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Round-Up: New Posters for The Boy & The Invitation, New Script Acquired from Writer of The Midnight Meat Train Film Adaptation

Welcome to another horror round-up! In this edition, we take a look at new posters for a pair of movies making their premieres in the Midnighters section at the SXSW Film Festival later this month: The Boy (which sounds a little like Stevan Mena's Bereavement) and The Invitation (the new film from Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama). We also have details on Descendant, a new spec script from the writer who penned the screenplay adaptation of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train.

The Boy: "It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest.
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6 Underrated Movies You Should Watch This Halloween!

‘Tis the Halloween season again, and like most of you, although I regularly watch all kinds of horror films all year round, for some reason, come October, I like to squeeze in as many titles as humanly possible into the month to properly get into the spirit. It often varies from classic horror features (last year I celebrated by making my way through all the Universal Monster Movies), modern horror (this year it’s the Halloween boxed set), personal favorites, one’s I have vague memories of & want to revisit and also a handful of movies I’ve never seen but have been meaning to. I’m sure you all have your traditional ones whether it be Carpenter’s Halloween, Trick ‘R Treat or Frankenstein. But sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly which movies you want to curl up on the couch with, so here’s a few odd
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Beyond Fright: Brand New Music Video How, Who By Rivulets

Adam Barnick, who has directed quite a few behind the scenes documentaries on films such as Adam Green’s Frozen, Paul Solet’s Grace and Stevan Mena’s Bereavement, has been hard at work directing a set of music videos for Rivulets, a singer-songwriter project fronted by Nathan Amundsen. We couldn’t be more happy to show the videos to you readers, as they’re pretty awesome, but also because Barnick is not only a great filmmaker, but part of the Icons of Fright team as well. Check out his new video for Rivulet’s “How, Who“, along with the previous video Adam directed, “I Don’t Want to Be Found“.

Follow Adam on Twitter (here)

and Check out the official Rivulets site (here).
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Exclusive Interview: Stevan Mena On The 'Malevolence' Trilogy

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Exclusive Interview: Stevan Mena On The 'Malevolence' Trilogy
For myself personally, I've been a huge fan of filmmaker Stevan Mena ever since I first caught a theatrical showing of his debut feature 'Malevolence' back in 2004. You have to keep in mind what was going on in horror at the time. The two ficks I'd seen prior to 'Malevolence' were 'Aliens Vs Predator' and 'The Exorcist: The Beginning,' so I had pretty much given up on the genre at that point. But thankfully, Mena's brutal and relentless "slasher" perfectly captured the essence of the movies I grew up loving; so much so that I later had to reconfirm it was a new movie and not something from the 80's only at that time finally getting a release. But 'Malevolence' was always intended to be the middle part of a more epic trilogy. 'Bereavement' came out in 2010 and told the prequel story of how Martin Bristol became the killer we see in 'Malevolence.
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Stevan Mena Returns to the Shock with Malevolence 3

In 2005, Stevan Mena’s debut feature film Malevolence was a surprise hit when it was released theatrically and on DVD. Written, co-produced and directed by Stevan, Malevolence told the shocking but enthralling story of masked serial killer Martin Bristol, whose story hit a nerve with horror fans and mainstream audiences all over the world. Intended as the second act of a sprawling trilogy, fans were rewarded in 2011 when Stevan explored the origins of … Continue reading →
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Stevan Mena Launches Malevolence 3 Kickstarter Campaign

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Stevan Mena Launches Malevolence 3 Kickstarter Campaign
Martin Bristol is back! Well, he could be back – with your support. Writer-director Stevan Mena is looking to complete his particularly violent three-film “Malevolence”/”Bereavement” series, but, in an effort to steer clear of folks who might insist he tone down the brutality, Mena is making this one totally independently. Taking a cue from the recent surge of films successfully funded via Kickstarter, Mena launched his own campaign for “Malevolence 3.” The films come from a book Mena divided into three stories. The first, the basis for the 2004 release, “Malevolence,” focuses on a group of bank robbers who hide out in an abandoned farmhouse after a heist. Little do [ Read More ]

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Malevolence 3 Looking For Victims

Here at Dread Central we're inundated with e-mails every day pertaining to filmmakers who want us to cover their Kickstarter projects. Nine times out of ten we pass because if we didn't we'd be writing all day and who knows if said projects will ever even get made (that is if you're not Veronica Mars).

