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Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s ‘Higher Power’ Backed by Content, Defy

Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s ‘Higher Power’ Backed by Content, Defy
London — Content Media and Defy Media, a leading producer and programmer of digital content, have inked a deal to finance “Higher Power,” a sci-fi movie from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is best known for the “Transformer” and “G.I. Joe” franchises.

The movie tells the story of an ordinary guy who risks his life to save his daughter, and ends up with powers beyond his wildest imagination.

International distributors will get their first glimpse of “Higher Power” at next week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica, where Content’s film president, Jamie Carmichael, and its head of sales, Harry White, will debut the first footage. CAA co-represents U.S. distribution rights with Content.

The film is directed by Matthew Santoro, the visual effects artist for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “300,” from a script by Julia Fair (“Alien Raiders”). It stars Ron Eldard (“Sleepers,
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Q&A: Ben Rock on His New Webseries 20 Seconds To Live

Filmmaker Ben Rock (Alien Raiders, The Blair Witch Project) recently released a brand new webseries entitled 20 Seconds to Live which, as you may have guessed from the title, will feature someone meeting their untimely demise but in some truly unique ways. The first episode is already available here and the next installment of 20 Seconds to Live arrives this Friday.

Daily Dead chatted briefly with Rock about the series, teaming up with Adam Green and ArieScope for their release, and what fans can expect from future episodes.

Let’s start at the beginning—how did the series come about?

Ben Rock: Bob DeRosa is an outrageously accomplished writer for film and television, and he and I also do a lot of fun small theater projects together, mostly at Sacred Fools (where you came to see Baal five years ago and Taste last year). And when we put up one of
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Exclusive: Ben Rock Talks 20 Second to Live; See the First Episode Now!

Today ArieScope Pictures is launching its second original online series, 20 Seconds to Live, directed/co-created by Ben Rock (Alien Raiders), written/co-created by Bob DeRosa (Killers), and produced by Cat Pasciak (Atari: Game Over). We had a chance to chat with… Continue Reading →

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Round-Up: Zombified Jay & Silent Bob, 20 Seconds To Live, Captain America v Iron Man, Dark Star: H.R. Giger’S World

May releases from Diamond Select Toys include Ghostbusters, Predator, and a zombified Jay and Silent Bob. Also in our latest round-up: 20 Seconds to Live, a Captain America vs. Iron Man infographic, and new Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World stills.

Diamond Select Toys: Press Release -- "The new Previews catalog is in comic shops now, and inside is a litany of new products coming your way from Diamond Select Toys! Due out this fall, the new offerings include items from the Batman Classic TV Series, Batman The Animated Series, Gotham, Ghostbusters, Jay and Silent Bob, Marvel Select, Predator, Pulp Fiction, Star Trek, Universal Monsters and more! It’s the best of all worlds! Read on for more info, and pre-order today through your local comic shop, your favorite online retailer, or! Find your nearest comic shop at!

Ghostbusters Movie Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.:

A Diamond Select Toys release!
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Ben Rock's Alien Raiders Gets the Lego Treatment

Life is full of great mysteries. Who was the 3rd gunman on the grassy knoll? Is the shroud of Turin really the burial wrap of Jesus Christ? Why did Warner Brothers give Ben Rock's kick-ass alien flick the shitty title of Alien Raiders? We may never know.

In any event YouTuber OsorioTron also recognized the greatness of the poorly titled Alien Raiders (review) and lovingly gave the film the Lego treatment! You can dig on that below.

If you haven't seen this movie, don't let the meaningless title sway you. Get it! Live it! Love it!


It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, an idyllic family grocery store in Buck Lake, Arizona. But the normal monotony of rounding up shopping carts and settling out the cash drawers is broken at 11:07 pm, just before closing, when a group of masked and armed-to-the-teeth militants invades the store,
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Halloweek: Horror Heavyweights Share Their Biggest Fears and Favorite Scary Movies!

With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!

Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.

Let the scares begin!


Jace Anderson

Writer - The Toolbox Murders (2004), Schism, Night of the Demons (2009), Mother of Tears

1) I
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Top 10 Best Alien Possession Movies

"The function of life is survival."

Whether you love the works of best-selling author Stephenie Meyer or not, there's no denying the incredible influence her Twilight series of books, and the movies based on them, has had on the horror genre and vampires, in particular. Meyer's tale of the star-crossed lovers Edward and Bella transformed the concept of vampires as unholy, unclean monsters to be feared and reviled into beautiful, tragic creatures capable of undying love. And, if the new movie based on one of her books, The Host, is successful, Meyer might well accomplish the same thing with alien invaders that she accomplished with vampires, ushering in a new wave of romantic alien possession movies.

