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Gothic Artist Paul Booth Teams with Designer Marcus Maximus Mera for New Horror Jewelry Line



It’s finally Halloween weekend, and there are cool events taking place all over the country, but if you live in or near NYC, one of the coolest is Last Rites Gallery‘s ninth annual 13th Hour exhibition and Halloween party, taking place Saturday, October 29th. Why should you attend? Because Gothic artist Paul Booth is debuting his new jewelry line there.

Can’t make it? Never fear – we have all the details and a few images right here!

From the Press Release:
World-renowned dark artist Paul Booth is pleased to announce his most recent creative endeavor: limited edition wearable art. This new line of original rings and pendants is a manifestation of Booth’s continued growth into new mediums and artistic disciplines. Booth joins forces with jewelry designer Marcus Maximus Mera, who began his career designing for such jewelry heavyweights as Lazare Kaplan and Alexis Bittar.

With Mera’s design prowess and Booth’s art and sculpting style, the new pieces are conversation-starting works of art. Forged from sterling silver, each highly-detailed casting of Booth’s sculptures are meticulously tooled, oxidized, and polished by Mera’s own hand as well as individually finished by Booth himself.

Booth launches The Booth Brand‘s limited edition jewelry line with a series commemorating the iconography of his signature brand Last Rites, which he founded in 1991. Since that time, the infamous Ritean Skull that is the brand’s crest has been and continues to be tattooed on countless passionate individuals around the world. The Ritean Skull represents a certain dedication to the appreciation and exploration of the dark side of the human condition through art.


The trademark piece in Paul Booth’s new collection is the “Captive Fetus,” an image based off his own 1990’s flash tattoo art that has become a mascot for Last Rites over the years. This dynamically haunting creature serves as a suitable collection centerpiece with fascinating details and textures reflective of Booth’s distinctive art style. The piece encapsulates small sterling silver beads so the pendant mimics the sound of a baby’s rattle when shaken.

Of the “Captive Fetus,” Booth commented, “The Captive Fetus is symbolic of one’s ‘inner child’ and the inherent darkness that lies therein. Constantly restrained and policed by the id, this self seldom gets free to see the light of day. I know if my inner child got loose, the world would surely plunge into chaos. I even had to make him a baby rattle just to keep him occupied.”



Paul Booth’s new jewelry collection will debut on the evening of October 29th coinciding with Booth’s Last Rites Gallery’s ninth annual 13th Hour exhibition and Halloween party in New York City. The event is open to the public; more info and tickets can be found here.

Paul Booth is a tattoo artist, sculptor, painter, filmmaker, and musician. Through multiple mediums, he focuses on the dark, macabre, and surreal as a means of personal development and therapy. Perhaps best known for his impact as a tattoo artist, Booth took the world of tattooing by storm with his formidable use of black and grey ink to depict demons, beasts, evil fetuses, and other nightmare-worthy visuals. It wasn’t long until a cult following developed and swelled to include heavy metal rockers, actors, musicians, and other purveyors of the dark aesthetic. Booth’s signature imagery graces the skin of many celebrities including Greg Allman, members of Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera, Down, Lamb of God, and many more. This following, along with his quintessential imagery, has led Rolling Stone to dub Paul as “The New King of Rock Tattoos.”.

In 1998 Booth opened up Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in New York City with some of the finest tattoo artists in the world. In 2007 he expanded his artistic and professional scope and opened the first dark art gallery in New York City, aptly named Last Rites Gallery. In 2000 Paul co-founded an international charitable art organization called The ArtFusion Experiment (AFE) with world-renowned peers Filip and Titine Leu. In association with The International Child Arts Foundation (ICAF), AFE is devoted to bringing art to underprivileged children from around the world. This tattoo-centric art movement focuses its energy on a unique collaborative art concept and demonstrates the strength of the contemporary tattoo artist’s ability to work together as a community. This aspect of AFE allows artists to put their egos aside and collaboratively fuse their individual styles to achieve unequaled works of art. It also gives the artist the opportunity to be both a student and a teacher simultaneously. This unique nature of AFE provides artists from around the world a chance to work together to create a single piece.

