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Star Wars’ Stormtrooper Head-Banging Blooper Finally Explained

Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, now known as Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It’s about as iconic as a film can get and subsequently spawned the gargantuan media franchise that we all know and love today. Yet, beyond all the famous “Use the Force,” Death Star battles, and Mos Eisley Cantina stuff, there’s one tiny goof that fans have come to adore.

I’m talking, of course, about the famous Stormtrooper who bumps his head on a blast shield door. Until now, it’s been a little hazy who exactly was in the costume, but THR have finally figured it out: it’s actor Laurie Goode. Interestingly, Goode only got the role as the original man cast, Peter Dukes, called in sick at the last minute.

“On the second day of filming, I developed an upset stomach. By midmorning,
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Sweet Madness A Harley Quinn Fan Film

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So being the nerd I am I love seeing characters from some of my favorite storied being taken up by fans. No they may not have the budget of a summer blockbuster but something can be said for when you know the characters enough you produce a compelling story that truly captures these heroes and villains. Basically I love fan films. I've been very lucky to talk to lots of creators out there. Mark Cheng from Red Retrieval, Chelton Perry from Teen Titans Project and a few others. Well after watching Sweet Madness by Peter Dukes I've got another favorite added to my list.  

So Sweet Madness is a Harley Quinn short and while some would say the character is over exposed I can agree with them on the terms that Harley is a good guy. No I tend to lean towards the Harley that's a villain, sure she's likable
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Round-Up: The Walking Dead #1 Wizard World Variant, Sweet Madness, Creature From The Black Lagoon

A limited edition variant of The Walking Dead #1 by renowned artist Ken Kelly will be given to Wizard World Richmond Comic-Con-goers free of charge. Also: the short film Sweet Dreams featuring D.C. Comics super-villain Harley Quinn and details on the Creature From the Black Lagoon figure by Living Dead Dolls.

The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced “Kiss” album cover artist Ken Kelly has drawn the 13th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, July 31 - Aug. 2. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available
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New Short Film Examines the Origins of Harley Quinn

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We recently came in contact with Peter Dukes, a talented filmmaker and founder of Dream Seekers Productions, and received the scoop on preparations for his sixteenth film. Ever heard of a naughty little vixen named Harley Quinn?

That’s right. Dukes, who normally leans toward the horror genre on projects, admittedly does not normally do fan films he is breaking his own rule just this once to show some much needed Harley love that we haven’t seen nearly enough on film. When asked about the reasoning behind undertaking such a project, Dukes stated:

“It's of the utmost importance to me that this film respects the origins of Harley, as I'm a huge fan, but I'm also not afraid to be bold. To bring to life our own unique renditions of Harley and the Joker, and place them within a story that I feel will stand out from the pack
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Indie Film News: Sweet Madness

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We recently came in contact with Peter Dukes, a talented filmmaker and founder of Dream Seekers Productions, and received the scoop on preparations for his sixteenth film. Ever heard of a naughty little vixen named Harley Quinn? That’s right. Dukes, who normally leans toward the horror genre on projects, admittedly does not normally do fan films he is breaking his own rule just this once to show some much needed Harley love that we haven’t seen nearly enough on film. When asked about the reasoning behind undertaking such a project, Dukes stated:

“It's of the utmost importance to me that this film respects the origins of Harley, as I'm a huge fan, but I'm also not afraid to be bold. To bring to life our own unique renditions of Harley and the Joker, and place them within a story that I feel will stand out from the pack
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Indie Spotlight: Watch the Horror Short ‘Daniel’

“Your mama’s dead, and your father probably wishes that you were.” A boy hides from home invaders in Daniel, the latest horror short from writer/director Peter Dukes, but there may be a bigger threat at work than the man stalking the house’s halls with a baseball bat in his hands. With a three minute runtime, Daniel wastes no time hitting home with true terror.

The 15th short from Peter Dukes, co-founder of Dream Seekers Productions, Daniel stars Dominic Pace, Varda Appleton, Peter Le Bas, J.P. Giuliotti and Jake Ryan Scott. It was produced by Dukes under his Dream Seekers Productions banner, with co-producers Shane and Colin Mehigan, Dorothy Chanboon, Gregory Feitel, Andreas Martinsen, Scott J. Mandel, Barb Doyon, Eric Borden, Collin Watts and Bryant Nichols. Photographed by John Snedden, the film features music by Giona Ostinelli.

