Interview: Joe Bob Briggs Guides us Into the Holiday Spirit!

Joe Bob Briggs has been entertaining horror enthusiasts for over 30 years, and now with his latest server-crashing, internet-breaking Shudder marathon, The Last Drive-In, he has brought in a whole new legion of fans. His humorous anecdotes mixed with an encyclopedic knowledge of cinema is a magical combination that adds a tremendous amount of fun and educational value to the horror viewing experience, while also imbuing audiences with a strong appreciation of the films and genre. 

The fact that The last Drive-In crashed the Shudder servers when it aired over the summer, strongly indicates that live TV and shared audience experiences are not dead in this age of streaming, as The Last Drive-In brought horror fans together all over the world. The show was originally supposed to be a one shot deal, but due to the very very popular demand, Joe Bob and Shudder recently announced 2 more holiday specials and even teased a regularly occurring Joe Bob show! 

We got to talk to Joe Bob about his upcoming specials, as well as the state of horror cinema in the age of streaming. We also learned more about his one man show, How Rednecks Saved Hollywood. Please enjoy the full interview below. 


Dread Central: Joe Bob, how are you?

Joe Bob Briggs: Good. Good. I’ve got too much going on.

DC: Yeah, it sounds like it. So, I’m the kind of person who watches a ton of obscure horror movies in my spare time, and I gotta say, it’s so much more fun when we have you hosting them, teaching us about them, and showing us things we never would have seen otherwise, so thank you for that.

JBB: Well, thanks. I’m kind of amazed that it’s become so mainstream to tell you the truth, because when I first started writing about these movies it was definitely a niche. There weren’t very many of us. It’s kind of incredible to me that so many people now have sort of come over to the side of genre … We have to call them genre films now, I never called them genre films, I always called them exploitation films. But, it’s been a whole cultural change over the past couple of decades.

DC: So I really got a lot out of your article about The Loneliness of the Cord Cutter. Where do you stand in terms of today’s state of horror and shared experiences in this age of VOD and streaming?

JBB: People are desperate for shared experiences. I do frequent shows at Alamo Drafthouse Theaters around the country. Often, 95% of the people in the audience have already seen the movie. They’re there for the shared experience, they’re there to have the same emotional experience at the same time in real time. I’ll give you the most extreme example of that. About three weeks ago at the original Alamo Drafthouse on 6th Street in Austin, Texas, I presented the movie Dead Heat. It’s not a good movie. But, it has things to talk about. It has interesting things that are part of that period. I was being bold in presenting it in the first place, but, I was shocked by the audible fan reaction throughout the movie, whether that was laughing at the movie or laughing with the movie. But, it was just so much more enjoyable an experience. It was actually taking a bad movie and making it into a good experience simply because people were there, and simply because we had a set up for it.

If you ask Netflix, they’ll tell you, “Well, that’s not the future. The future is one person at a time on his individual device, streaming a movie whenever he wants to see it, and that’s the future of the whole world.” Well, I don’t think so, because it goes against our emotional needs. We emotionally need to experience all kinds (of entertainment), not just horror, but comedy, and theater, and many different kinds of performance.

So yeah, I think we’re kind of breaking the rule book with what we do on Shudder, because we’re asking people to show up at a certain time on a certain night, which is really old-school TV. But, because people have access to all different forms of social media, and because they can form little viewing groups, we think that this is gonna be the future of a certain kind of streaming that I think more and more people will do, because you just can’t replace an audience watching together.

DC: Well, I think the fact that the servers crashed at Shudder is really indicative of how people yearn for that shared experience, and how badly they all want to be tuning in together and that camaraderie that comes with a bunch of people watching something in real time.

JBB: I was surprised I got so much love from people. They either remembered the old shows, or they had discovered them on YouTube. There are young people who are intrigued by movie hosting in general, because it hasn’t really been common over the past couple of decades. As the broadcast TV hour got shorter and shorter as more of it became commercials and less of it became content, nobody could afford hosting, so hosts went away. I think the hour now is 42 minutes, I think at one time it was 50 minutes, that’s how much we’ve lost.

DC: So I’m a New Yorker too, how did you find your way to New York?

