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Don Calfa, the Mortician in 'The Return of the Living Dead,' Dies at 76

Don Calfa, the Mortician in 'The Return of the Living Dead,' Dies at 76
Don Calfa, a top-notch character actor who portrayed the embalmer Ernie Kaltenbrunner in the 1985 cult horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead, has died. He was 76.

Calfa died Thursday — two days before his birthday — at his home in Yucca Valley, Calif., actor-producer Mark Terry (Live Evil, Brother's Blood) told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Brooklyn, Calfa also portrayed Paulie, the hitman who murders Hamptons rich guy Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser) by giving him a heroin overdose, in the classic comedy Weekend at Bernie's (1989).

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Don Calfa, the Mortician in 'The Return of the Living Dead,' Dies at 76

Don Calfa, a top-notch character actor who portrayed the embalmer Ernie Kaltenbrunner in the 1985 cult horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead, has died. He was 76.

Calfa died Thursday — two days before his birthday — at his home in Yucca Valley, Calif., actor-producer Mark Terry (Live Evil, Brother's Blood) told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Brooklyn, Calfa also portrayed Paulie, the hitman who murders Hamptons rich guy Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser) by giving him a heroin overdose, in the classic comedy Weekend at Bernie's (1989).

Calfa...
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Jerry Alan, Stuntman for James Bond Films, Dies at 75

Jerry Alan, a stunt coordinator and stuntman who worked on three James Bond films and the 1993 Burt Reynolds comedy Cop and a Half, has died. He was 75. Alan died Sept. 26 of throat and mouth cancer in Tampa, Fla., actor-producer Mark Terry told The Hollywood Reporter. At age 68, Alan flipped a car off a pipe ramp for a stunt in the film Live Evil (2009), which was produced by Terry, who called the stuntman “one of my first teachers in this business.” Alan did stunts on the Bond features Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man With

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Closed for the Season Opens on DVD and VOD in August

One indie flick we've had our eye on for a while now, Closed for the Season, is getting set to hit you in every digital way imaginable (with the exception of Blu-ray), and we've got the details of what to expect when it gets here. Plus we get to run that truly bitchin' poster art!

Look for the flick on DVD, VOD, and Digital Download from Mti Home Video on August 23rd. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and trailers.

"Closed for the Season stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, The Mangler Reborn, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (the upcoming Joe R. Lansdale’s Mister Weed-Eater, Thomas Jane presents Suckerfish), and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface, Broke Sky). Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Live Evil, the upcoming Season Of Darkness with Richard Hatch, Tim Thomerson, and Tiffany Shepis, Unseen Evil) and produced by Jay Ellison and
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Junk Food Dinner: From the Vault #1- Jay Woelfel

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Many moons ago, we had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with writer/director/composer/etc. Jay Woelfel. We had discussed his film "Beyond Dreams Door" on Episode #23, and after a great many technical issues- we're proud to finally present this interview! Mr. Woelfel has been directing films since the late 80's and shows no signs of stopping. His most recent output are 2 films (Season of Darkness/Closed for the Season) both shot in our old/current stomping grounds in The Heart of it All. His other works include Ghost Lake, Live Evil, and Trancers 6. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is probably wondering why this has taken to long to post online.

Look for more of his films on upcoming episodes of Junk Food Dinner!

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Got a movie suggestion for the show, want to give your opinion on a movie we talked about or
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Carnies Signing at Dark Delicacies October 10th

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Carnies Signing at Dark Delicacies October 10th
On October 10th at 2 p.m., Dark Delicacies will hold an exclusive Carnies DVD release event with (tentative) Doug Jones, Reggie Bannister, Chris Staviski, Brian Corder, John Corder, David Markham, Gigi Bannister, Denise Gossett, and Mike Murga. The upcoming sideshow thriller “Carnies” by director Brian Corder stars genre favorites Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, Frankenstein), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Wishmaster), Ford Austin, Gigi Fast Elk and Lee Perkins (Dahmer vs. Gacy, Live Evil, The Red Machine). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Carnies. Synopsis: In 1936, during The Great Depression, a traveling sideshow sets up shop to mystify yet another dustbowl town with freaks and illusions. When a sinister [...]
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Interview With Special Effects Artist Marcus Koch (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Fell, The Uh-Oh Show)