That being said we only try and cover the ones which we think have a real shot at making it. Such is the case with Stevan Mena and his sequel to both Malevolence and Bereavement entitled Malevolence 3.

From the Press Release

Stevan Mena’s debut feature film Malevolence was a surprise hit when it was released theatrically and on DVD. Written, co-produced and directed by Stevan, Malevolence told the shocking but enthralling story of masked serial killer Martin Bristol, whose story hit a nerve with horror fans and mainstream audiences all over the world. Intended
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Stevan Mena’s ‘Bereavement’ Leads New Premiere Line-Up On The Horror Channel

We’ve received an announcement for the Horror Channel’s impressive spring season film line up, which includes the UK premiere of Stevan Mena’s prequel to his cult slasher hit, Malevolence. Bereavement is led by Texas Chainsaw 3D beauty, Alexandra Daddario and The Terminator’s Michael Biehn, and charts how a young Martin Bristol was turned into the protege of serial-killer, Graham Sutter (Brent Rickaby) from such a young age. Being a huge fan of Mena’s 2003 slasher, I can safely say Bereavement has the same chilling and intense tone as his directorial debut.

Check out the other upcoming genre offerings in the press release below.

Horror Channel Announces Chilling UK Television Movie Premieres For Spring Season

The next quarter promises to be a bumper one for horror fans as Horror Channel presents six UK TV premieres for March, April and May, with plans for a further clutch of
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Join the Macabre Faire on Long Island this weekend

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Join the Macabre Faire on Long Island this weekend
Macabre Faire, running tomorrow-Sunday, January 19-20 at the Best Western Mill River Manor (173 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Center), aims to bring together horror filmmakers and fans in a venue where they can present and enjoy new independent features and get some networking done. Guests include filmmaker Stevan Mena, presenting his well-received rural slasherfest Bereavement (starring Texas Chainsaw 3D beauty Alexandra Daddario); director Mark Tonderai, with his Jennifer Lawrence-starrer House At The End Of The Street; Larry Wade Carrell hosting a showing of Jacob, which he wrote, directed and stars in; original Sleepaway Camp star and musician Jonathan Tiersten, who’ll be performing live Saturday at midnight; Scott W. Perry and his team from the on-line anthology In Fear Of; and many others. For the full schedule and more info, check out the event’s official website and Facebook page.
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Join the Macabre Faire on Long Island this weekend

  • Fangoria
Join the Macabre Faire on Long Island this weekend
Macabre Faire, running tomorrow-Sunday, January 19-20 at the Best Western Mill River Manor (173 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Center), aims to bring together horror filmmakers and fans in a venue where they can present and enjoy new independent features and get some networking done. Guests include filmmaker Stevan Mena, presenting his well-received rural slasherfest Bereavement (starring Texas Chainsaw 3D beauty Alexandra Daddario); director Mark Tonderai, with his Jennifer Lawrence-starrer House At The End Of The Street; Larry Wade Carrell hosting a showing of Jacob, which he wrote, directed and stars in; original Sleepaway Camp star and musician Jonathan Tiersten, who’ll be performing live Saturday at midnight; Scott W. Perry and his team from the on-line anthology In Fear Of; and many others. For the full schedule and more info, check out the event’s official website and Facebook page.
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Join the Macabre Faire on Long Island this weekend

  • Fangoria
Join the Macabre Faire on Long Island this weekend
Macabre Faire, running tomorrow-Sunday, January 19-20 at the Best Western Mill River Manor (173 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Center), aims to bring together horror filmmakers and fans in a venue where they can present and enjoy new independent features and get some networking done. Guests include filmmaker Stevan Mena, presenting his well-received rural slasherfest Bereavement (starring Texas Chainsaw 3D beauty Alexandra Daddario); director Mark Tonderai, with his Jennifer Lawrence-starrer House At The End Of The Street; Larry Wade Carrell hosting a showing of Jacob, which he wrote, directed and stars in; original Sleepaway Camp star and musician Jonathan Tiersten, who’ll be performing live Saturday at midnight; Scott W. Perry and his team from the on-line anthology In Fear Of; and many others. For the full schedule and more info, check out the event’s official website and Facebook page.
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Texas Chainsaw 3D Review