Until then, we are left with the legacy of the invading lifeforms that want to take over our bodies and minds in alien possession movies being the stuff of nightmares, rather than of fairy tales: malevolent,
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Sons of Anarchy's Kurt Sutter and Genre Vet John Shiban to Deliver Lucas Stand to FX

Now this one sounds really tasty. Deadline is reporting that "Sons of Anarchy" creator and showrunner, Kurt Sutter, is teaming with John Shiban ("Supernatural," "The X-Files," "The Vampire Diaries,", Alien Raiders) to bring some new horror to the FX network.

"Lucas Stand," will be a dark action/horror drama series based on an idea by Sutter. The new series will feature both episodic and serialized elements. It follows the salvation quest of a damaged former special ops soldier, who has been chosen to traverse time and place to hunt down and kill Hell’s law-breaking demons.

Yep, all over this one. Look for more on this one as soon as it comes, kids.

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Top Seven Supermarket Slaughters

The supermarket is one of the centers of the community. It's a place where neighbors go to buy their groceries while catching up with each other. They exchange stories, laughs and gossip in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. That's a nice picture, but unfortunately it's not always the case in reality.

In fact, as we get further and further from the "Leave it to Beaver" era, the supermarkets we visit are usually "superstores" and almost never owned by a member of the community anymore. But maybe there is something to be said for a place where you can go to buy a pound of baloney, a prom dress and get an oil change all in one stop…and we wonder why "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is the hottest show on television. Save us from the superstore.

This leads us to Bait 3D (review here). This all-new horror film hits DVD
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New Same Shit, Different Show Washes Up on the (Ben) Rock

Post-holiday blues got you down? Suffering from the Sunday night back-to-work shakes? Why not settle in for the night and allow your goodly host Buz "Danger" Wallick to treat you to another helping of his Same Shit, Different Show. It'll make everything better. Promise!

This week's episode features an interview with the writer/director of one of my favorite direct-to-video horror flicks of the past five years, the unfortunately titled Alien Raiders. Ben Rock joins Buz for some fast and furious industry chatter that leaves virtually no stone unturned when it comes to genre filmmaking.

Head on over to Buz's Same Shit, Different Show website (that's .biz, fyi) and dig it. This is a good one, as they've all been thus far. And if you haven't heard them all yet, do give 'em a listen.

Same Shit Different Show Trailer from Buz Wallick on Vimeo.

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Snoop Dogg Stars in this First Trailer for The Big Bang

Fo shizzle my nizzle! Rap impresario Snoop Dogg will be starring in the upcoming heist thriller The Big Bang. Tony Krantz (Alien Raiders) will direct the script from writer Erik Jendresen and Snoop descends to the gutter, to play a porn producer. But, even those working in skin flicks have ambitions and Snoop, as Puss, searches for a missing treasure trove of diamonds. Check out this action thriller below, in the first trailer.

The synopsis for The Big Bang is here:

"Late one night, Los Angeles private investigator, Ned Cruz (Antonio Banderas) gets a visit from a recently paroled Russian boxer with an intriguing job offer: find Lexie, his missing girlfriend—and the 30-million dollar stash of diamonds she is hiding. As Detective Cruz sets out to find her, the clues send him into the city’s seediest corners, from a Hollywood action star with a dirty little secret (James Van Der Beek
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Indie Horror Month - 25 Milestones in Independent Horror Filmmaking: Part 5

Welcome back to the last installment of Dread Central’s look back at the 25 milestones that shaped the landscape of independent horror filmmaking over the last 100 years. I apologize for the delay on the last five milestones as I had no idea just how busy I’d be while in Austin covering the South by Southwest Film Festival (which also champions the independent spirit of filmmaking most of the time) so I am glad to be back now and have the opportunity to pay homage to these last five moments in indie horror history.

We’ve already celebrated 20 milestones through 1987, and today we start in 1999 with one of the most innovative independent modern horror films that not only acted as a game changer in the horror genre but also was one of the first movies to effectively use the Internet as a marketing tool.

1999- The Blair Witch Project Breaks
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Indie Horror Month: Ben Rock's Five Favorite Independent Horror Films

My introduction to writer/director Ben Rock came when I interviewed him for his 2009 highly-underrated flick Alien Raiders, which took themes from Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing and combined them with a little bit of “24” for good measure (hard not to when the film’s star is Carlos Bernard). Last year I had the opportunity to experience Rock’s work in the realm of live theatre with his twisted play Ba’al and quickly realized he’s someone who has an interesting perspective when it comes to genre-related projects.

I recently caught up with Rock, who's been busy working on content for a recent big-name video game release, to find out what his top five independent horror films are. Check out his favorites below!

1. Midnight Son

Scott Leberecht's debut feature about a young man turning into something he doesn't want to understand brings me back to
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Trailer Park: Monsters, Back To The Future: 25th Anniversary Giveaway, Dead Set, Top 10 for Halloween, 2010 International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival

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Monsters - Review

First, the raw numbers: this is director and writer Gareth Edwards’ first feature, the movie cost a purported $15,000, internationally speaking the film has grossed over 1.5 million dollars, this is the one film you need to see this fall.