JBB: Back in the late ’80s I was getting these invitations to audition for films and I didn’t know what I was doing. So I asked my agent where were the best film acting teachers in the world, and he said, “Well, you have to go to one of two places. You have to go to New York or LA.” And I said, “What’s the difference?” And he said, “Well, the New York guys are these old method guys that derive from the group theater and the Stanislavski Technique, they’re all these old crusty guys that had been around forever.” And I said, “What’s in LA?” And he says, “The students of those guys.” I said, “Well, I don’t wanna go to the students of those guys, I want one of those guys.” So I moved to New York to study acting for three years at Carnegie Hall Studios with Fred Kareman, who was one of the original Meisner guys. It was so much easier to work in New York than it was in Texas, so I just stayed. That’s how I ended up in the city.

DC: Is acting still something that you’re interested in pursuing more of nowadays?

JBB: Not really. I mean, I do it when someone asks me to do it. I was just in a horror film in Austin. Usually they want me to play myself, or some version of myself, or some redneck sheriff, or something like that. So I do that when they ask me to do it, but it’s not primarily my focus. I’m primarily a writer, so that’s what I do most days.

DC: Speaking of writing, are you considering writing more books?

JBB: Yeah. I’m writing a history of the exploitation film, that’s my big project.

DC: Wow! So as a film historian how would you categorize this current era of horror?

JBB: We’re kind of in a decadent era of horror because almost every filmmaker, certainly in the United States, that’s working in horror today, is always trying to express a debt to a prior generation, which I don’t like at all. They’re enamored by the ’80s. Having lived through the ’80s, I thought there were some cool things in the ’80s, but not that cool. Not so cool that we should be constantly repeating things that were done in the ’80s. The horror audience historically would turn over every five years, because it was a very young audience. So you constantly had to discover the new thing that was in our subconscious fears. So for example, you had movies in the ’80s like Forbidden World, or David Cronenberg films, those were all about AIDS. It was about things inside our bodies that take over our bodies.

So that was a great fear of the day, and that’s why those films were successful. The most original film of the past five years is probably Get Out. He (Jordan Peele) decided to go in the direction of social consciousness horror, so that’s a good sign that somebody is looking for a new sub-genre of horror. I mean, I think the third act of that movie falls apart, you know, when they get to the brain surgery part, it’s like Blood Sucking Freaks … I’ve seen better.

DC: Haha, yeah, I was waiting for Ralphus to show up!

JBB: Yeah, I saw better brain surgery in the ’50s. But it’s a good sign that he’s going to stay with horror. He’s not just doing horror in order to get a calling card within the industry so he can do ‘real films’ later. Then there are the guys who do retro genres like Ti West, who does it very, very well, but you sort of want to say to him, “Okay, but now do something truly revolutionary. Something truly groundbreaking, something truly future looking.” So I’m tired of the remakes, I’m tired of the sequels, I’m tired of the homages to the ’80s. I’m waiting for the next big thing. You know? And I’ll tell you, the thing that makes me optimistic is that Stephen King’s It made $400 million worldwide, it may have made more than that.

DC: Yeah, It was huge.

JBB: And the important thing about that is that studio executives and indie executives look at those numbers and suddenly the script that has been floating around LA for the last 10 years that’s considered too quirky to make suddenly becomes commercial, and suddenly they want to do things that they didn’t want to do last year. And also The Shape of Water winning the Academy Award. The importance of it is not so much that people are going to copy those films or that those films are starting a trend. The importance of it is that people are going to start going deeper into the pile of material instead of doing the easy remake, the easy sequel, they’re going to start making some of these kind of films. So that’s a really good thing for horror.

DC: It’s showing that these are not just niche audiences and that there’s a very wide universal appeal to these genres which deserve to be taken seriously.

JBB: Absolutely, yeah.

DC: So I want to talk about your one man show, How Rednecks Saved Hollywood. For people who aren’t familiar, how do you describe it?

JBB: It’s a history of the redneck as told through cinema. And it has about 200 clips and stills, and it goes all the way back to the original redneck in Scotland. We named the original redneck and show how they went from Northern England, to Scotland, to Ireland to Pennsylvania, down through Appalachia, and spread out through the south and the Ohio River Valley, and we tell all this through film, and not just exploitation films but also through mainstream films. And we talk about Hollywood’s evolving view of the redneck and use of the redneck right up until present time. It’s comedy, as well as film history, as well as just a lot of great clips that you want to see again, and again, and again. I do it as a one man show, and I used to just do it in cities that love their confederate monuments then as time went on I started doing it everywhere.

