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New Stills and Full Trailer Arrive for Dick Johnson & Tommygun vs. The Cannibal Cop

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As Buffalo filmmaker John Renna prepares to announce production of his second feature film, he is wrapping post on his debut, Dick Johnson & Tommygun vs. The Cannibal Cop, in which he and Sam Qualiana (Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast) co-star with such genre favorites as Danny Hicks, Timothy Patrick Quill, and Debbie Rochon. Hicks and Quill are best known for their roles in Sam Raimi’s films: Hicks played Jake in Evil Dead 2, and Quill essayed the Blacksmith in Army of Darkness.

In conjunction with the release of some new stills and the full trailer for the film, the pair discuss their experiences making the film in Buffalo last summer, including an incident in which filming in a cemetery was interrupted by real gunfire.

“Dick Johnson was the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie,” says Hicks. “It was great to work with my old pal Quill, and Debbie Rochon is an absolute blast. John Renna is.. .oh, what is the word I’m looking for? Oh yeah, NUTS! The filmmaking talent pool in Buffalo is really quite remarkable on both sides of the camera. I’ve never considered myself a method actor, but I have to admit the live ammunition gunfire in the cemetery scene got the old juices flowing.”

Hicks plays Captain Phil Philips, who does far more than sit behind a desk and bark orders at his subordinates, though he does plenty of that; he goes out in the field and engages the enemy. Quill plays Shabby Sammy, a shady underworld character in the tradition of noir characters played by Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook, Jr.

“I want to share what a great experience I had filming Cannibal Cop,” says Quill. “I worked with a premium cast and crew that jelled perfectly, led by a fantastic director/actor, John Renna, who pulled it all together. I got to perform with my favorite acting partner and long time buddy, Danny Hicks. What a hoot. We’ve performed together on such flicks as Spider-Man, My Name is Bruce, Oz the Great and Powerful, and a number of others. Folks, this movie is a must-see, and you will at film fests this fall. Promoters are already curious. Thanks for the great memories, gang… let’s do it again soon!”

Dick Johnson and Tommygun vs. The Cannibal Cop, which follows a pair of mismatched detectives as they hunt the titular serial killer, features a musical performance by the Japanese alternative rock group Pinky Doodle Poodle. It also features nudity, profanity, violence, gore, and nonstop comedy. It will screen at film festivals and horror conventions this fall.

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Horror is Strongly Represented at This Year’s Oscars!

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The nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards have been released and both The Shape of Water and Get Out have received some serious nods in major categories!

Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror/thriller got noms for Best Director, Lead Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Original Screenplay, and Best Picture! For a directorial debut AND a horror movie, it’s amazing to see this film get some richly deserved love. Peele even tweeted, “I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro’s delightful fantasy creature feature The Shape of Water racked in this impressive list: Best Picture, Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira), Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern), Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau), Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), and Costume Design (Luis Sequeira). WHEW!

Having seen The Shape of Water just recently, I can assure you that it deserves every one of those accolades. It’s a gorgeous movie that kept a smile on my face through pretty much every single moment.

Other nominations that are equally important for us are the Visual Effects nods to both War for the Planet of the Apes and Kong: Skull Island and the Day of the Dead-themed Coco getting attention for Best Original Song and Animated Feature.

Congratulations to all nominees and we can’t wait to see what happens this March!

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Ice Cream Man Comic Sells Out, Will Receive Second Printing

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If you happen to be one of the many people who believe that print media is dying, this news story will make you fuck right off. I’m talking about the fact that the first issue of Image Comics’ Ice Cream Man series sold out shortly after hitting shelves. Image have confirmed that the book will receive a second printing on February 14 to keep up with what they referred to as “overwhelming customer demand”. Retailers will need to order their copies by January 22.

Each issue of Ice Cream Man is a self-contained existential horror story revolving around the themes of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. As the name of the series implies, the titular ice cream man serves as the narrator of each particular tale, with the official synopsis below suggesting that he may be more than just the driver of a frozen pudding wagon.

The series is written by W. Maxwell Prince and illustrated by Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran. If you can’t wait until the second printing, you can purchase a digital copy of #1 from either ComiXology or Image’s official website.

Ice Cream Man #1 Official Synopsis
Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery.

ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.

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AfterShock Comics Announces New Series Brothers Dracul

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We’ve mentioned AfterShock Comics a few times around these parts, and now they’re about to release a new series that has Dread Central’s name all over it! Read on for the first word on Brothers Dracul from Cullen Bunn (X-Men) with art by Mirko Colak (The Punisher), who previously teamed up for AfterShock’s Unholy Grail.

Bunn and Colak are joined by colorist Maria Santaolalla and letterer Simon Bowland. Cover A is by Colak and Santaolalla while Francesco Francavilla provided Cover B.  Issue #1 hits stores on April 11th.

Bunn describes a bit of what the book is about and discusses working with the same creative team as AfterShock’s Unholy Grail“I’m thrilled to be working on BROTHERS DRACUL, a 15th century horror tale that explores the ‘true’ history of the infamous Vlad the Impaler. With this book, we’ve brought the entire creative team of Unholy Grail along. I’m working with artist Mirko Colak, colorist Maria Santaolalla, and letterer Simon Bowland once again. We had so much fun telling a horror story with King Arthur as its central figure, we had to get the gang back together for this story, featuring one of the most shocking icons of horrific history!”

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From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mirko Colak comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

The legend of Vlad the Impaler is the stuff of nightmares. The inspiration for the most iconic of monsters—Dracula, Vlad tortured and murdered thousands of victims. But what turned him into such a depraved killer? The truth lies in his teenage years, when Vlad and his brother, Radu, were held hostage by the Ottoman Empire. During this time the brothers learned many things—archery, riding, the art of combat, matters of court… and how to stalk and slay vampires.

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