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The Short Films of Dream Seekers Productions – Sophisticated and Elegant Dark Fantasy

It’s that time of the year. For whatever reason this is the time of the year that I receive quite a few requests to review shorts. Whether it has to do with festival season, the Halloween pre-season or whether I just start posting more about shorts because I judge the Killer Film Festival, the influx of short film review requests hits my inbox. This makes me an extremely happy reviewer. Disclaimer: I truly enjoy short horror films. I’d say it began with Creepshow and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. I got Creepshow from Dad; Dr. Terror from Mom. Both stuck, and one, became my namesake (which I did not give myself I assure you). What could be better than the encapsulation of a creepy idea or shocking concept with a 20 minute window? Tell your story. No filler. The more filler, the more we know you don’t know how to scare us.
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes trailers for 100 Bloody Acres and Teacher’s Day, a first look at a scene from Ditch Day Massacre, and more:

First Trailer for 100 Bloody Acres: “In 100 Bloody Acres, brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret “recipe” for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. Months have passed since their last find, and an important new customer is now waiting on a delivery. When junior partner Reg (Damon Herriman of Justified) stumbles upon 3 travelers stranded on a remote country road, he cooks up a radical solution to their problem, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big
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Check Out Little Reaper the Latest Short Film From Peter Dukes

Sometimes in life there are rules you can’t break, but everyone especially in their younger years goes through life lessons that they must experience rather than be told. Such is the case of the teenage reaper in Peter Dukes’ Dream Seekers Productions’ Little Reaper.

We’ve had the pleasure of covering Peter Dukes’ work before with the two shorts A Goblin’s Tale and The Beast. You can check out those reviews here, but you’re here for the reaping. So take out those earbuds and check out this film.

Short Film: Little Reaper

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More pictures about Peter Dukes and his films can be found on his Facebook page.

Little Reaper stars Athena Baumeister and John Paul Ouvrier, with John Michael Herndon, Katharine Stapleton, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Katy Townsend and Sorsha Morava. Danny Derakhshan is executive producer with Melissa Cottingham, Shane and
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Exclusive Stills and More! Filmmaker Peter Dukes Talks Little Reaper

It’s no secret that we here at Dread Central are stalwart supporters of indie filmmakers so it’s a pleasure to bring you a first look at Peter Dukes’ engaging horror-comedy short Little Reaper as well as some exclusive stills, a poster, and word on his next project.

Written, directed and produced by Dukes, the film, a project by Dream Seekers Productions, stars Athena Baumeister in the titular role as the Grim Reaper’s (actor John Paul Ouvrier) teenage daughter, who when tasked with handling her patriarch’s daily duties, comes up rather short and with some rather amusing results. Actors John Michael Herndon, Katharine Stapleton, Allisyn Ashley Arm (of Disney channel fame), Katy Townsend and Sorsha Morava round out the cast.

“Death is a common theme in my work,” said Dukes of Little Reaper, which he funded with additional financing from Little Reaper executive producer Danny Derakhshan and associate producers Melissa Cottingham,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on a comic anthology series featuring Alice Cooper, UK premiere details for Big Ass Spider!, information on the Karen Black fund, and much more:

Details on the Karen Black Fund: “Karen has been waging a battle for over two years with cancer. She has not talked about this publicly because she was hoping it would be cured and she could call herself a cancer survivor. Karen was diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November of 2010. After suffering through nausea, fainting and losing over thirty pounds, she was finally declared Ned – No Evidence of Disease in July. But by December 2011 a small tumor developed and another surgery was in order, which left her completely bed-ridden. Her cancer seemed conquered though. By spring 2012 she was doing a lot better
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Peter Dukes’ Upcoming ‘Little Reaper’ Teaser Poster Flips Us The Bird!

By Michael Juvinall, More Horror.com

Independent filmmaker Peter Dukes (The Beast, A Goblin’s Tale) is hard at work with post-production on his latest short film Little Reaper.

His Dream Seekers Productions has released a new teaser poster and a few stills from the film for us.

A couple of months ago, I had an exclusive interview (read here) with Dukes as he spoke about his past films and the upcoming Little Reaper.

Dukes’ describes Little Reaper as a quirky horror/comedy about the grim reaper’s difficult teenage daughter.

“She's kind of feisty and independent, who really doesn't want to be a reaper but she is forced to take over her father's duties for one day and of course chaos ensues.”