I enjoy doing it because it’s kind of eye-opening, it kind of relates somewhat to the current politics and divisions in our country, even though I don’t ever say anything explicitly about that, but I talk about things that unite us that should unite us and not divide us because most people who are spokesmen for southern whites these days are not good people, they’re bad people. So it’s like, ‘Well, here’s another way to think about it, guys. Here’s another way to look at it.’ So it has that element to it, too, which is sort of why I’m doing it a lot this year.

DC: That’s great, particularly since, in the midst of all of that’s happening politically, the most important thing is for Americans to get to know other Americans. In New York, people have not been to the south very much, they don’t understand American southern culture.

JBB: Oh yeah, tell me about it. I used to say to my high school buddies in Little Rock, Arkansas, who, five years after graduation, still hadn’t left Arkansas, I would say, ‘Once in your life, you’ve got to go to Europe, you’ve got to go to New York, you’ve got to go to California. You’ve got to see other parts of the country.’ Today, I would say to people on the Upper West Side, ‘Hey guys, you need to go to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. You need to stop having these caricatures of people out in the Mid West. You need to go to Lawrence, Kansas and West Texas and places like that. You need to know some real people instead of talking about people like they’re cartoon characters.’

DC: Yeah. Americans need to understand America better, I think it’s really important right now. So, I couldn’t be more excited about your upcoming special, Dinners of Death, is there a big connection between food and horror that you’ve been wanting to explore?

JBB: Well yeah, because on Thanksgiving, everyone has the big dinner, so I thought, ‘Well, if we’re going to do a Thanksgiving show, let’s theme it with Dinners of Death. So we came up with four movies, it’s a mini-marathon, it’s not like the 13 movie marathon of the summer. So it starts at 9 Eastern, 6 Pacific, on Thanksgiving night. And they don’t want me to tell the titles, but my favorite movie of all time is in this show. I’ve never hosted it before because all the time I was doing The Movie Channel, and when I was doing Monstervision on TNT, it was on the ‘too grisly for cable’ list, it was banned, even on premium cable, so I was never able to host it. So this will be the first time I’ve ever hosted my favorite movie.

DC: Oh wow!

JBB: And because I talk too much, the thing will probably go until dawn. Then at Christmas, we’re doing A Very Joe Bob Christmas on the 21st, which is the Friday before Christmas, and that show is also a mini-marathon, it’s four movies. The four movies are all in one franchise and we have a very distinguished guest from that franchise who will be on with me. After the first of the year, I’m not sure exactly when, but we’re going to start a weekly double feature. So, that’ll be interesting. That’ll be more in the original MonsterVision format.

DC: Is there a movie that you have gifted to other people more than any other?

JBB: That would be Basket Case, because I’ve been associated with the film since the very first screening of it, and I’ve been friends with Frank Henenlotter, the director, all these years, and it’s frequently a movie that I’m asked to host. In fact, I recently did a film festival in Port Orchard, Washington where they actually stopped the film five times so that I could talk about it during the film. So, Basket Case is the ultimate cult movie, and it’s a very well made movie, and it’s a very entertaining movie. It’s a movie that you don’t get tired of watching, and I’ve hosted it many times, and it’s always a popular gift, and the Blu-ray is cool. Basket Case is a brilliant movie.

DC: Yeah, it’s such a classic! So, last question, maybe the most important, what can we do as horror fans to help preserve these traditions of shared audience experiences?

JBB: Support your local Alamo Drafthouse, or whatever type of repertory theater you have in your community, and go to these events, and join the social media groups that support horror, and talk about horror, and keep the conversation going.

One of the bad things about being a TV host these days, is if I make one factual error in a monologue or something, man, they are all over me five minutes later. It’s like, there is no room for error when you live in the world of the internet. It’s great that people are fanatic about horror films, but let’s not get carried away, okay? Let’s have a few other things in our lives. I’m sometimes amazed by the academic interest in horror. I just got a book length treatment of the original I Spit On Your Grave, published by Columbia University Press. That’s another area where I say let’s not get carried away, because you should still read Shakespeare before you watch I Spit On Your Grave. That would be my advice if you’re going to Columbia today.

DC : Haha! You have to put Shakespeare above the rape-revenge genre.

JBB: Right.

DC : On that note, Joe Bob Briggs, this was a real pleasure. Thank you, so much.