One of the spectacular aspects of a movie that is labeled sci-fi even though we only really glimpse the science of the fiction at the very beginning and then near the end which, really, is the crowning achievement of this little film that could, is that this movie exists at all. Actor Scoot McNairy, last seen in the very sweet and gentile film In Search of a Midnight Kiss, and his co-star Whitney Able are essentially starring in a film where
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Event Report: The Reapers Take over The Roosevelt Hotel

The second annual Reaper Awards descended onto the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood on Tuesday, October 12th, in high fashion as the hotel was packed to celebrate the best horror titles released over the last year on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The Reaper Awards were hosted by Dread Central’s own fearless leader, Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton, and the awards themselves (The Grimmys) are given out as part of a collaborative effort between Dread and Home Media Magazine to put the spotlight on genre titles which mainstream award shows generally overlook.

On hand for the Reaper Awards was a proverbial “Who’s Who” in the horror genre, including director Darren Lynn Bousman (Mother’s Day), actor Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), iconic director Tom Holland (the original Fright Night), director Adam Green (Hatchet II), actress Rileah Vanderbilt (Hatchet II), director Neil Marshall (Centurion), actress Axelle Carolyn (Centurion), director Declan O
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Dinner for Fiends: 2nd Helpings!

Did you miss us? We have returned after a lengthy hiatus brought on by scheduling conflicts and a technical meltdown that erased the last Dinner For Fiends, and what a loaded program we have for you! Finally, the first Dff of 2010, and being that we're nearly three months into the new year, that means there is a lot of ground to cover and still find time for the usual off-topic nonsense.

Andrew and Buz couldn't make it so this edition should prove quite popular in Mexico. Instead you can smell what Ben Rock is cooking; the Alien Raiders filmmaker joins us for this edition. The always salty Uncle Creepy, Matt "Can we get this over with because 'Lost' is on in an hour?" Fini, and yours truly, the Foywonder, round out the roundtable of fiends.

Expect spoiler-filled discussions of Daybreakers, The Wolf Man, Legion, The Crazies, and especially Shutter Island.
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Shaun Berk's 10 Movie Recommendations- 227th Edition

Welcome to the 227th Edition of my weekly series. This was a very difficult one to put together due to my unwritten rules but I finally have a finished product I hope you'll like. I chose one movie from the Random Myspace Profile Selection process. Next week will have at least one but possibly two.Alien Raiders (2008): This is a selection from the Random Myspace Profile selection process and
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Exclusive: Ben Rock and Gregory Sims Talk Bringing Baal to Life

Last weekend Dread Central decided to get a bit of culture and headed over to Sacred Fools Theater to check out film/TV/viral director Ben Rock's (Alien Raiders) intense new project, Baal.

Based on the 1918 story by Bertolt Brecht, Baal is the trippy little story about a destructive and alcoholic poet named Baal (played by Gregory Sims) who destroys anything and anyone in his path. Baal has no issue with seducing friends' wives and girlfriends, deflowering young teenage girls, and drinking himself into a stupor on a regular basis. The world is for Baal's taking, no matter what the cost.

While not necessarily horror, the ramifications of Baal's downward spiral into excess are quite horrific as he manages to leave a body count in his wake. The reinterpretation of Brecht's story by Peter Mellencamp is bold, startling, and devastating. When the play finishes, you can
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Ben Rock Breaths Life into Baal

There are very few places darker and more terrifying than the recesses of the human mind and the buried wickedness that resides there. Sometimes these feelings and notions seep out into the real world despite our best efforts to keep a handle on them, and that, dear friends, is the essence of psychological horror. Get ready to meet Baal, a new play from Ben Rock.

Rock will be bringing this creepy tale of a very disturbed man to the stage from January 15th to February 20th, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Check out the trailer for the play and click on the image below for more details, watch a couple of more teaser videos, and of course to buy tickets.


"Take a hallucinatory slide on the downward spiral of drunken, dissolute poet Baal. At once genius and madman, Baal will seductively lift you up and decadently drag you down into his journey of excessive,
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Dread Central's Best & Worst of 2009

2009. It was pretty much as crappy a year for horror movies as it was for the economy. There were, however, some really high points to help balance out all the drivel that was put out there in theatres as well as on home video, and they are to be celebrated, even though technically a couple of them are not even from this year.

Pull up your chair, sit back, and strap yourself in for a look back at the dos, the don'ts, and of course the "Doh!"s of this past year.

Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2009 by following the links below!

[Andrew Kasch]

[Matt Fini]

[Morgan Elektra]


[The Buz]

[The Foywonder]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]

Andrew Kasch's Picks

District 9 - Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi/action/horror hybrid delivered the kind of hardcore testosterone roller coaster ride we hadn’t seen since the glory days of John McTiernan. With story and special FX superior to that of
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