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Dispatches From The Underground: Revisiting Five Memorable Horror Shorts

*Editor’s note: Justin R. Lafleur put together this list and wrote a bit about five short films that you should check out. Good stuff, so be sure to give them a watch asap! -Jerry

The life of a short horror film can be a thankless existence. It begins its conception removed from the advance buzz and fanfare that frequently accompanies more prestigious titles with greater running lengths. It is created, essentially, in a vacuum. Nobody covers its production, be it pre or post. By and large, we are unaware of its presence until after it has completed its journey throughout film festivals of varying esteem. This is, of course, a short film’s first shot at momentary renown. Sometimes it achieves that glory, or at the very least, a few favorable words written about its merits on the fringes of the internet. Many times it will get lost amongst
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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2013

Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.

We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: Maniac

Runners-up: The Conjuring, Evil Dead

Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II

Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!

[Andrew Kasch]

[Anthony Arrigo]

[Brad McHargue]

[Buz "Danger" Wallick]

[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]

[The Foywonder]

[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]

[Jinx]

[MattFini]

[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]

[Staci Layne Wilson]

[Uncle Creepy]

Andrew Kasch's Picks

Stoker: Chan-wook Park delivered some next-level filmmaking and his best film since Oldboy with his U.
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Afm 2013: New Sales Art: Cryofilms' The Black Gate and The Dark Zone

The madman behind Dead Shadows is bringing his latest two films - The Dark Zone and The Black Gate - to this year's Afm, and we've got some new sales art for both of them and more. Check it out!

The Dark Zone Synopsis (directed by David Cholewa)

It is the year 2066.

The earth is dying. The oceans are lifeless, the ice caps barely a memory. It is a world of starving billions where fresh water and even oxygen have become increasingly precious commodities. Poised on the brink of disaster, mankind realizes that the only hope for our species is to leave our home world and move out among the stars.

The United Nations colony ship Mayflower is en route to a recently identified earth-like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri (or 'Prox' for short), a red dwarf in the Alpha Centauri system – 4.2 light years from Earth. The new world, christened Tycho
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Tiff’s 25 Years of Midnight Madness: Best of the Fest #2

Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers,
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Richard Raaphorst and Karel Roden Talk Frankenstein's Army's Intensity, Creating the Film's Zombots, and Lots More

Frankenstein’s Army is coming! Prepare for the zombot coup d'état by checking out our recent interview with co-writer/director Richard Raaphorst and star Karel Roden.

Richard Raaphorst is a Frankenstein's Frankenstein. From designing the film's creatures and characters to directing and story ideation, it was Raaphorst's vision that brought Frankenstein's Army to life. With shouts of "It's Alive!" the film itself is part diesel-punk, part zombie film, and part Nazploitation flick, certainly a taboo subject in Raaphort's homeland of the Netherlands, which was occupied by the Germans during the war (complete with their own SS).

But from this grim history Raaphorst spins a fantastical scenario: a way to stop the Reich with an army of "zombots." What if the grandson of the great Frankenstein was involved? What if a crew of soldiers stumbled into his "castle" and were attacked by his creations? Told in first person, which lends to
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Cryofilms Opening The Black Gate in The Dark Zone at Cannes

The madman behind Dead Shadows has started a new company and is bring two new projects to Cannes 2013 - The Dark Zone and The Black Gate. Read on for the first details and sales art for both!

In 2005, David Cholewa created DC-medias, a worldwide sales company. The company established a broad and high quality catalog of films that tackled all genres: Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller and more. In 2012 David founded a new production company, focused on genre efforts called Cryofilms along with César Ducasse from Addict Films (Dark Souls). That same year David Cholewa produced and directed his first feature Dead Shadows. Dead Shadows was shot in only 3 weeks, the movie had more than 100 CGI shots and practical effects.

The Dark Zone Synopsis directed by David Chowlea

The crew of the colonial vessel “Dreamscape" is on a 10 year journey. Its mission is to establish the first human colony outside of our solar system.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Exclusive Look at One of a Kind Frankenstein's Army Figure

Here's something super cool you're only gonna see here, a one of a kind Frankenstein's Army action figure. Pity these aren't available for mass consumption just yet, but we'll keep our ears to the ground for you! Dig it!

Karel Roden (The Abandoned, Hellboy, A Lonely Place to Die) plays mad Nazi scientist Viktor, and the flick also features Alexander Mercury (The Golden Compass), Joshua Sasse (The Big I Am), Luke Newberry (The Heart of Me), Andrei Zayats (X-Men: First Class), and Hon Ping Tang (The Fifth Element).

Frankenstein's Army takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Frankenstein's Army Marches in with More Badass Artwork

Director Richard Raaphorst once again took to his Twitter account today to unveil some more incredible artwork for his film Frankenstein's Army made specifically for this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Check it out right here, and let the drooling continue!