In 2007 Booth’s directorial debut, The ArtFusion Experiment, had the honor of winning Best Feature Documentary at The Newport Beach Film Festival and continues to extend the reach and success of the movement he created. His second film, the experimental pseudodocumentary Paul Booth’s Last Rites: Volume I, deftly illustrates his unique twisted vision and reveals the sinister depth of his eclectic universe. The film provides not only a closer look into the process of Paul’s art but, more importantly, a glance into the lifestyles that surround him. Both films together share a juxtaposition that offers a glimpse into the mysterious mind of this enigmatic artist.




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Interview: Imitation Girl Star Lauren Ashley Carter



The Dread Central Presents title Imitation Girl is now available on VOD, and in preparation for its theatrical screening series (click here for theaters!), we were fortunate to sit down with indie starlet Lauren Ashley Carter to chat about her career, Imitation Girl, and working with female directors.

Here’s the film’s synopsis: “When an alien takes the form of an adult film star, both must learn to cope with the complexities of being human in this mesmerizing directorial debut from Natasha Kermani, with Lauren Ashley Carter (Darling) in the dual role of Julianna and the imitation girl.

Directed by Natasha Kermani, Imitation Girl stars Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Adam David Thompson, and Catherine Mary Stewart.

Dread Central: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. We’re very excited to release Imitation Girl. The performances you’ve given even within the world of independent horror have been vast and versatile. What sort of roles do you find you enjoy playing the most?

Lauren Ashley Carter: I choose the roles that appeal to me at the time, so obviously this changes as I get older. They’ve got to be different, otherwise I feel like I’m cheating myself and audiences. I enjoy characters that have to discover the world before they can be in it. I’ve yet to play a character that knows more than the audience. Maybe that’s next…

DC: Horror fans predominately know you as an actress, but you’ve also created your own short films and web series (and that Jackie Chan audiobook!) How do you determine the stories you want to tell as a creator compared to the roles you choose to play?

LAC: I have always been a creator first. I began writing plays when I was about six or seven years old and asking my classmates to act in them. I was appalled by some of the performances, to be honest, and fired a couple of my actors, stepped in and took on the roles myself. 

When I was living in NYC, most of the auditions I was going out for were for obnoxious characters: leaky robots that cried in a court house, and badly written, or under written, guest roles on TV shows. Others were for indie films that had no plot, other than awkward living room chats and uncomfortable sex scenes. And then commercial auditions where I’m standing next to some gorgeous 5’10” print model having to amuse a casting director with an anecdote about my breakfast. 

Rejection never bothered me, but the boredom and repetition of memorizing crap text drove me fucking bonkers. So, I started to create again. It’s so important to keep your mind fresh and to always have access to your imagination. It’s easy to lose that, and to let your mind atrophy, hustling to pay your bills and memorizing so much garbage. Creating new work is the best way to keep your imagination alive. Even if it doesn’t amount to dollar signs, even if it turns out to be more garbage-y than the garbage you were shitting on, it is rewarding, and it can tell you a lot about yourself. 

I like to tell stories about the world I see, and hopefully make people laugh when they look at it through my eyes. Comedy, my own sense of humor and the sense of humor of those closest to me, and also comedy content, got me through the toughest of times. I try to keep it light and have a sense of humor about the darkness because I don’t want to get sucked into the nothingness that’s on the other side. 

DC: In Imitation Girl, you play a character that works as an amateur porn star. Given the stigmas attached to sex workers, what drew you to this character?

LAC: I knew quite a few exotic dancers growing up. The least interesting thing about them was that they were exotic dancers. They were all extremely layered women, many of them hurt, drug addicts, mothers, caretakers, enthusiastic, volatile. They are so often reduced to their occupations. I’ve since worked on another project, specifically about a sex worker, and it’s a world that I want to explore more. Porn stars, amateur porn actors, cam girls, working girls, dancers- these are all occupations that I think a lot of us have thought about, maybe even tried for a time. The events that lead women to these jobs, whether they remain long term or not, all of this interests me. The stories of these women’s lives are so much richer than their job descriptions. And maybe if we know their stories, we will see them as flesh and blood. 

DC: I actually really hate this question, but the unfortunate reality is that there are so many people that don’t have any insight to how films are actually made. How do you feel working on set with a male director compared to a female director?

