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“Bloody” Billy Pon Releases (VERY NSFW) CIRCUS OF DEAD Hand-Washing PSA

The Hollywood community has rallied together during the Coronavirus crisis, encouraging folks to stay inside and remain vigilant–but the horror community is also stepping up to the plate. We recently shared a PSA from Robert Englund (link below) and, today,m we have something really special to share!

Related Article: STAY SAFE PSA FROM ROBERT ENGLUND

“Bloody” Billy Pon, the writer/director of the cult horror Circus of the Dead has created a (VERY NSFW) hand-washing PSA! Best of all, it’s something of a Circus of the Dead reunion! Before you press “Play” at the top of the article–brace yourself! If you know anything about “Bloody” Bill and Circus of the Dead, you know that things will get… Extreme!

Best of all, the PSA is something of a Circus of the Dead reunion!

“Bill Oberst Jr. voices ‘Lil’ Papa’ (the penis) and Rusty Edwards reprises his role as Mister Blister” Pon explains. “The CGI created to make the penis talk was actually done by Ryan Clapp the actor that ironically played the mentally challenged clown Noodledome. I shot and edited it and it was filmed inside the bathroom in my West Texas Haunt.”

Related Article: MIKE MENDEZ MADE A QUARANTINE-THEMED SHORT FILM–AND YOU SHOULD TOO!

If you’ve never experienced the madcap insanity of Circus of the Dead, check out the trailer and synopsis below. It’s currently out of print and not online, but I have it on pretty good authority that a reissue is in the works. Stay tuned for details as news emerges…

Synopsis:
A man becomes entangled in a deadly morality game when the circus comes to town and a sadistic clown forces him to examine the things in life he takes for granted in the most horrific ways.

Related Article: MR. H MADE A SHORT FILM INSPIRED BY THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK–AND YOU SHOULD TOO!

Should Pon’s PSA inspire you to make one of your own, consider entering Dread Central’s Outbreak Breakout Short Film Contest!

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While the Entertainment Industry has slowed substantially during the Coronavirus crisis, quarantined filmmakers and film fans may find themselves with time on their (normally busy) hands. We decided to give you guys a project to stay busy and inspired: The Outbreak Breakout Short Film Contest!

It’s simple: Make a short film inspired by COVID-19 and/or outbreak/pandemic horror movies. You can make an original story or an homage to an existing franchise (like Night of the Living Dead, or Quarantine). It can be as long as 2 minutes or as short as 30 seconds.

In an effort to level the playing field while simultaneously supporting the DIY spirit of this contest, all entries must be filmed on a smartphone! You can use film editing apps to complete your film. If you’re new, HERE are some great film editing apps you can use on your iPhoneAndroid users, we’ve found some apps for guy guys, too; pop over HERE.

The Grand Prize Winner will take home a $500 cash prize; Second Place will get $200 in Dread store merchandise and Third Place will get $100 in Dread store merchandise.

But that’s not all. We’ll share your film with everyone here and on Dread Central’s YouTube channel. And… Your film will also be reviewed as a proof of concept for a potential feature film produced by Dread! No guarantees on your short getting made, but it’s got a chance!

Deadline for submission is Monday, April 6th at 5 PM (PST).

Send your film to info@dreadcentral.com with “OUTBREAK BREAKOUT” in the Subject line.

You must agree to the terms below:

1. Film Length, Content, Format & Type: Film entries shall not exceed 2 minutes running time including credits (credits not to exceed 5% of the total running time). Entries must be filmed on a smartphone, but outside editing software can be used for production. The submission must suitable (nothing more than a “hard R” rating) for Dread Central’s audience. Submissions must be in MP4 format.

2. Eligibility: The competition is open only to US residents.  Submissions must be received no later than 5pm PST on Monday, April 6th.

3. Prizes: The Winners shall be announced on April 13th, 2020.

4. Releases and Copyright: Original, non-copyrighted material.  Each filmmaker must guarantee that no copyrighted material was used for the creation of their short.

5. Judging: The panel of judges will be comprised of Dread Central staff. Judges’ decisions will be final.

6. Deadline: All submissions must be submitted by end of business, April 6th, 2020.

7. Dread will be granted the exclusive first right to develop your short into a feature if it wins a top 3 prize.

We want to make one thing very clear: This is NOT an invitation to ignore self-isolation and social distancing. We do NOT want you to go out and film empty streets, mingle with your actor friends, or purchase supplies. We want you to embrace the “Quarantine” spirit of this contest by using only what’s already at your disposal. Entries that appear to ignore these guidelines will be disqualified.

Have at it, Dread Central fans! Show us what you got!

What did you think of “Bloody” Billy Pon’s Circus of the Dead hand-washing PSA? Are you excited to participate in The Outbreak Breakout Short Film Contest? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.

What do you think?

Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Cheif at Dread Central.

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