JBB: Thank you. I enjoyed it.


Don’t forget to tune in this Thursday, 9 pm EST/6 pm PST, for The Dinners of Death Thanksgiving Marathon on Shudder and mark your calendar for December 21-22 for A Very Joe Bob Christmas Marathon, and be sure to check out Joe Bob’s tour dates for How the Redneck Saved Hollywood.

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Trailer Arrives for ‘The Intruder’

Sony Pictures Entertainment released the official trailer for The Intruder today. The movie follows a newlywed couple as they purchase their dream house in Napa Valley. Things get creepy as the seller of the home proceeds to harass the family, leaving the couple with no other choice than to fight back.

Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora, and Dennis Quaid start in the film which is directed by Deon Taylor and written by David Loughery.  Sony acquired the film while at Cannes back in May. The film is set to debut in theaters on April 26, 2019.

Have a look at the trailer below and keep it locked to Horror News Network for more on The Intruder.

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(SPOILERS) Top 5 Questions from Last Night’s Episode of THE WALKING DEAD: “Stradivarius”

Thanks to a preview for next week’s episode of The Walking Dead (bottom of the article), we don’t have to wonder if Eugene is still alive or if The Whisperers will make another appearance. Still, there were plenty of questions posed in last night’s installment, “Stradivarius”—some infinitely more pressing than others.

Related Article: Top 5 Questions from Last Night’s Episode of THE WALKING DEAD

From plot points we literally need to know before the series takes a midseason hiatus to the things that make us go “Hmm”, these are the top five questions we’re asking after the latest chapter of The Walking Dead Season 9.


Why did Maggie leave The Hilltop?

Okay, besides the fact that we know Lauren Cohan has left The Walking Dead, perhaps indefinitely, to pursue other creative opportunities, for continuity’s sake, we’re dying to know why exactly Maggie left The Hilltop. Leaving Jesus the reluctant leader, we’re informed that Maggie has gone off to commune with Georgia and her clan (Georgia, you may recall, was the middle-aged woman showed up briefly to trade a manual for rebuilding society for some vinyl records). Is she off in Georgia’s Utopia learning how to further rebuild The Hilltop while enjoying some killer tunes, or was there some internal community conflict that forced her to take a leave of absence?

Related Article: Maggie’s Future on THE WALKING DEAD is Uncertain; Movies a Possibility


What happened between Maggie and Michonne?

One’s thick as thieves, Michonne is so out of the loop she didn’t even know that Maggie was no longer the Queen of the Hilltop. Even so, she has such bad memories of the walled-off city she doesn’t even want to get close enough to see it. So, what the hell went down between her and Maggie? The last time we saw the two characters together it was when Maggie decided not to bash Negan’s brains in with a crowbar; a tender moment that suggested an end to their emotionally-fueled ideological conflict and the beginning of a new, more compassionate relationship. Yeah, that didn’t happen! What could have possibly transpired between these women who once considered themselves closer than family?

Related Article: THE WALKING DEAD Showrunner Confirms R.J. is Rick Grimes’ Son but Not All Fans Are Convinced


What happened to Daryl?

It’s not difficult to imagine Daryl getting sick of the bureaucratic nonsense inherent in society-building and opting for a solitary, mountain man existence (complete with a loyal canine companion), there’s clearly more too it than that. He’s camped out by the river where Rick was last seen blowing the bridge to smithereens, meaning he hasn’t been able to move on. Then, there are his scars. Just as Michonne was shown to bare an X-shaped scar on her back last week, “Stradivarius” revealed Daryl has the same identifiers-but, not just one. In addition to two exes on his back, he’s got one on his forehead. Of course I’m wondering what the X signifies, but I’m way more curious about who inflicted these wounds—and I’m even entertaining ideas it has something to do with Alexandria’s split from The Hilltop. Hear me out: We know that Maggie was drifting ideologically from Rick and Michonne’s utopian vision of the future when she sentenced Gregory to death, so, what if the X scars are the result of some draconian form of corporal punishment. Did Daryl and Michonne commit some kind of Hilltop infraction? It would certainly explain the bad blood.


What are The Whisperers” intentions?