Karel Roden (The Abandoned, Hellboy, A Lonely Place to Die) plays mad Nazi scientist Viktor, and the flick also features Alexander Mercury (The Golden Compass), Joshua Sasse (The Big I Am), Luke Newberry (The Heart of Me), Andrei Zayats (X-Men: First Class), and Hon Ping Tang (The Fifth Element).

Frankenstein's Army takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Frankenstein's Army Marches in with Badass Artwork

Director Richard Raaphorst took to his Twitter account today to unveil some incredible artwork for his film Frankenstein's Army made specifically for this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Check it out right here, and let the drooling begin!

Karel Roden (The Abandoned, Hellboy, A Lonely Place to Die) plays mad Nazi scientist Viktor, and the flick also features Alexander Mercury (The Golden Compass), Joshua Sasse (The Big I Am), Luke Newberry (The Heart of Me), Andrei Zayats (X-Men: First Class), and Hon Ping Tang (The Fifth Element).

Frankenstein's Army takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades
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Producer Brings Nazis and Zombies to Cannes

Two more comic book adaptations are being shopped at the big dance featuring everyone's favorite bad guys - Nazis - and of course nefarious zombies. Read on for the latest projects on their way from page to screen.

Screen Daily reports that producer Pierre Spangler (Underground, Superman) is taking two interesting horror projects to Cannes in order to complete financing.

The first is I Am Legion, which will be written by Richard Stanley and directed by Nacho Cerda (The Abandoned). The film is “a supernatural thriller set against the background of World War II. The film, budgeted in the $12m range, is targeting Romania for its shoot.”

The second project is The Zombies that Ate the World, which “is a futuristic saga set in a world where zombies walk among us and are relegated to the status of cheap labor. The film is being structured as a Canadian co-production to shoot in Canada.
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Frankenstein's Army: Behold Another Implement of Destruction

Another delightfully disturbing bit of goodness has come our way from the now shooting Frankenstein's Army. Never let it be said that horror films aren't always there to lend you a hand when you need it!

On the Dutch website Horror.nl, they report that the film will have a theatrical release in the UK and its world premiere in Toronto. Even better? There will be no CGI effects, and from what we're hearing, the movie will be way over-the-top. Below you'll find an image of a mechanized zombie arm. Oh the joy! Thanks to DC reader Tump for the heads-up and translation!

The Czech shoot, portraying Viktor Frankenstein's efforts to turn around German fortunes by animating super soldiers from the body parts of the fallen, is Richard Raaphorst's helming debut and is before cameras right now (how we love saying that).

Karel Roden (The Abandoned, Hellboy, A Lonely Place to Die
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A Brainy Behind-the-Scenes Still from Frankenstein's Army

We have all been waiting patiently for a look at the goods from the now shooting Frankenstein's Army. Finally something juicy has come! See? Good things happen for those who wait. Dig it!

Over on Twitch they have an image/video on display showcasing a rather gory prop from Richard Raaphorst's upcoming flick courtesy of Special Effects Supervisor Rogier Samuels, who appeared last week on the Netherlands talk show "De Wereld Draait Door". Check out the image and hit the link below to watch the video.

The Czech shoot, portraying Viktor Frankenstein's efforts to turn around German fortunes by animating super soldiers from the body parts of the fallen, is Richard Raaphorst's helming debut and is before cameras right now (how we love saying that).

Karel Roden (The Abandoned, Hellboy, A Lonely Place to Die) plays mad Nazi scientist Viktor, and the flick also features Alexander Mercury (The Golden Compass
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New Army of Frankenstein Device Looks Pretty Lethal

Every so often we see an image and can't quite tell what we're looking at, but one thing is painfully apparent... whatever it is, it can't be good. Such is the case with the latest set photo from Frankenstein's Army!

The Czech shoot, portraying Viktor Frankenstein's efforts to turn around German fortunes by animating super soldiers from the body parts of the fallen, is Richard Raaphorst's helming debut and is before cameras right now (how we love saying that).

Karel Roden (The Abandoned, Hellboy, A Lonely Place to Die) plays mad Nazi scientist Viktor, and the flick also features Alexander Mercury (The Golden Compass), Joshua Sasse (The Big I Am), Luke Newberry (The Heart of Me), Andrei Zayats (X-Men: First Class), and Hon Ping Tang (The Fifth Element).

Frankenstein's Army takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab,
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Karel Roden Will Raise Frankenstein's Army From The Dead

Czech actor Karel Roden will raise the dead in Richard Raaphorst's Frankenstein's Army.Best known on these shores for his role as Rasputin in Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy, Roden has long been a go-to performer for genre films looking to add a bit of European flavor with key parts in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy, Nacho Cerda's The Abandoned, Del Toro's Blade 2, Jerome Salle's Largo Winch, Jaume Collet-Sera's Orphan while remaining active at home as well, where he is regarded as one of the Czech Republic's finest, appearing this year in Oscar submitted Alois Nebel.In Raaphorst's Frankenstein's Army Roden will play the mad scientist Viktor, a doctor attempting to turn the tide of the war by digging up, augmenting, and re-animating...
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Frankenstein's Army Finds its Mad Doctor - Karel Roden

With Frankenstein's Army finally filming, you can expect all sorts of cool stuff and announcements from now until the flick debuts. Next on tap: a lead has been found who will soon know what it feels like to be god!