Director: John Luessenhopp

Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Paul Rae, Thom Barry, Tania Raymonde, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Shaun Sipos, Gunnar Hansen, Tobe Hooper, John Dugan, Marilyn Burns, Bill Moseley, Richard Riehle.

Certificate: 18

Running Time: 92 minutes

Synopsis: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter the infamous chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.

Tobe Hooper unleashed his horrifically raw masterpiece The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the world in 1974. It was very loosely based on the real-life crimes of Wisconsin native nutter Ed Gein, who was the inspiration for the limb-lopping loon: Leatherface. Unfairly thrown in amongst the ‘video nasty’ rag-tag bunch here in the UK, Hooper’s infamous low-budget effort was unavailable until 1998 (although in my youth it was known to cross hands in the schoolyard in bootleg video form).

While his original groundbreaking horror lingers in the memory, Hooper
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Rob G.’S Top Horror Picks Of 2012!

Has it already been a year since I last did this?! Wow, 2012 is just about behind us and our beloved genre has seen some interesting offerings this year. I honestly had a really tough time coming up with 10 great horror selections, but then again, there are still a handful of titles I missed out on. For example, I hear great things about The Loved Ones, but have yet to see it. I’m fairly positive I’ll love [Rec] 3 once I get to it, and The Collection also seems like my kind of bat-shit lunacy. Also on my wish list is the anthology pic V/H/S. And while I really, really wanted to pick the Maniac remake (which would’ve been my number one) and the Soska Sister’s American Mary, neither of those saw an official release in 2012. (They’re both coming in 2013 for sure.) Unlike previous years, I
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Interview: We Talk 'Texas Chainsaw' With Alexandra Daddario

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Interview: We Talk 'Texas Chainsaw' With Alexandra Daddario
Genre fans may recall first seeing actress Alexandra Daddario in Stevan Mena's 'Bereavement', a prequel to his film 'Malevolence', so considering the adversary she had to face off in that film, it seemed to be the perfect training ground for when she'd inevitably go head to head with one of the horror's biggest heavyweights. And there's no bigger one (literally and figuratively) than Leatherface! With 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' arriving in theaters on January 4th, we thought this would be the ideal time to get Alexandra in the hot seat to talk all things Chainsaw Massacre!

First off, just wanted to tell you how much I love your performance in Bereavement. I remember coming to set and (director) Stevan Mena had nothing but nice things to say about you.

No way! That was such an exciting film for me to do, because it was
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GrimmFest 2012: Rites Of Spring Review

Director: Padraig Reynolds

Starring: Aj Bowen, Marco St. John, Sonny Marionelli, Anessa Ramsey, Katherine Randolph, Shanna Forrestall

Certificate: Tbc

Running time: 80 minutes

Synopsis: A kidnap and ransom plot turns into a nightmare for a group of desperate criminals who become victims of a horrifying secret that must be paid every spring…

Debut writer-director Padraig ReynoldsRites Of Spring may not surprise many with its opening, which is another retread of something we’ve many times before. It’s the familiar old supernatural/slasher yarn, with a welcome flash of elements from the kidnap/crime story, adding something extra, albeit not very special. What lifts the film is the actual coming together of the two genres. Following the introduction, we’re introduced to Rachel (Ramsey) and female friend drinking in a bar. One bears the guilt of losing her company millions in a major business deal, even though someone else has taken the blame.
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Hulu Celebrates the Season with Starz All Month Long with Huluween

It's the most wonderful time of the year again for horror fans! Our very own holiday season, if you will. Everyone has some type of madness on tap to bring on the spooky, especially Hulu and its annual Halloween event: Huluween!

