liable to turn out.

  • We’re a little over 90 days out from the premiere of the Friday the 13th reboot, and the marketing machine is getting under way. Along with Butane’s set visit, the folks at MTV (them again?!) put together a video report from the set. I still think it has a chance to be a decent entry in the series — I mean, really, let’s be honest … could it possibly be any worse than at least half of the others?

  • While we’re on the subject of crappy movies, make sure you tune in to the newest Dinner for Fiends. It starts with a dissection of (and new theme song for) the abysmal Saw V and soon veers off into the maniacal mayhem you’ve come to expect from usual suspects Creepy, Foy, Andrew, and Buz. Join the festivities and help us come up with a title for our “senior slasher”! Hey, at least it’s not another remake or sequel in the form of a prequel.
  • Which brings us to the Woman’s Story of the Week: “Dead Set” Cast & Crew Interview. Our lucky brethren in Great Britain have already watched this five-part Zombies Meet “Big Brother” TV show that was broadcast on E4 over the past week, and early reviews have been extremely positive. If you have a region free player, you can get the DVD now from Amazon UK; the rest of us will wait anxiously for a US release. I have to say — Between “Dead Set” and “Ghostwatch”, it’s obvious the Brits have it all over us when it comes to Halloween programming. Which reminds me … I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with the Great Pumpkin bringing you everything your black little hearts desired!

    Until next time …

    The Woman In Black

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    Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



    One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

    Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

    According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

    That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

    Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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    Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



    We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

    Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

    We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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    NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



    VOB now available on VOD!

    For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

    It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

    The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

    You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

    Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


    A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

    Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

    Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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