We knew that The Whisperers were hot on the heels of Eugene and Rosita, but after a preview of next week’s episode, we know that the clan will be descending on a whole gaggle of our favorite characters. Even if you’re familiar with The Whisperers’ mythology as established in Robert Kirkman’s ongoing comic book series, there’s no guarantee that the show’s producers won’t create some new motivations for the zombie wannabes. So, we can’t help but ask: What are The Whisperers intentions? What’s their end game? If they’ve established comfortable lives walking side by side with the undead, why are they so keen to interfere in the lives of our homies?


So, are Aaron and Jesus, like, “together”?

As the once-strong alliance of Alexandria, The Hilltop, and The Kingdom continues to denigrate into isolationist communities, Aaron and Jesus have maintained the lines of communication via off-site rendezvous where there keep each other apprised of current events; they also practice their latest fighting moves before falling into the tall grass and laughing like teenagers. Keep in mind, they’re breaking established protocols, giving their meetings another layer of intrigue. Look, I’m not trying to be salacious or make wild assumptions, but Aaron and Jesus actually do become a couple in the comic book series (which, admittedly, could have zero baring on the direction of the series). Still, last night’s episode clearly showed the two have a bond that goes beyond mutual respect and borders on palpable affection. Should we start thinking of couple’s names like “Arronsus? or “Jesuson”?

The Walking Dead airs on Sunday nights at 9 PM (PST) on AMC. Check out a trailer for next week’s midseason finale below.

What did you think of last night’s episode of The Walking Dead? What questions or theories do you have about “Stradivarius” and are you excited for next weekend’s midseason finale? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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New Trailer For ‘Half-Life’ Remake “Black Mesa” Features Xen Like Never Before

Half-Life turns 20 years old today, and while it took me a while to get onboard (mostly because I was having too much fun having lightsaber duels in Dark Forces II), once I did get in, I was hooked like so many others. On this auspicious occasion, Crowbar Collective, the team behind the long-in-development Half-Life remake mod, Black Mesa, has released new footage for fans’ eye parts to gorge on.

Set for release next year, the new footage is taken from the final chapters of the mod, which has Gordon Freeman stuck in Xen. And yes, these are definitely not 1998 graphics. Unlike the rest of Black Mesa, Xen is almost entirely original work, and features around six hours of gameplay.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the project, you can check out PCGamer’s 2017 editorial on the mod. And yes, we’re still waiting on Episode 3, but that’s a story in and of itself.

Cover Art & Release Date Announced for UK Blu-ray/DVD Release of Soska Sisters RABID Remake

While the remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid (helmed by “Twisted Twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska) will enjoy a theatrical release in the US, it’ll be going straight-to-DVD in the UK. Our friends at Bloody Disgusting sleuthed out the release date, March 25th, 2019, and their report included a nifty look at the cover art. Have a gander below.

While we don’t have any official release information for US audiences, it’s not irrational to assume that the film will hit theaters before the UK Blu-ray/DVD release; otherwise, the risk of Rabid popping up on a pirate movie sight seems high. Whatever the case, we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you all Rabid-related news as details emerge.

Related Article: Interview: Jen and Sylvia Soska Talk Rabid, David Cronenberg, and Transhumanism

In the meantime, check out the synopsis for 2019’s Rabid below, followed by the trailer for David Cronenberg’s original at the bottom of the article.

Synopsis:
What happens when you realize that to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose is a quiet, demure, unassuming woman in her looks and actions. Her dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition. She seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle and wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball. It all seems too good to be true. She is now everything she wanted to be. But everything in life comes at a price and this new-found perfect life is no exception.

Rabid stars Laura Vandervoort, Greg Bryk, and Stephen McHattie.

Are you a fan of David Cronenberg’s original Rabid? Are you excited to check out the Soska Sister’s remake in 2019? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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The Super starring Val Kilmer arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital 12/18

the-super-box-artWhenever you think you’re alone, just remember that he’s always watching when The Super arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital December 18 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Starring GRAMMY® Award nominee Val Kilmer, this taut, suspenseful thriller will have you looking over your shoulder…even when you’re home. Produced by the creator of TV’s “Law & Order” and “Chicago P.D.,” written by John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan), and directed by Stephan Rick, The Super Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

Former cop Phil takes a job as a superintendent in a Manhattan apartment building. When a teen goes missing, along with several other tenants, Phil suspects a sadistic murderer may be roaming the eerie corridors and that his daughters’ lives are in danger. But whom can he trust when everybody around him has something to hide?