Marcus Koch seems to be the go to guy for special effects these days in the indie horror world. Having racked up a number of credits in the past few years including Bloody Bloody Bible Camp starring Reggie Bannister (Phantasm), Tim Sullivan (host of the TV show Scream Queens and director of 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams), and adult film superstar Ron Jeremy. He has also worked on Herschell Gordon Lewis's The Uh-Oh Show, Andrew Allan's Brainjacked, Jay Woelfel's Live Evil and many other films. Marcus Koch has also stepped back into the director's chair with Fell starring Jeff Dylan Graham. Here's what Marcus Koch had to say about his career.

So who is Marcus Koch and what is he all about?

Not sure yet, but, I'm a Pieces. Sometimes I don hideous mohawks, listen to bad 80's music and collect cheesy tuxedo t-Shirts. I love horror films and I love weird art.
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Check Out the Carnies Teaser Poster

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Check Out the Carnies Teaser Poster
For those of you who might have missed it, here’s the official teaser poster for the upcoming sideshow thriller “Carnies” by director Brian Corder starring genre favorites Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, Frankenstein), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Wishmaster) and Lee Perkins (Dahmer vs. Gacy, Live Evil, The Red Machine). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Carnies. Synopsis: In 1936, during The Great Depression, a traveling sideshow sets up shop to mystify yet another dustbowl town with freaks and illusions. When a sinister force begins taking the carnies’ lives one-by-one, Detective Ellison (Reggie Bannister of “Phantasm”) is put on the case. Is it the cryptic carnival owner, Helen (Denise [...]
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Sideshow Thriller Carnies Trailer Goes Live

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Sideshow Thriller Carnies Trailer Goes Live
Fangoria.com got their hands on a brand new movie trailer for the upcoming sideshow thriller “Carnies” by director Brian Corder starring genre favorites Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, Frankenstein), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Wishmaster) and Lee Perkins (Dahmer vs. Gacy, Live Evil). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Carnies. Synopsis: In 1936, during The Great Depression, a traveling sideshow sets up shop to mystify yet another dustbowl town with freaks and illusions. When a sinister force begins taking the carnies’ lives one-by-one, Detective Ellison (Reggie Bannister of “Phantasm”) is put on the case. Is it the cryptic carnival owner, Helen (Denise Gossett)? What about the strong man, Virgil [...]
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Dahmer vs. Gacy Wins Award at Action on Film International Film Festival

A film titled Dahmer vs. Gacy doesn't seem the type to be garnering awards at film festivals across the country, but that's exactly what's happening. It just won "Outstanding Cast Performance" at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Pasadena, California, and earlier this year the film also was voted "Audience Choice Award" winner at the Bare Bones Independent Film Fest in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Produced and directed by Ford Austin from a script by Chris Watson and Andrew Rausch, Dahmer Vs. Gacy stars Ford Austin and Randal Malone as Dahmer and Gacy in a slaughter-filled rampage that includes appearances by Harland Williams (Half Baked), Art Lafleur (The Replacements), Steven Adler (Guns 'N Roses), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Jerry Maren (Wizard of Oz), Bonnie Aarons (Drag Me to Hell), Irwin Keyes (House of 1000 Corpses), Jed Rowen (Acts of Violence), Lee Perkins (Live Evil), Brooke Lewis (iMurders), and many more!
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The Monsters in the Woods Rear Their Heads

You see? This is reason #89 while I will always remain a damned city boy. No matter how you slice it there is stuff happening deep within the woods that I want absolutely no part of! From inbred mutants to well, yes, monsters, you just never know what is gonna smack you in the face (thereby tearing it off and sending it sailing through the air) next.

Such is the case with Jason Horton's latest indie effort Monsters in the Woods starring Glenn Plummer (Speed, Saw 2, The Salton Sea), Lee Perkins (Live Evil, The Red Machine, Katiebird), Kristian Bernard (Ride or Die, Sugar Valentine, Vegas Vampires) and Annemarie Pazmino (Edges of Darkness, On Bloody Sunday, Small Town Saturday Night).