According to Variety Czech tough-guy thesp Karel Roden (pictured right; The Abandoned, Hellboy, A Lonely Place to Die ) will play mad Nazi scientist Viktor in Frankenstein's Army, a Gothic WWII fantasy shooting near Karlovy Vary.

The Czech shoot, portraying Viktor's efforts to turn around German fortunes by animating super soldiers from the body parts of the fallen, is Richard Raaphorst's helming debut.

Roden is a "marvelously thrilling addition to our cast," said Greg Newman, executive vp of Mpi Media Group. Mpi/Dark Sky Films is lead producer along with Los Angeles-based Xyz Films and Pellicola of Amsterdam. Prague's Sirena Film is local co-producer.

The flick also features Alexander Mercury
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Fantastic Fest ’11 Review: A Lonely Place To Die

One of the scariest things to me is nature as it can be unpredictable and unrelenting. Prior to seeing the film, I simply thought that A Lonely Place to Die was just a survivalist horror film against nature. It is a survivalist horror film against the force of nature known as man and damn is it frightening.

Alison (Melissa George) and her friends go out to hike and climb in the Scotland Mountains when they discover a Serbian girl buried alive. Taking her with them and accepting responsibility, they end up putting themselves in a very unique situation. One that could get them killed. They are pursued and hunted by two men who have a motive behind the Serbian girl’s entrapment. What unfolds is a deadly cat and mouse game through the wilderness.

Melissa George turns out a great female heroine that takes charge of the situation. The hunters
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Weekend Horror Trivia

Reader and contributor Gemma St. Clair returns this weekend with a new list of horror trivia:

1. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark: In the scene where Elvira is being burned at the stake, the flames were so hot that it melted Cassandra Peterson’s black wig.

2. Apt Pupil: When Stephen King heard Bryan Singer was to direct this film, he sold the rights for only $1.

3. Bowery at Midnight: In one scene there is a poster for the movie The Corpse Vanishes, which also stars Bela Lugosi.

4. Alice, Sweet Alice: This was Brooke Shields big screen movie debut.

5. Bad Taste: This was Peter Jackson’s first film. Not only did he direct, but worked on all the special effects, make-up, and built weapon replicas.

6. Nosferatu: Max Schreck does appear on screen before his character Graf Orlok is reviled to the audience. He can be seen briefly in
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Win tickets to the Cdn premiere of ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’

Alliance VivaFilm is joining forces with the Fantasia Film Festival to give Hobo With A Shotgun the spectacular Cdn launch it deserves, and thanks to them we are giving away 10 double passes.

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On March 21st, Montreal will play host to the Canadian premiere of Jason Eisener’s epic feature debut Hobo With a Shotgun, starring the inimitable Rutger Hauer, and we’ve got ten (10!) double passes to give away! The screening, which will be hosted by Eisener along with producer Robert Cotterill, will also feature a bonus second feature: a glorious 35mm print of Ngai Kai Lam’s infamous 1991 cult flick Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, along with a host of vintage grindhouse/exploitation trailers. Here is a caption from our review from Sundance…

“Hobo With a Shotgun delivers what it promises and will satisfy midnight movie gore-hounds. There is a blithe stream-of-self-awareness at play here, similar to what
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Vampires and Nazis and Spies, Oh My!

Fresh off a four-pic deal with Gallic comicbook publisher Les Humanoides Associes, Paris-based Full House is making “I Am Legion,” an English-language vampire movie set during WWII that will be its first project. Spain’s Nacho Cerda (”The Abandoned”) directs from a screenplay by Richard Stanley. Pic will be co-produced by Humanoides partner Pierre Spengler. Revamping a 2006-07 comicbook series, “Legion” pits British Special Ops commandos and Romanian resistance fighters against Nazis, who use a 12-year-old vampire girl to spawn an army of evil.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118032083
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Cerda returns with WWII vampires

We haven’t heard much from Spanish director Nacho Cerda since his quite feature debut in The Abandoned. After shocking audiences with his amazing 28-minute short in Aftermath (out now on DVD from Unearthed Films and if you have the balls and stomach, please see it), horror fans might have forgot about his potential.

Variety is reporting Cerda is going to direct I am Legion, a WWII era story that has Nazis trying to control the powers of a 10-year-old vampire while Allied forces scramble to uncover how their own ranks have been infiltrated by Hitler’s elite. It’s based on a French graphic novel, and it sounds plenty of awesome to me.

The film is being scripted by Hardware‘s Richard Stanley, and is budgeted around $15 million. What are your thoughts on this project?
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