LAC: From person to person, as we know, we aren’t that much different. We have more in common than we don’t. The biggest difference I notice in the male/female dynamic is in numbers. When there are more women on a crew, or more female producers, things feel more calm, work gets done efficiently and without panic. I’m talking about my crews, I guess, because I can’t think of a time this has ever happened otherwise. We get compliments after about how much fun everyone had, how stress-free it was, and how they’d love to be back on set with us. 

I’ve only worked with one female film director, Natasha Kermani (on Imitation Girl), and she’s brilliant because she knows so much about every department. And I’ve worked with men that are absolutely wonderful, intuitive, caring, sympathetic, patient. Conversely, I’ve worked with men that are careless, destructive, arrogant, and downright sociopathic. So, the jury is out on the stats of all of this…but wouldn’t it be nice if we had the opportunity to know! What I’m saying is, there aren’t enough female directors working. 

DC: I couldn’t agree with you more. Last question, something fun. If you had the opportunity to play an iconic horror character in a remake, what character would you play and why?

LAC: Well, I would never want to step into the shoes of an icon, that’s exactly how you twist an ankle and fall on your face, BJ. But if I must, then I’d love to take on Quint from Jaws. That’s pretty much my personality after a bottle of wine, anyway. Just throw me on a boat and roll the cameras. 

Lauren Ashely Carter is also the curator for the March edition of Box of Dread! There are only a few unclaimed boxes at the time we are writing these words so sign up now before they sell out and are gone forever! Reserve your subscription by clicking here.

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Walking Dead Movie In the Works?



The season 8 finale of The Walking Dead recently scored the lowest views of one of the show’s season finales since the very first. Ouch. But that doesn’t seem to be deterring the powers that be behind the scenes from thinking bigger.

In fact, former showrunner Scott Gimple recently talked about the possibility of a The Walking Dead with Vulture saying, “That kind of variety, that’s we’re talking about. All the differences of the ways we tell the story, yeah, what we can feature and all that. There’s a whole universe of possibilities.”

Hurm. I know AMC wants to keep the series going in any way possible so a movie doesn’t seem out of the question. But I wonder if enough people would want to shell out cash to see it in theaters?

How would you feel about a The Walking Dead movie? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!


Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. Led by former police officer Rick Grimes, his family and a group of other survivors find themselves constantly on the move in search of a safe and secure home. But the pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty, and Rick discovers that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them.


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Universal Ready to Rip and Tear a New Doom Adaptation



We just found some pretty incredible news for those who love video game-to-film adaptations: actress/singer-songwriter Nina Bergman tweeted that she’s joined the cast of a new Universal adaptation of Doom, the 1993 video game series from developer id Software. Bergman states the film will be shooting soon in Bulgaria and that she will be working with a “super cool Director”, who she also describes as “…an actors director, not scared of taking chances, thinks outside the box, writes crazy cool female characters and dialog.” This was a response to a now deleted tweet from writer/director Tony Giglio, who wrote three of the Death Race films and directed Timber Falls, Extraction, and S.W.A.T.: Under Siege.

Bergman describes the film as the “next Doom“, so it’s uncertain whether or not this will be a sequel, a reboot, or a whole new reimagining.

Universal released a film adaptation in 2005 with stars Karl Urban and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and drew in about $55 million off a $60 million budget. Not a critical success by any stretch of the imagination, the film has since garnered a cult following, as evidenced by our own Matt Donato’s recent appreciation in his Drinking With the Dread column.

While I’m most certainly excited for a new adaptation of Doom, I’m curious how this one will play out. Bartkowiak’s adaptation didn’t touch upon perhaps the most important aspect of the series, which is that all the monsters and demons are denizens of Hell, which sends the “Doom Marine” into the bowels of the ultimate inferno to wage war on their own turf. Admittedly, to pull something like that off and make it look good will certainly cost a pretty penny, so who knows if Universal is ready to make that gamble with this new adaptation? If they do decide to go that route, I have a feeling that the film will automatically be seen in a better light that the 2005 film.

This news also comes ahead of this year’s E3 festival, where rumors are swirling that Bethesda will announce a sequel to 2016’s Doom, which went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases that year, including winning Best Action Game from the 2016 The Game’s Awards. If this is also true, we could be seeing a resurgence of Doom in all the best ways possible.


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