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Writer/director Drew Daywalt is no stranger to the independent horror world. In fact, a few of his projects have already shown up on other filmmakers’ lists, and during some Indie Horror Month interviews that will be running later this month, his name pops up frequently.

So when it came time to reach out to filmmakers for this week’s series of lists, we knew he needed to be a part of our celebration of the independent horror filmmaking spirit.

Daywalt is currently busy working on a new series for MTV called “Death Valley” but was kind enough to give us a quick list of some of his favorite indie genre gems when he had some downtime recently.

Indie Horror Month: Drew Daywalt's Top Five Classic Independent Horror Films

According to Daywalt, “These are my five indie horror films you need to see before you die. They’re oldies, but that’s my specialty, so I’ll hang my hat on that. My five films span 40 years of early horror filmmaking and mark the independent spirit that has spurred on horror directors since horror cinema was born in 1896. They range from obscure Swedish high cinema to Roger Corman’s cheapest, most eloquent best. All were done outside the studio system, outside mainstream, had an excellent script, and each captured the horror spirit of its time.”

1. THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE 1921 – Victor Sjöström, director
2. I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE 1943 – Jacques Tourneur, director
3. STRANGLER OF THE SWAMP 1946 – Frank Wisbar, director
4. NIGHT OF THE DEMON (aka CURSE OF THE DEMON) 1957 – Jacques Tourneur, director
5. A BUCKET OF BLOOD 1959 – Roger Corman, director

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UK Readers: Win a Copy of WINCHESTER on DVD

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With Winchester heading to DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on May 28, we’ve giving three lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the supernatural horror film on DVD. For your chance to win, you’ll need to answer the following question correctly.

How many years did it take to build the Winchester house?

A. 38 years
B. 12 years
C. 100 years

Email your answer to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Winchester Competition” in your subject line, and we’ll take care of the rest. The competition closes on May 28, and please don’t enter if you live outside the UK.

Winchester was directed by the Spierig Brothers, and was co-distributed by Lionsgate and CBS Films. It stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren alongside Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey, and Angus Sampson.

Winchester Official Synopsis
On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the eccentric firearm heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, it is a house that knows no end.

Renowned for its enormous size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan, the Winchester house was constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades. It stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms with numerous oddities. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

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Los Angeles Readers: Win Tickets to UPGRADE’s LA Premiere With Leigh Whannel in Attendance!

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Hey Los Angeles readers! We’ve got a pretty amazing contest available for you as we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to a random select few of you so that you can see the film at its premiere where writer/director Leigh Whannell and stars Logan Marshall-Green and Betty Gabriel will be in attendance! The event will be held at the Egyptian Theater the evening of May 30. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below!

After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The Invitation) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out). The film is released through BH Tilt.

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AHS 8 Will Be More Like ASYLUM and COVEN

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News has been steadily coming in regarding the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Story. It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the new season, which begins shooting this June.

And today we have word via Deadline regarding just what the tone will be for this new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive.

It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season,” Murphy said. “We’re sort of getting back to Asylum and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”

Personally, I really enjoyed the grounded tone of AHS: Cult and I think it helped rejuvenate the series. But then again, a return to the tone of perhaps the show’s most beloved season (AHS: Asylum) is just what the series needs in the long run.

Are you excited to hear AHS 8 will be going back to the tone of Asylum and Coven? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

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