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “He Has Your Keys: Making The Super” Featurette

CAST

Patrick John Flueger                           TV’s “Chicago P.D.”, “Chicago Fire”

Louisa Krause                                     Dog Eat Dog, TV’s “Billions”

Paul Ben-Victor                                   DaredevilTombstoneDon Jon 

Yul Vazquez                                       Bad Boys II, The A-Team, American Gangster 

Mattea Marie Conforti                         TV’s “Power” and “Gotham”

Taylor Richardson                              Slender ManA Most Violent Year 

Alex Essoe                                         Starry EyesMidnighters 

Luke Edwards                                     NewsiesLittle Big LeagueJeepers Creepers II

and Val Kilmer                                    Kiss Kiss Bang BangThe DoorsThe Saint

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Volumes of Blood 3 Cast & Campaign Release

Devil's-Knight-Poster-PromoBlood Moon Pictures presents the DEVIL’S KNIGHT: VOLUMES OF BLOOD 3 Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign. Devil’s Knight: VOB3 is the final terrifying installment of the Volumes of Blood horror anthology franchise.

SYNOPSIS:  On the morning of Halloween several strangers are arrested for their involvement in multiple atrocities across the city of Owensboro. As each is interrogated by police the horrifying reality of their stories unfold revealing werewolves, killer children, revenge, retribution and the bloody truth about a relentless serial killer who will stop at nothing to make sure he finishes what he started on Devil’s Night.

ABOUT THE PROJECT:  From Blood Moon Pictures and producers P.J. Starks (10/31, e-Demon) and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) comes the third and final installment in the horror anthology series Blumhouse calls a “cult hit franchise.” This blood soaked finale stars Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Katie Stewart (The Wicked One), David McMahon (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon), Sonya Delormier (Angel), Ryan Matthew Ziegler (Butcher the Bakers), Harper Dawahare (The Rave), Patrick Keegan Taft (Under the Surface), Lucy Turner (The Caretakers), Todd Reynolds (Volumes of Blood), Tiffany Arnold (The Sleeper), Daniel Alan Kiely (Bong of the Living Dead), Roni Jonah (The Hornet’s Disciple and The Scars She Left), Jason Crowe (The Bad Man), Tyler Riley (Scream for Summer), Julie Anne Prescott (Kill Dolly Kill: Dolly Deadly 2, Clownado) Olivia Jacobs and many more.

Currently the production is searching for and securing directors as well as looking for financing.

A crowdfunding campaign is currently underway. It features an Exclusive Poster created by artist Michael Broom (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story), and you can help support our project by visiting https://igg.me/at/DevilsKnightVOB3/x

LINKS:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vobanthology

Twitter: www.twitter.com/volumesofblood

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Holiday Trend Becomes Brutal Horror in Exclusive Clip for UGLY SWEATER PARTY

The recent ugly Christmas sweaters trend is now the subject of a feature horror flick; Ugly Sweater Party is the brainchild of writer/director Aaron Mento and stars genre icons Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs). The irreverent, grisly trailer hit the internet in October but, today, Dread Central is pleased to share an exclusive clip from the film.

Related Article: Terror Threads’ Line of Ugly Christmas Sweaters Includes TERRIFIER’s Art the Clown

Meet a motley crew of holiday campers who love the Lord as much as their hideously garish holiday sweaters! Give it a spin above and check out the synopsis and trailer for Ugly Sweater Party at the bottom of the article. The film will be available to stream on Amazon this Friday, November 23rd.

Synopsis:
On Christmas Eve at a campsite deep in the woods, an ugly sweater party is in full swing. Best friends Cliff and Jody arrive expecting some mistletoe action from the sexy twins who invited them, but soon realize that they are at a Bible camp. To make matters worse, Cliff is wearing a sweater possessed by the ghost of notorious serial killer Declan Rains.

While the evil sweater slowly possesses Cliff, Jody also realizes that the party guests aren’t as innocent as they first seem. In fact, every camper holds a dark secret that infuses the party with dangerous sexual tension. Just when the pressure between campers reaches a fever pitch, Cliff falls victim to the bloodthirsty rage of the diabolical sweater and a new nightmare begins.

Related Article: HUMAN SANTAPEDE is the Best/Worst Ugly Christmas Sweater in History!