The spotlight this October will be on several premieres from the Starz catalog of fright flicks! Below you'll find the premiere schedule:

October 2nd

Malevolence directed by Stevan Mena, starring R. Brandon Johnson, Samantha Dark and Heather Magee.

October 9th

Dead Space Aftermath directed by Mike Disa and featuring the voices of Bruce Boxleitner and Kelly Hu.

October 16th

Strait Jacket directed by Shinji Ushiro and featuring the voices of Crispin Freeman and Kari Wahlgreen.

October 23rd

Dante's Inferno directed by Mike Disa and featuring the voices of Mark Hamill, Victoria Tennant, Vanessa Branch, and Graham McTavish.

October 30th

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto directed by Rob Zombie
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DVD Review - Bereavement (2010)

Bereavement, 2010.

Written and Directed by Steven Mena.

Starring Alexandra Daddario, Spencer List, Brett Rickaby, Michael Biehn, Nolan Gerard Funk, Kathryn Meisle, Peyton List, John Savage and Valentina de Angelis.

Synopsis:

A deranged psychopath kidnaps a young boy with a genetic disorder that causes him to feel no physical pain and forces him to become an unwilling participant in the mindless slaughter of his innocent victims.

Small towns tormented by serial killers is a reliable staple of the horror genre. Be it isolated rural town locales or sleepy suburbia, the Michael Myers et al of this world go about their slashing business in the quiet recesses of America. Bereavement follows a stereotypical format with a few interesting ideas added.

A young boy, Martin, has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to feel no physical pain. He’s kidnapped by psychologically disturbed killer Graham Sutter, who forces him to bare witness to his killings.
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DVD Review: Bereavement

Bereavement

Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Spencer List, Brett Rickaby, Michael Biehn, Kathryn Meisle, John Savage, Chase Pechacek | Written and Directed by Stevan Mena

What makes somebody evil? Is it just in their nature to be that person, to have the ability to harm others without remorse or is it their environment that builds the monster inside. This is the well-known argument of nature vs. nurture and Bereavement is a film that pushes for the belief that its nurture that creates the monster, that the parent is to blame.

Bereavement is actually the prequel to a movie called Malevolence, looking at the tale of Martin Bristol. In Bereavement we see him as a six year old boy with a rare disease; he lacks the ability to feel pain. When he is kidnapped by a serial killer he is taught that torturing and killing is ok because pain is not felt, which of course he understands.
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Fox, Warner Bros & David Hudgins Get ‘Past Life’ Copyright Suit Dismissed

A New York judge has tossed the yearlong legal action around the short-lived paranormal crime series. “The Court finds that no discerning observer would conclude that Past Life had appropriated protected elements from Transience,” wrote Judge Barbara Jones yesterday (read ruling here). Transience writer Stevan Mena sued Fox Entertainment, Warner Bros Entertainment as well as producers David Hudgins and Craig Perry for copyright infringement last August. Produced by Warner Bros Television, Past Life debuted on February 9, 2010. With low ratings, Fox cancelled the show after three episodes. The screenwriter claimed that significant elements of the TV series were drawn from the script he wrote back in 2008. For instance, both do feature reincarnation, a child who has visions and is taken care of by a doctor and crime. However the judge ruled that there’s nothing unique about such story devices. Mena contends that his feature script made its way to Past Life
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Are You Glad To See The Back Of Leatherface In First Still From ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’?

He’s one of the boogeymen uttered in the same breath as Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers, now we’re soon going to get a new interpretation of Tobe Hooper’s human butcher Leatherface in John Lussenhop’s forthcoming chase’n'chop reboot Texas Chainsaw 3D.

The film will be headlined by up and coming actress Alexandra Daddorio, whose already made a name for herself as a scream-queen in Stevan Mena’s intense cult horror Bereavement (2010), itself a prequel to his nail-biting serial-killer thriller Malevolence (2004). Both films are well worth a watch if you’re a horror hound.

In the meantime, we’re able to bring you the first official still (and don’t forget the rather grisly poster) from director Lussenhop’s hopefully gore-some effort, that sees the return of former favourites of the franchise, Bill Moseley, Marilyn Burns, John Dugan and the legendary first swinger of the saw, Gunner Hansen.
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