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Now here’s one I bet you never saw coming. A two-disc special edition of one of the worst movies ever made: Manos, The Hands of Fate. And that’s why the people at Shout! Factory are so awesome.

Manos, The Hands of Fate probably would have vanished into the void of bad film obscurity had it not been for “Mystery Science Theater 3000” making the 1966 horror flick legendary on an episode considered by many fans of the show to be the best of the series. TVshowsonDVD.com brings word that Shout! will be giving the film royal treatment in a two-disc set that celebrates both the movie and the shellacking it took from Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo.

The first disc will feature the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” Manos, The Hands of Fate episode. Disc extras will include something called ‘Group Therapy’, wherein MST alumni Joel Hodgson, Frank Coniff, and Mary Jo Pell relive the horror that was Manos. You’ll also find the wraparound segments from the short-lived syndicated “MST Hour” episodes that rebroadcast the film and an exclusive mini-poster by artist Steve Vance.

The second disc presents Manos, The Hands of Fate in its original format for those that dare watch it without the built-in heckling. Extras on this disc will include two Manos mini-documentaries chronicling the film’s production entitled “Hotel Torgo” and “Jam Handy to the Rescue: A Ballyhoo Production”. In keeping with MST3K tradition, the MiSTified educational short subject “Hired” will be included.

Shout! Factory will release the Manos, The Hands of Fate Two-Disc Special Edition on September 13th, and it will retail for $24.97. Amazon already has it available for pre-order. Place your orders now before the master is informed.

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Amy Adams and HBO’s SHARP OBJECTS Poster Welcomes You Home

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A few weeks back I asked the question Is HBO’s Sharp Objects Mini-Series With Amy Adams Horror?” I got some interesting responses but needless to say, at the end of the day, the question is still up the air. But regardless of all that, I still plan on checking out the series one it begins airing this summer.

And if you’re on this boat with me, then you’ll be interested to check out the new poster for the series, which you can see in high-res by clicking on the thumbnail to the right.

Are you looking forward to this series as much as I am? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram!

The eight-episode series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, scripted by Marti Noxon from the book by Gillian Flynn, and stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlon, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. It hits HBO in July 2018.

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Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

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Wrestling Horror Film PARTS UNKNOWN Gets A Grindhouse Trailer

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If you’re not bothered by the sight of maggot-infested corpses, you might be interested in checking out the trailer for Parts Unknown, the new grindhouse-style horror movie from writer and director Richard Chandler (Legless, Scrooge in the Hood, Witch Hunt). As you’ll notice, the trailer is heavy on three things: wrestling, horror, and neon.

In the film, a family of professional wrestlers grow tired of putting their bodies on the line, and decide to seek out a new way to satisfy their bloodlust. It stars Jake Roberts, James Balsamo, Jack Caron, Ken Holmes, James Balsamo, Georgia Rose Matlack, Gary Lee Vincent, and William DeCoff.

Parts Unknown will have its world premiere on June 9 at the Capitol Theater Building in Arlington, Massachusetts. If you’re in the area, you can get your tickets here. There will be two screenings on the day, one at 7pm and the other at 9:30pm, so make sure you book accordingly.

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Zena’s Period Blood: Dying for a DEAD END

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It can be difficult finding horror films of quality, so allow me to welcome you to your salvation from frustration. “Zena’s Period Blood” is here to guide you to the horror films that will make you say, “This is a good horror. Point blank. PERIOD.”

“Zena’s Period Blood” focuses on under-appreciated and hidden horror films.

How do you turn $900,000 into $77,000,000? Offer directors Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa the initial amount and give them the freedom to let their minds wander. In 2003, both directors accomplished this unimaginable feat with Dead End. Under the clouds of a small budget, typical poster and insubstantial trailer, most viewers forecasted one long stretch of boredom. However, 15 minutes in and I was as hooked as a pervert in a strip club with his tax refund money. In 83 minutes, the movie unravels and exposes intelligent craftsmanship with story, acting and location, introducing us to the Harrington family and their demise.

After 20 years following the same route, Frank Harrington (Ray Wise) decides to take his family down a shortcut to his in-laws home during Christmas Eve. Wife Laura (Lin Shaye) sings in the passenger seat, serving as the optimistic family unifier who is often ignored by her husband and children. Behind Frank is their oldest child Marion (Alexandra Holden), unnervingly sheltered under the arm of her soon-to-be fiancé, Brad. And forever mom’s favorite boy is Richard (Mick Cain), who rocks out to Marilyn Manson blaring in his headphones. After this brief introduction to the characters and their distinct personalities, we witness everyone fall asleep, including Frank, who refuses to let anyone else drive.

Several seconds pass before the Jeep Wagoneer veers into the opposite lane. Gradually, a honk pleads from an approaching car, startling the Harrington family and forcing Frank to fight with the wheel until he brings the Jeep to a stop. Wide-awake, the family begins to move forward, now entrapped on a new, never-ending road.

I could elaborate on so many scary details in the movie, but the never-ending road stands out the most. What makes it worse is that there are signs for a town called Marcott, with an arrow indicating the town is straight ahead. But the Harringtons never reach the town. This scares me because I believe that every human being has a mental list of things they are scared of or things they should keep an eye out for in certain situations. Unfortunately, this movie exists to expand that list. What sucks for me is that my husband likes taking back roads. Because I strive to have a happy marriage and a peaceful death, I usually fall asleep to avoid an argument and the grim reaper, both of which usually exist on these particular roads. However, I never imagined that a back road could become a never-ending road. Man that would suck!

Speaking of never-ending, the directors became devils of discomfort by never really showing the deceased’s mutilated body, leaving your brain struggling to piece together the unseen image long after the movie ends. Throughout the movie, the family and Brad are picked off one by one. We mainly suffer these devatations through the reactions of the family members that are still alive, sometimes witnessing them lift a severed ear or caress a charred hand. This movie taught me that I can still taste bile at the back of my throat when a mutilation is suggested rather than shown.

Directors Andrea and Canepa accomplished greatness in Dead End with little time and little money. It is a testament that imagination coupled with skill is the true combination to capturing a big budget feel. I hope that all the individuals behind this movie have a long, never-ending road ahead of them because they have delivered brilliance to the world. This is a good horror. Point blank. Period.


In addition to contributing to Dread Central, Zena Dixon has been writing about all things creepy and horrific for over six years at RealQueenofHorror.com. She has always loved horror films and will soon be known directing her own feature-length horror. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @LovelyZena.

 


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