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Announcing the Winners of the Epic Pictures/Dread Central/ScareLA Pitch Contest!



Last month we helped launch a pitch contest where filmmakers could get $5,000 toward creating a crowdfunding campaign as well as a development financing deal with Epic Pictures Group that would include promotional support through us and ScareLA.

To enter, filmmakers had to submit a 250-word pitch as well as a character summary that would then be evaluated by several judges (myself included) before it was determined who would go on to the next round. However, since there were so many fantastic submissions, we realized that we couldn’t pick just one so we picked THREE people to move forward where they will meet with Epic Pictures’ development team to develop their pitches and prepare their projects for production, including budgeting and a financing plan.

Depending on how things go, one, two, or possibly all three projects will be awarded $5,000 toward a crowdfunding campaign, which will be supported by Indiegogo, Epic Pictures Group, ScareLA, and Dread Central.

So, without further ado, here are the three projects that will be moving forward!

David Barak’s THE NAZCA DIG

Bio: Dave Barak’s work in film began with 16mm and has continued with the introduction of digital technology. He’s filled several behind-the-camera roles, including those of writer, director, cinematographer, and others. He’s worked on feature films, short films, and television shows. When necessary, Dave has reluctantly stepped in front of the camera, including one appearance as an elderly woman.

Before film, Dave worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer, a newspaper copy editor, illustrator, and even as a restaurant reviewer. He served in the US Navy as a San Diego-based Sensor Operator (SENSO) aboard S-3A Viking aircraft, deploying aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

Pitch: Erica Franklin spends the summer supervising an archaeological team searching for artifacts and mummified bodies in the desert outside Nazca, Peru.

Trouble plagues the team from the very beginning, when a mysterious disease sickens several people, killing one. Erica believes they’ve released pathogens harbored in recently unearthed bodies, but local workers hired to help out refuse to show up, claiming a curse is causing the problem.

Although a skeptic, Erica gives in to pressure and calls in a priest to bless the project. The workers return, and routine settles in, but not for long.

Disease ends up being the least of their problems after a jar containing the mummified head of a snake is found, its mouth pinned shut by two huarango tree spines – the same way warriors of the ancient Nazca culture prepared the severed heads of their vanquished enemies. Each new artifact introduces an unexplained and often deadly complication to be handled.

Despite Erica’s misgivings, a curse seems to be the only explanation.

Sophia Cacciola’s THE CAUL

Bio: Sophia Cacciola is a director and cinematographer known for sociopolitical micro-budget horror and sci-fi feature films including the feminist vampire throwback Blood of the Tribades and the cerebral time-loop trance, Magnetic. Her award-winning films have played at more than 40 film festivals and have been distributed world-wide. In addition to her film work, Sophia is also an accomplished no-wave punk singer-songwriter drummer with The Prisoner-inspired band Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.

Pitch: The Caul is a 70s giallo-inspired, allegorical mystery. Vulnavia is a centenarian witch who uses blood rituals to keep the evil of the world balanced with the good. She is reaching the end of her life and must set out to find her replacement: a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter born with a caul.

A desperate man, Battista, approaches the witch Vulnavia after his wife, Donna, a seventh daughter, has miscarried for the sixth time. Vulnavia agrees to help ensure that Donna’s seventh pregnancy will be successful, under one condition: Battista must sacrifice himself by walking into the ocean during a full moon on the night of his daughter’s birth to give the child the gift of the caul. Battista agrees to this deal, unbeknownst to his wife, who then raises their child, Caterina, alone.

Some years later, as Caterina is on the cusp of womanhood, Donna notices changes in her daughter’s behavior that have her worried that Caterina is possessed by an evil force. The fear worsens as Donna begins piecing together the circumstances of Caterina’s conception, birth, and Battista’s sacrifice while researching demonic rituals in dusty libraries. As Donna fears Caterina will be taken by the increasingly powerful forces of evil taking hold of their town, she races against time to rescue her daughter.

Vulnavia performs her final blood ritual to commemorate Caterina’s transition, and Donna must recognize that fate has given Caterina a greater purpose. Donna must release Caterina and accept her ascension to guardian.


Bio: Chain Greer was introduced to horror from a young age, and productions such as “Tales from fhe Crypt” and Halloween have had a large impact on her life and given her a deep rooted love for the horror genre. She was also taught to read early on in my life, and her love for books has influenced her talent for writing. She has been writing since she could hold a pen and has been working toward completing many novels, short stories, and poems for several years. In her spare time she continues to hone this craft, always trying to write something new and come up with more unique ideas.

Pitch: Almost everyone considers suicide at least once in their lives. For several, they consider it more than that. For several more, they follow through. But what if we could change that? What if we could see what would happen to us after we commit the taboo act? Would we still want to die, even after we’ve lived a day in that world? Or would we try to live, to fight, to help others going through the same struggle?

The Suicide Pact is simple: Travel to a proverbial purgatory, battle the monsters lurking there, assist others in the same situation, and win the war against the worst demon of all: yourself. And if you make it through all of that, you get to make a choice: continue on your original path to commit suicide, or take a second chance at life. You’ve got nothing to lose. Right?


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Want a LEGO Godzilla Set? Here’s Your Chance!



The longest-running franchises in cinema history, the Godzilla films have created a cultural icon in the form of the titular beast. Simply hearing its roar or seeing its silhouette is enough to let us know precisely what we’re looking at. Having ventured out of cinema and forayed into TV shows, comic books, video games, and countless merchandise options, Godzilla still hasn’t managed to break into one of the world’s most popular toy company: LEGO. However, that might change if BRICK_101 has their say via LEGO Ideas, where they submitted a design based on the 1954 original film!

Here’s the description from the site:
This model contains approximately 850 LEGO pieces, stands 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and measures 17 inches (44 cm) from head to tail. Godzilla has had many different designs over the years, but we based ours on the original 1954 movie. The arms, legs, jaw, and tail are hinged to allow the model to be posed in a variety of positions. In addition to Godzilla, the set also includes a small microscale train for Godzilla to stomp on or chomp on and a flame piece to represent Godzilla’s atomic breath.

The website allows people to submit their own ideas (such as this Call of Cthulhu set) and then allow the public to vote on whether or not they want to see it get made. Should the idea get 10,000 votes, it then gets moved up the ladder within LEGO’s headquarters and a decision is made to see if they want to make an official set.

So, if you want to see LEGO make an official Godzilla set, click on the link above and cast your vote!


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#Brainwaves Episode 78 Guest Announcement: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini



The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all. Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

Join us this coming Wednesday, February 21st, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is available to subscribe to on iTunes and Stitcher.

Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.


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Supernatural Irish Horror Beyond the Woods Hits Home Video and VOD This February



Supernatural Irish horror Beyond the Woods makes its way to DVD and VOD from Left Films!

Shot on location in Ireland, Beyond the Woods echoes the creepy supernatural horror of recent Irish genre hits The Hallow and The Canal, with its eerie and grisly tale of an unknown evil.

Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway but unfortunately for them a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It’s burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them…but it’s getting worse. Soon the troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has crawled from the sinkhole and will any of them survive the weekend?

Following a successful run on the festival circuit where it picked up the Best Feature Film Award at the World International Film Festival Montreal in 2017, Seán Breathnach’s spine-chilling low budget nightmare finally makes its way to UK and North American DVD and VOD courtesy of Left Films.

On digital/VOD February 5th, DVD February 19th.



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