Dukes goes on to say “It's this crazy horror film; it's got a lot of comedy in it. I like to challenge myself; I haven't really tackled comedy before,
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Dream Seekers Productions Fingers Some New Little Reaper Teaser Art

Indie horror/comedy flick 'Little Reaper' (formerly 'The Naughty Little Reaper') from director Peter Dukes has moved into post-production and a new teaser poster from the project has arrived. The new teaser features teen actress Athena Baumeister as 'Little Reaper', the difficult teenage daughter of the Grim Reaper (played by John Paul Ouvrier), perfectly summing up her teenage angst with a well placed bird flip. Katharine Stapleton, Sorsha Morava, Katy Townsend, John Michael and Allisyn Ashley Arm all co-star. Dukes helms under his company Dream Seekers Productions with Colin Mehigan, Shane Mehigan and Melissa S. Cottingham on board as associate producers. Head below for the new artwork provided by Amy Texter...
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More Horror Exclusive: Interview with Indie Filmmaker Peter Dukes

Interviewed by Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com

Peter Dukes is an independent filmmaker on the rise. His company Dream Seekers Productions has produced 14 short, independent films to date, with more on the way. His films run the gamut of genres and include horror, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, drama, and soon to be comedy. Peter is truly an exceptional artist with an eye for film that only a handful of indie filmmakers have today. Dream Seekers Productions pride themselves on bringing unique, challenging and innovative films to life when they might not have a life elsewhere. They hope to remind moviegoers how inspiring, thought-provoking and wonderful cinema can be.

His most recent short film, and my favorite of his, is a family driven horror tale called The Beast. It stars the award winning Bill Oberst Jr. as a father trying to help his son who has a terrible affliction. Another popular Peter Dukes
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Check Out the Werewolf Short The Beast

We've got a brand new werewolf short to share with you, and we think you're gonna dig it. The Beast was written, directed and produced by Peter Dukes under his Dream Seekers Production banner…and it's right here waiting for you to enjoy.

The Beast is a short horror film about a father's internal struggle with his boy's lycanthropic affliction, and his struggle to do what is necessary in order to free him? The film stars Bill Oberst Jr., Peter Le Bas and Alexander Le Bas. For more on The Beast and Dream Seekers Productions, visit the official website and give them a like on the official Facebook page for Dream Seekers Productions.

The film runs just about 12-minutes long and is a study in building tension. Definitely a great example of how much can be done on a very small budget. Check it out!

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Watch 'The Beast' a Short with a Classic Horror Vibe

For fans of classic horror, Dream Seekers Productions brings us an old fashioned werewolf film called "The Beast", starring Bill Oberst, Jr. (A Haunting in Salem, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies), Peter and Alexander Le Bas. Directed by Peter Dukes . The Beast is a short horror film about a father's internal struggle with his boy's affliction. Can he bring himself to do what is necessary in order to free him?
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Exclusive Interview with Filmmaker Peter Dukes On His Fantastical Short Film, A Goblin’S Tale

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Fantasy unlocks the mind to the most interesting characters and worlds you could only dream of. A Goblin’s Tale, an indie short film by Peter Dukes starring Radio Disney star Tiffany Giardina, is a wonderful example of how fantasy tickles the imagination.

Peter Dukes is an independent filmmaker working under the banner of Dream Seekers Productions, the production company he started with his sister, Aubrey Dukes, who has VFX work on Thor and Captain America under her belt. I had the opportunity to speak with Peter Dukes on how this short came about and how he managed to pull of the special effects in a limited budget. A word of warning, there are spoilers right off the top in this interview! Watch A Goblin’s Tale here and check out our conversation below:

A Goblin’s Tale, A Short Film By Peter Dukes

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Short Film Review: A Goblin’S Tale and The Beast

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A Goblin’s Tale

Genre: Fantasy | Short

Director: Peter Dukes

Writer: Peter Dukes

Cast: Tiffany Giardina, Laura Kearsey

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Synopsis: A goblin comes to life from the pages of a storybook, forever changing the life of a young girl who is the owner of the book.

Runtime: 12 min.

View the short film in its entirety at the end of this review. The Beast

Genre: Horror| Short

Director: Peter Dukes

Writer: Peter Dukes

Cast: Bill Oberst, Jr., Peter Le Bas and Alexander Le Bas

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Synopsis: The Beast is a short horror film about the internal struggle that a father faces when his young boy is afflicted with the curse of the werewolf.

Runtime: 12 min.

View the short film in its entirety at the end of this review.

Short films are always the best indicator of the talent of a filmmaker. In this case, these
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'The Beast' Short Film Review

By Robert Lentini, MoreHorror.com

"The Beast" is a short film that centers around three characters, Jacob, his father Michael and his uncle Douglas. It is a full moon and Michael and Douglas are tying up Jacob to a tree to keep others safe. Jacob is afflicted with the curse of the werewolf, and his father refuses to kill him.

Bill Oberst Jr. plays Michael and gives a wonderful performance. You can see the pain in his eyes as he sees his son go through this. He can't bring himself to terminate him, even though he knows it is the right thing to do.

Peter Le Bas also gives an excellent performance as Douglas. He tries to convince Michael to kill Jacob. When Michael declines, Douglas tries to take matters into his own hands and end Jacob's life. Michael attempts to stop Douglas and during their struggle, Jacob is able to escape.
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