We’ve shared a couple posters for the latest installment in the enduring Leprechaun franchise, Leprechaun Returns, over the past couple weeks. Today, we’ve gotten our first look at the trailer for the film, and it looks like a jolly good time for horror fans! This time, the titular Leprechaun has set his sights on the AU Sorority House, and some intuitive fans have already commented on the fact that AU is the symbol for gold on the Periodic Table!
Directed by Steven Kostanski from a script penned by Suzanne Keilly, the film hits various VOD platforms on December 11th.
Synopsis: The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first, he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.
DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
“Going Green – An Interview with Director Steven Kostanski” Featurette
BTS Footage Compilation
The movie stars original Leprechaun actor Mark Holton who returns to the series for the first time since the 1993 film; Leprechaun Returns also stars Taylor Spreitler, Sai Bennett, and Linden Porco as the titular Leprechaun.
Are you a fan of the Leprechaun movies? Are you excited to check out Leprechaun Returns this December? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
Last week, a good old-fashioned rodeo came to Los Angeles when Dread Central Presents’ Lasso had a premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater, which was attended by cast and crew. The near-sold out event saw a packed theater cheering and screaming as they sat next to people like director Evan Cecil, writer Roberto Marinas, and actors Andrew Jacobs, Heather Mignon, and more! Above is a short video from the red carpet event.
“An Active Senior Tour group outing turns deadly when the crazed, bloodthirsty cowboys from a local rodeo attraction start abducting and killing people.”
The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Lindsey Morgan, Andrew Jacobs, Karen Grassle, and Benedita Pereira. It was directed by Evan Cecil, who produces alongside Elaine Marie Gibson and Todd Myers, off a script by Roberto Marinas.
Lasso is now on On Demand platforms and Blu-ray. You can find out how to get your copy right here.
You have to have a bit of a masochistic streak to even attempt watching a movie by controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier. Perhaps best known for his anti-Eden allegory Antichrist, a film that featured graphic scenes of genital mutilation, von Trier was also banned from Sundance after making remakes sympathetic to Nazis while promoting Melancholia. So, when audiences at Cannes walked out of his most recent feature, The House That Jack Built, in droves, those of us in the know were hardly surprised.
For a certain segment of horror fans, the controversy and rumors of extremely graphic/violent content only make The House of Jack Built more appealing. While the film is getting a theatrical release on December 14th, fans of envelope-pushing depravity will have the opportunity to see the same version of The House that Jack Built that repulsed audiences at Cannes. The only catch is that the Director’s Cut will screen for one night only on November 28th.
To find participating theaters and/or purchase tickets, visit the film’s official website, HERE.
To get an idea of whether or not The House That Jack Built is something you want to subject yourself too, give the synopsis and trailer a look-see below.
Synopsis: In five episodes, failed architect and vicious sociopath Jack recounts his elaborately orchestrated murders — each, as he views them, a towering work of art that defines his life’s work as a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest.
The House That Jack Built stars Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, and Uma Thurman.
Are you a fan of Lars von Trier? Are you excited (or curious) to check out The House That Jack Built later this year? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
South America’s infamous baby-face serial killer takes center stage in El Angel, the new film from Argentinean director Luis Ortega (Lulu, The Dirty Saints) that hit select screens last week.
Produced by Pedro Almodóvar’s El Deseo (The Skin I Live In) and Kramer & Sigman Films (Wild Tales, The Clan), the ’70s-era film follows the violent exploits of 17-year-old Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) in sunny Buenos Aires. These true crimes escalate from home break-ins to murder, but what makes the character’s misdeeds truly disturbing is the nonchalance and dispassion Carlitos exhibits while committing these acts.
After debuting at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and breaking box-office records in its native Argentina, El Angel opened last Friday at NYC’s Angelika Film Center and LA’s NuArt from indie distributor The Orchard. Ortega granted Dread Central this exclusive interview.
Tony Timpone: The movie is loosely based on the crimes of Carlos Robledo Puch. How and when did you first learn of this notorious Argentinean killer?