"The plot is semi based in reality." says director Horton. "When I was shopping [his previous film] Trap to distributors, I actually had one say they would take the movie if I would shoot
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Bitchin' New Artwork: Closed for the Season

Genre poster art has for too long been dominated by the floating heads of pensive teens. Hollywood churns these puppies out one-by-one. Leave it to the indie filmmakers to get things right!

Below you'll find the one-sheet for a movie we last reported it on way earlier in the year, Closed for the Season. Seriously? I'd hang this shit on my wall in a heartbeat!

"Closed for the Season stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, The Mangler Reborn, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (the upcoming Joe R. Lansdale’s Mister Weed-Eater, Thomas Jane presents Suckerfish), and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface, Broke Sky). Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Live Evil, the upcoming Season Of Darkness with Richard Hatch, Tim Thomerson, and Tiffany Shepis, Unseen Evil) and produced by Jay Ellison and Jon Wagner with creature design and creation by Tony Gardner's Alterian Inc. (Army of Darkness, Lord of Illusions,
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Exclusive: First Stills from the Set of Beverly Lane

A few weeks back we reported on Beverly Lane, the upcoming film from indie filmmaker Joshua Hull currently lensing in Indiana. Since we love you fans so much and want to support indie horror whenever we can, Dread Central is giving you an exclusive look at the first stills from the set.

Feast your eyes on the carnage below!

Official Synopsis:

Beverly Lane follows a local metal company as they celebrate the retirement of their longtime boss with a "Coney Island" themed party. Bored and angry, the workers find themselves stuck with clowns, a magician, a mime, and one very sick barbershop singer. Then all hell breaks loose ... literally! Stuck between zombies and a sideshow, the workers must learn to survive with each other or die trying.

Beverly Lane features cult actor Jim O'Rear (Day of the Dead, the upcoming Post Mortem, America 2021), Mark A. Nash (Live Evil), musician Noah East,
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Artwork and Synopsis for Beverly Lane

First time writer/director Joshua Hull definitely did one thing right in prepping his new horror comedy Beverly Lane: He hired Michael Bukowski to do the artwork for the film's eventual DVD release.

But before we show you what Mike came up with for the Beverly Lane poster, here's a synopsis of the storyline:

Beverly Lane follows a local metal company as they celebrate the retirement of their longtime boss with a "Coney Island" themed party. Bored & angry, the workers find themselves stuck with clowns, a magician, a mime, and one very sick barbershop singer. Then all hell breaks loose...literally!

Stuck between zombies and a sideshow, the workers must learn to survive with each other or die trying.

The film, which will begin principal photography this March in Anderson, Indiana, features cult actor Jim O'Rear (Day of the Dead, the upcoming Post Mortem, America 2021), Mark A. Nash (Live Evil), musician Noah East,
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Catch the Premiere of Closed for the Season this March

If you've been thinking about attending Monster-Mania 14 this coming March 12th-14th, then a press release that crossed our desk today might help you make up your mind. Along with the myriad of guests who will be at the show, a special screening will be taking place of writer/director Jay Woelfel's supernatural thriller Closed for the Season.

In addition to watching the film's premiere, fans will be able to meet some of the key players as well as participate in a Q&A session regarding the production of Closed for the Season. From the press release:

Closed for the Season stars Aimee Brooks (Monster Man, The Mangler Reborn, Critters 3), Damian Maffei (the upcoming Joe R. Lansdale’s Mister Weed-Eater, Thomas Jane presents Suckerfish), and Joe Unger (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface, Broke Sky). Written and directed by Jay Woelfel (Live Evil, the upcoming Season Of Darkness with Richard Hatch,
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Dahmer vs. Gacy World Premiere

Dahmer vs. Gacy will have a premiere at the Sunset 5 Theatre this January 15th through until the 16th. A film that pits two serial killers against each other an interview with the director, Ford Austin can be found here (Dahmer vs. Gacy Interview). If your in the Hollywood area this will be a definite highlight for 2010 for indie horror films, as the premiere will host the following stars Harland Williams (Half Baked), Art Lafleur (The Replacements), Steven Adler (Guns ‘N Roses), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Jerry Maren (Wizard of Oz), Bonnie Aarons (Drag Me to Hell), Irwin Keyes (House of a 1,000 Corpses), Jed Rowen (Acts of Violence), Lee Perkins (Live Evil), and Brooke Lewis (iMurders). Have a look at the concept artwork for the movie poster, synopsis, and location right here.