In addition to Rose and Whalen, Ugly Sweater Party’s sizable ensemble cast also includes Charles Chudabala (Death House), Brad Potts (Puppet Master X, Zombies vs. Strippers), Lara Jean Mummert (Anomaly), and Tiffani Fest (Circus of the Dead), Marv Blauvelt, Emily Dahm, Berna Roberts, Matt Holbrook, Jody Barton and Kevin Caliber as unsuspecting misfit campers.  The film was produced by Mento (Standards of Living, Crypt TV’s Choose Their Kill), Chudabala, and Hunter Johnson (2 Jennifer).

UGLY SWEATER PARTY – Official Trailer – Ocular Migraine Productions from LAHorror.com on Vimeo.

Are you a fan of the ugly Christmas sweater trend? Are you exciting to check out Ugly Sweater Party when it hits Amazon this weekend? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Library of Congress Restores 1910 ‘Frankenstein’ Short Film, Makes Video Available for Free

I’ve never been more proud to be a taxpayer! The Library of Congress has been involved in numerous important projects related to the preservation of film, but none hit closer to home for horror fans than their restoration of the first film version of Frankenstein. Produced in 1910 by the Edison Manufacturing Company, this 12 minute short laid the foundation for the Gothic atmosphere and hulking creature that would soon be improved upon and immortalized by James Whale and Boris Karloff. In a recent guest blog post by Mike Mashon– the head of the Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division- the institute details the painstaking lengths they went to in restoring and preserving the print for future generations:

“While it came in a fairly nondescript can, it didn’t take us long to get the reel into our film preservation lab for a 2K scan in advance of photochemical preservation. From that 2K scan, we worked on a digital restoration. The film’s head credits and the first intertitle were missing, but fortunately the Edison Historic Site in East Orange, New Jersey, had a copy of the head credit we could drop into place; the intertitle was recreated using the style of the other titles. We asked Donald Sosin, a highly regarded silent film composer and accompanist, to provide a score.”

Even better, because the project is the result of our tax dollars at work, the film is available for free for all to see or download. You can view the film in its entirety by clicking this link.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for complete coverage of The Library of Congress’ other important initiatives in the world of horror film, and all things Frankenstein!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exclusive Preview of LUCIFER, Latest in Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE

When Neil Gaiman launched The Sandman in October 1998, he had no idea that the series would run for almost 8 years. While the writer always knew the series would end, DC gave him the opportunity to complete his vision on his own terms in 1996. Still, Gaiman always believed there were aspects of The Sandman saga that still begged further exploration.

In honor of The Sandman’s 30th Anniversary, and 25 years of Vertigo comics, the two institutions teamed up for a new project, The Sandman Universe. It’s a series of 4 new stories that launched last August. Gaiman hand-picked a team of writers to collaborate with, and issue three, Lucifer is arriving this week. Scribed by Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed comic series)! You can learn more about The Sandman Universe and the first two installments, HERE.

Today, Dread Central is pleased to present an exclusive image gallery for Lucifer, the third installment in The Sandman Universe. Peruse these incredible panels at your leisure and order your own copy of Lucifer, HERE.

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About The Sandman Universe:
Daniel, the lord of Dreams, has gone missing and it causes chaos in the kingdom of dreams…A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library of all the unwritten books ever dreamed is discovered by a group of children in the waking world. Simultaneously, a new House appears—the House of Whispers—joining the Houses of Secret and Mystery in the Dreaming. Its proprietor is a fortune teller called Erzulie, whom the inhabitants of the Dreaming suspect may be responsible for all the strange goings on. Elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be in a Hell of his own design. And in London, a young boy named Timothy Hunter sleeps, in his dreams he becomes the world’s most powerful magician, but in his nightmares, he becomes the world’s worst villain, which future will become reality?

About Lucifer:
A few years ago, the devil vanished. Some people say he died or simply ran away, while others believe he never existed at all. But we aren’t some people. No. This is the one true story of what happened to the Prince of Lies, the Bringer of Light—Lucifer, the blind, destitute old man, who lives in a small boarding house in a quiet little town, where nothing is quite what it seems and no one can leave. He’s trapped, you see? Trapped in a bizarre prison with no memory of how he got there or why. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, a dying policeman believes his suffering may be a call to a divine mission—one that draws him towards revelations regarding the devil himself.

Are you a fan of Neil Gaiman and The Sandman? Are you excited to check out Lucifer, the latest installment in The Sandman Universe series? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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