Luis Ortega: Well, he’s like Argentina’s Charles Manson (but a baby face killer), so he is very famous. By the time he committed the crimes in 1971, he was a boy who looked a lot like Marylin Monroe. The press made a big deal about him because no one so pretty was supposed to kill you. My good friend Rodolfo Palacios wrote a book about him in the style of In Cold Blood. I grew up with films like The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Bonnie and Clyde, Drugstore Cowboy, and Badlands, and I wanted to do a movie in that tradition.
TT: How much of El Angel reflects the true-life story?
LO: Hard to say at this point because it happened a long time ago. he denied most of it, a lot of what the press said is very doubtful and, of course, you can’t believe the police. But I’m not interested at all in biopics or anything like that.
I like characters who you never know what they are going to do next, that are crazy to live and willing to risk their life because that’s all you can really risk. So, you inspire your writing in someone you know, or read about, but mostly on the things you went through or the way you see certain events. I wanted to make the best film I could make and shed some light on “the criminal child,” but from a child’s point of view. Most of the inspiration came from reading Jean Genet.
TT: What made you want to tell this story?
LO: These stories that can go anywhere, basically because the characters don’t play by the rules, are very generous when you sit down to write. You close your eyes and watch the actor move in your head, so you type that down. Maybe you don’t agree with his or her acts, but it’s very amusing to realize you are not in control. It becomes something dangerous, and somewhere along the process you start steering toward something that has to do with your own sense of morality, or amorality, a “style.” In El Angel, the kid sees civilization as something so artificial (I grew up in Miami) he believes life is a play and everything is staged, even death. He thinks God is watching to see how he reacts to this fraud. So, there is this religious feeling he has, as if he were in a movie or a farce.
TT: Did you meet the real killer in prison during your research phase?
LO: I wanted to but he is too schizophrenic by now. Actually, I’m glad it didn’t happen, because if I had seen something really evil, it would have probably messed with the script, with this idea I already had in mind of my own character.
TT: You say Carlito’s sees himself as “God’s spy” and acts as if he is living a “movie star” life. Explain.
LO: When I was a kid, I loved being alone and breaking into houses or any private property; going through people’s drawers or personal belongings and not necessarily robbing anything. Just spying like a ghost. I always felt a strange presence when I did this. As if truth were hidden, on purpose, somewhere beyond all these limits. So, there was this religious feeling toward little criminal acts. Then I started watching so many films that these two realities got all mixed up. Carlitos thinks God is filming him, and he is always wired by this feeling of being alive, on stage, performing.
TT: You see any similarity between Versace killer Andrew Cunanan and Carlitos?
LO: I don’t know much about the Versace case, but I remember walking by Miami Beach days later and seeing that his blood was still fresh on the sidewalk.
TT: What made Carlitos a killer? He comes from a home with loving parents and a good home.
LO: Most events don’t have an answer, and if they did, it wouldn’t be worth making a film about them. Maybe there are things unsolved that one is born with and in the course of figuring it out, you can really mess up. You can kill yourself or hurt someone, for example. Freedom for some people is like a monkey with a knife.
TT: How difficult was it to cast Carlitos?
LO: Lorenzo Ferro was the first out of a thousand kids I saw, and I knew it was him the moment I saw him. I also knew that I had to see the other 999 just to prove it. The hard part was that I wanted someone who had never acted or even been to an acting class. So, we had to start from ground zero. It was a lot of work.
TT: What made you chose a first-time actor?
LO: There was something in his eyes that disturbed me a little. I could picture him shooting someone in their sleep and thinking it’s all a game. Also, Lorenzo would practically ignore me when we would meet and I found that unique, like no actor was going to do that. It could have been because he was an embarrassed teenager, but the way he expressed it was attractive.
TT: What kind of direction did you give him?