A film synopsis for Dahmer vs. Gacy here:

"A secret government lab has been
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Dahmer Vs. Gacy Set to Face Off January 15th & 16th in Hollywood

Reactions were definitely mixed when a promo trailer surfaced for the horror/comedy known as Dahmer Vs. Gacy a couple of months ago, but if you live in or around Hollywood, CA, you can be among the first to see the whole thing when the film premieres at midnight at the Laemmle Sunset 5 on January 15th and 16th.

Produced and directed by Ford Austin from a script by Chris Watson and Andrew Rausch, Dahmer Vs. Gacy stars Ford Austin and Randal Malone as Dahmer and Gacy in a slaughter-filled rampage that includes appearances by Harland Williams (Half Baked), Art Lafleur (The Replacements), Steven Adler (Guns 'N Roses), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Jerry Maren (Wizard of Oz), Bonnie Aarons (Drag Me to Hell), Irwin Keyes (House of 1000 Corpses), Jed Rowen (Acts of Violence), Lee Perkins (Live Evil), Brooke Lewis (iMurders), and many more!

Here's the
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Vegas will have a Silent Night, Zombie Night

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Vegas will have a Silent Night, Zombie Night
Sin City is suddenly becoming a genre town. The Blacklist Film Festival brought their indie flavor to Las Vegas; Live Evil hit the Sci-Fi Center; and the Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors took over The Palms.

Now William Powell’s comic shop and grindhouse theater hosts the Las Vegas premiere of Sean Cain’s Silent Night, Zombie Night (which we last covered here). The event, celebrating independent cinema, Christmas and zombies all in one night, takes place December 5 at 8 p.m. and costs $5.

Cain, who Fangoria calls a “Indie Horror Specialist,” will be on hand for a Q&A and autograph signing session after the film, as will producer Wes Laurie, and co-stars Chris Gabriel (”One Long Day,” “Devotion,” “S4″), Chad Clinton Freeman ("Killer Biker Chicks"), Luke Y. Thompson (”Wicked Lake,” “Mad Cowgirl”) and Sean Decker ("Alluvial"). Dread Central's Heather Wixson, aka The Horror Chick, will be hosting the event.

The
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"Live Evil" Review - Written by Anthony T

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Live EvilYear: 2009Director: Jay WoelfelStudio: Mt EntertainmentStars: Tim Thomerson, Mark Hengst, Osa WallanderMPAA Rating: Not RatedRunning Time: 96 MinsOfficial Website: http://www.liveevilthemovie.com/“Live Evil” is a film that I’ve been kind of looking forward for two reasons. First, I saw the trailer to this film and thought it looks like some b-movie fun and it had Tim Thomerson of
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Shoreline Entertainment Picks Up Three from Creep Creepersin

Shoreline Entertainment has recently signed three films by notorious low budget filmmaker Creep Creepersin, just in time for Afm.

First up is Orgy of Blood, an erotic vampire film starring Domiziano Arcangeli, who is also executive producer. The film, also starring Chandler Maness ("Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency"), Randal Malone (Curse of Lizzie Borden), Jeff Dylan Graham (Psychosomatika), and a slew of horror genre favorites, wrapped in May. Orgy of Blood was written and directed by Creep Creepersin and produced by Aine Leicht and Nikki Wall.

Shoreline also snapped up two more Creepersin films for release as a Grindhouse-style double feature: The Creep Creepersin Double Featuresin. Comprised of Vaginal Holocaust and Caged Lesbos a-Go-Go, the double feature is a heavy throwback to 60’s and 70’s exploitation films.

Vaginal Holocaust takes the viewer on a trip where rape and revenge go hand in hand with redneck vampires and a man-eating vagina! It
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