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Melissa Ordway in Tales of an Ancient EmpireIt’s gone through a couple of cast modifications and a change in filming locations since we first heard about it back in April ’08, but Tales of an Ancient Empire, Albert Pyun’s follow-up to The Sword and the Sorcerer, is finally under way. And we’ve got your first look at some stills to prove it!

Tales now stars Melissa Ordway as Tanis, a princess who must find and unite the five greatest warriors of the world to save her kingdom from a demonic sorceress. But the odyssey to find them reveals a secret past for all. Two more pictures of Ordway can be found below along with (from left to right) Janelle Taylor, Kevin Sorbo, and Inbar Lavi. The last shot is a very rough, early composite of Tanis ready to do battle against whatever evil may come her way.

Christopher Lambert and Whitney Able round out the cast, which also includes Ralf Moeller (Cyborg) and Olivier Gruner (Nemesis) in cameos that reunite them with director Pyun. The script was penned by Pyun’s frequent collaborator Cynthia Curnan. Freddy Braidy of Deco Entertainment, who is producing the project in association with Cinamour, hopes to premiere Tales from an Ancient Empire at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 13-24, 2009.

We’ll have more as the shoot progresses, including an interview with Kevin and Melissa, so keep it here for updates!

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Rest in Peace: Dolores O’Riordan

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Sad and shocking news has come in from the music world as Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has been found dead at the all too young age of just 46.

According to the Associated Press, the singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording. “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

London’s Metropolitan Police were summoned to a hotel just after 9:00 AM today. As of now her death is classified as “unexplained.”

During her career, O’Riordan provided music for the short film Z, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Evilenko, and many more films and television projects. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Dolores’ family members, friends, and constituents.

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Dread Central Presents’ Villmark Asylum is on Amazon Prime!

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Today marks a very exciting day for us here at Dread Central as Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum has hit Amazon Prime! This marks the first official release of a Dread Central Presents title and we can’t wait to hear what you all think! If you’ve got Amazon Prime, you can watch the film for free as part of your Prime subscription. Also, if you do check it out, we ask that you please leave a review on Amazon with your honest thoughts. If you hated it, let us know! If you loved it, great! Whatever your thoughts on the film might be, we want to know them.

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be hosting double feature screenings of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight and Turbo Kid later this month. You can find all details here.

Directed by Øie, Villmark Asylum stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Baard Owe.

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A crew of five hazardous waste workers are sent to a massive, abandoned sanatorium deep in the mountains. But their routine assignment takes a dark turn when they encounter the building’s terrifying past.

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Exclusive Delirium Clip Goes Running Through the ‘Net!

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Another horror flick has hit our radar called Delirium, and right now we have a slew of stuff for you to dig on including stills, the trailer, and yes, an exclusive clip! Dig it!

Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, Seth Austin, Ryan Pinkston, August Roads, and Elena Sanchez star in the flick from director Johnny Martin. Look for it on January 19th via Gravitas Ventures.

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A group of young men dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary house that is said to be haunted by the thirteen victims of a family massacre. In hopes of making a viral video, they arm him with a video camera to prove he was there or to capture him fleeing terror as others have.

When he doesn’t return, the guys must go in to get him. Inside the mansion they discover the truth about the family that died there, the fate of their friend, and what their own fates will be.

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