LO: We talked a lot about all these things I’m telling you. I tried to transfer as much as possible my own experience. He learned to act with my voice over his actions. Maybe he would receive certain direction or lines on the spot while we were rolling the scene, so he would do it for the first time on the take. But mostly we rehearsed a lot. We became like Siamese twins. He knew my intentions to a point where it was freaky. I’m sure he was the only person in the world who could play that part. You can tell when you see the film.
TT: How much input did producer Pedro Almodóvar have on the production?
LO: A lot, but in a supporting way. His long-time producer Esther García worked with us from day one.
It’s shaping up to be the biggest battle royale since Freddy fought Jason back in 2003. Godzilla vs Kong is slated for release May 22, 2020, from director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, Blair Witch). Not much is known about the film beyond the fact that it’ll be a sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, and next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters (stomping into US theaters on May 31st).
Actors attached to Godzilla vs Kong include Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, and The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira (though the latter is merely rumored to be participating at this point). Plot details were scant right up until yesterday afternoon when an official synopsis hit the internet! Here it is:
In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.
Since the film is still over 18-months away from being released, we’ll be waiting quite some time still before we get a trailer or any additional details. In the meantime, have a look at the synopsis and trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters below.
Synopsis: Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
What do you think of the synopsis for Godzilla vs Kong? Are you excited to check out Godzilla: King of the Monsters in May? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
There are people whose work puts them on a level that few will ever reach. They are seen as the very best of the best, those who took their craft and elevated it beyond what anyone thought was possible. Such was the case with comic writer Stan Lee, who sadly passed away today at the age of 95 according to THR.
Lee’s career began in 1939 when he was an assistant at Timely Comics, which would eventually develop into Marvel Comics. Originally working as what was essentially an intern, Lee’s first comic gig was as text filler on Captain America #3, which came out in 1941, for the segment “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge”. In the same year, Lee’s first superhero, Destroyer, was co-created.
In the years since, Lee was responsible, along with Jack Kirby, for the creation of the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, and so much more. But perhaps the character he is most known for was Spider-Man, who has come to life in multiple film iterations and has shared the screen with other characters he created.
A champion of promoting literacy and the arts, Lee founded the Stan Lee Foundation in 2010 with the goal of supporting, “…equal access to literacy and education.”
We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends in this heartbreaking time. We also join the mourning millions of people whose lives were forever changed by his words, his characters, his seemingly boundless enthusiasm for life, and his endless positivity that the world could, and will, be a better place for all.
When George A. Romero passed away in 2017, he left behind dozens of unmade screenplays, an unfinished novel, and an unreleased film, produced in the early 1970s, called Amusement Park. When Romero’s widow Suzanne Desrocher-Romero hired Guillermo del Toro collaborator Daniel Kraus to complete the novel, she also graced him with a private screening of Amusement Park. Now, the filmmaker is championing the unseen film’s release (via Twitter), describing it in legendary terms.
“With the exception of Night of the Living Dead -maybe- The Amusement Park is Romero’s most overtly horrifying film. Hugely upsetting in form & function.”
“It was never shown publicly. The people who funded it wouldn’t allow it. And no wonder. It’s hellish. In Romero’s long career of criticizing American institutions, never was he so merciless.”
“It’s dangerous and uncomfortable.”
With the exception of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD—maybe—THE AMUSEMENT PARK is Romero’s most overtly horrifying film. Hugely upsetting in form & function. pic.twitter.com/BmyS5iTIyU
We’ve been following The Satanic Temple’s litigious maneuvering against Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for several weeks. The lawsuit stems from the show’s use of a Baphomet statue in the lobby of The School for Unseen Arts, a design TST believes is an appropriation of a copyrighted design that they own. To recap:
The Satanic Temple claims the show’s statue design is an appropriation of proprietary material, as they recently unveiled their own 9-foot statue of Baphomet. But the Temple’s gripe goes beyond copyright infringement; Satanic Temple Co-Founder Lucien Greaves feels the use of the Baphomet statue in Sabrina maligns the true nature of Satanism, calling the show “asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”
In response to the $50M lawsuit filmed 2 weeks ago, The Church of Satan has released a statement that’s twofold in purpose. First, it differentiates itself from TST, which is a separate and unaffiliated organization. Second, it expressed The Church of Satan’s stance on Sabrina’s Baphomet statue, an opinion that proves not all Satanists see things in the same light. First, on the differentiation form TST:
“Recently, The Satanic Temple has filed a lawsuit against Netflix over a depiction of the symbolic deity Baphomet in their series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. As a significant number of people seem to be confusing this with us, we would like to clarify that TST is a political activist group that has nothing to do with us, nor with the religion of Satanism which we founded over 50 years ago. The Church of Satan has not filed a suit against Netflix, nor do we have a problem with their Sabrina show, which we’ve previously discussed.”
On whether the Baphomet statue is an illegal appropriation:
“Netflix built their own Baphomet sculpture for their show which obviously references the TST version, but also references numerous public domain versions. Differing details in the chest, wings, beard, head and so on make it clear that the Netflix version is not an exact copy of the TST version, rather a situation of fair use of public domain and popular cultural imagery.”
Finally, Reverend Joel Ethan ended the Church of Satan’s statement by making it clear they aren’t fans of TST:
“To reiterate, while TST is known for childish PR stunts such as fake political rallies, mailing c*m rags to congress and rubbing genitals on gravestones to turn people gay after their deaths, these actions are not in any way representative of the apolitical, individualistic and atheistic religion of Satanism. Please do not attribute their actions to us.”
If you’ve yet to experience Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for yourself, check out the synopsis and trailer below.
Synopsis: This adaptation of the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the occult. In the reimagined origin story, Sabrina Spellman wrestles to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family — including aunts Hilda and Zelda — and the daylight world humans inhabit. Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) leads the cast in the titular role of the show that is based on a comic series of the same name.
Have you been watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix? What do you think of The Satanic Temple’s complaints regarding the Baphomet statue at The School for Unseen Arts? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
IT: Chapter Two only wrapped principal photography on October 31st, but Sophia Lillis (who plays the 1987 version of Bev Marsh) isn’t taking a vacation. She’s gone from Toronto to Dublin in order to face off against another dastardly villain in Gretel and Hansel, directed by Osgood “Oz” Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter).
From Orion Pictures, Lillis is staring opposite Sammy Leakey as Hansel; we reported last week that Charles Babalola has will be playing the Hunter. Further details are scant at this time, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground in order to bring you updates as news emerges. Stay tuned!
Synopsis: A long time ago in a distant fairytale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
Are you a fan of Sophia Lillis? Are you excited to check out Oz Perkin’s reimagining of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
Jason Voohees, Michael Myers, Chucky, Leatherface, Pinhead: You don’t have to be a horror fan to know exactly who these baddies are, as they’ve become thoroughly entrenched in popular culture. A recent video from our friends at WatchMojo, however, pays tribute to those lesser-known horror villains, the ones true genre fans revere.
From cult classics to 21st Century up-and-comers, these fiends can go toe-to-toe with the best of them. Give the video a spin to see if your favorite underrated horror movie villain made the list! If you can’t stream, the 10 underappreciated mayhem-makers are listed below the video. Enjoy!
Synopsis: Every great horror film has a great villain or monster, and some movies are even defined by them, but these movie monsters never got the credit they deserved! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Underrated Horror Film Monsters! But who will take the top spot on our list? Will it be Billy from Black Christmas, Sam from Trick ‘r Treat, or Victor Crowley from Hatchet? Watch to find out!
#10. John Ryder from The Hitcher (1986)
#9. Mrs. Sylvia Ganush from Drag Me to Hell (2009)
#8. The Strangers from The Strangers (2008)
#7. Leslie Vernon from Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
#6. Harry Warden from My Bloody Valentine (1981)
#5. Man from Hush (2016)
#4. Victor Crowley from Hatchet (2006)
#3. Daniel Robitaille from Candyman (1992)
#2. Billy from Black Christmas (1974)
#1 Sam from Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Did your favorite underrated horror movie villain make the list? Who are some others who deserve a shout out? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!