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DREAD, formally known as Dread Central Presents, will begin pre-production on the company's second original project — that's described as a feminist horror story, titled, Lucky. Most known for her work on 2017's Imitation Girl, Natasha Kermani has been tapped to direct the film. Also: trailer and release details for Broken Ghost and After the Lethargy's trailer and poster revealed.

Pre-Production Begins for Dread's Lucky: "Dread Central Presents starts 2019 under the new moniker, DREAD will release its first in-house production, THE GOLEM, as a DREAD ORIGINAL this February 5th.

Directed by the Paz Brothers (JERUZALEM), THE GOLEM, tells the story of a vengeful Jewish woman who conjures the evil, mythological entity to strike down her enemies.

Following the release of THE GOLEM, DREAD will begin pre-production in Los Angeles on its second DREAD ORIGINAL, LUCKY, which will be directed by Natasha Kermani (IMITATION GIRL) from a script by Brea Grant (THE ARRANGEMENT, HEROES) who will also star. Patrick Ewald and Robert V. Galluzzo will produce.

In the feminist horror story of LUCKY, a suburban mother, MAY, is stalked night after night by a threatening but elusive figure. But with few clues as evidence and no witnesses, she finds her story and her sanity questioned by the authorities. As each attack intensifies, and with no one to turn to for help, May finds herself alone and locked in an increasingly vicious battle with someone or something that may be unstoppable.

“Lucky is a story that needs to be told now,” says Kermani.“Brea has created a world that is a nightmarish parallel to the one we live in, close enough to feel terrifying when it all starts to unravel.”

“This script is so important to me and I can’t imagine a better team than Natasha and Dread,” Grant added. “We are so excited to bring it to life. This project combines current cultural themes and my love of horror. It is the perfect time to make it and I’m so happy to have Dread on as a partner.”

Dread via its distribution parent, Epic Pictures, will continue to release films that tell horrifying stories but they also strive to raise awareness of historical, political, and/or current social issues. They are focused on changing the female/male stereotypes by putting strong women in traditionally male roles. With projects like LUCKY, THE GOLEM, and the upcoming creature feature, SEA FEVER, starring Hermione Corfield (STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI) and Connie Nielson (WONDER WOMAN), Epic Pictures and Dread are helping to rewrite the narrative for women in genre entertainment.

The DREAD brand established itself by releasing a diverse slate of genre offerings on a monthly basis, including THE LODGERS, TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY, and DIRECTOR’S CUT from Magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame.

On deck for 2019, the label will also unveil Stewart Sparke’s BOOK OF MONSTERS on March 19th, BLACK SITE from British filmmaker, Tom Paton, on April 9th, and the military zombie epic REDCON-1, directed by Chee Keong Cheung and from the Executive Producer and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES co-creator, Kevin Eastman, in May, with several more acquisition announcement on the horizon.

Kermani is repped by Marc Manus, and Grant is repped by Marc Manus and Nathan Habben. Grant’s attorney is Josh Sandler, and Kermani’s attorney is Marios Rush.

About Epic Pictures
Established in 2007, Epic Pictures Group has grown to become one of the most creative and dynamic independent studios. Focusing on filmmaker-driven projects. Epic often helps shape them from script to launch via its domestic distribution division, Epic Pictures Releasing. Epic Pictures Group seeks out relationships with exceptional producers and talent in order to secure A-level, high-quality projects. Epic Pictures Group actively develops a full range of new relationships and strategic alliances with financers, independent production companies, producers and studios both domestically and in Europe and Asia. Epic Pictures recently acquired Dreadcentral.com and now features horror titles through Dread Central Presents."

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Broken Ghost Trailer and Release Details: "Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to announce the North American release of BROKEN GHOST. Written by ABE POGOS & CATHERINE HILL (SUGAR MOUNTAIN) this captivating and haunting film tells the story of one girl’s struggle with bullies and her rise to confront her demons, starring SCOTTIE THOMPSON (12 MONKEYS, THE BLACKLIST, STAR TREK). The talented female-driven cast is further bolstered by NICK FARNELL (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, THE MULE), DEVON BAGBY (RAY DONOVAN) JOY BRUNSON (THIS IS US, SHAMELESS), GEORGE GRIFFITH (TWIN PEAKS) and introduces a stellar performance by up-and-comer AUTRY HAYDON-WILSON.

BROKEN GHOST will be distributed by Film Mode Entertainment and available across major digital platforms and VOD in North America starting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

Directed by the prolific RICHARD GRAY (THE LOOKALIKE, SUGAR MOUNTAIN, ROBERT THE BRUCE), BROKEN GHOST focuses on a family desperate to leave behind their past secrets for a fresh start in a small town in Montana.

“We’re thrilled that folks are going to be able to experience our movie, we had a ball making it,” said Gray. “I was so taken by the originality of the script. Imogen’s story of rising above harrowing bullying and depression really took hold of me, and to be able to tell it on such a large canvas. I love ghost stories, but the human elements, including the empowerment of the female leads in BROKEN GHOST, are what makes the film so special to us.”

“The entire Film Mode Entertainment team is excited to be working with Richie Gray and the Yellow Brick Films team again on another enthralling film that raises the genre bar to the next level.” Said Epstein. “With his keen sense of taught storytelling and perfectly placed scares, and a remarkable cast that draws the audience in from the start, we are looking forward to moviegoers across North America having the opportunity to see the film for themselves.”

Desperate for a new life, Imogen (HAYDON-WILSON) and her family move to Montana in an attempt to escape a secretive past from the big city. Eager to make a new life for herself, Imogen must overcome new tormentors, old secrets, and a strange presence in the attic. In one girl’s fight to rise up, this family eventually discovers that the ghosts of their pasts are not the only ones they have to deal with.

Film Mode Entertainment is distributing the film as well as representing worldwide rights on BROKEN GHOST.

About Film Mode Entertainment Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent successes include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, LITTLE PINK HOUSE starring Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener and VIKING DESTINY starring Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp. Upcoming releases include CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Beau Knapp, and Alexis Bledel, STAGE MOTHER starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu, and Adrian Grenier, and BURN starring Josh Hutcherson and Suki Waterhouse. Additional titles include THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award nominee James Caan, and GANGSTER LAND starring Milo Gibson, Sean Faris, Jason Patric, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. DocMode, Film Mode’s Documentary label was launched to focus on award-winning Documentaries that impact the world. BALLERINA, the first film under the label had its American debut in 2018. Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA.

Click here for more information: http://www.filmmodeentertainment.com

About Yellow Brick Films

The Yellow Brick Films team have produced eight independent feature films across the US and Australia. Whilst they draw on their collective experiences and skills, they exercise a highly tuned collaborative approach to filmmaking by maintaining a strong and knowledgeable team of like-minded people across all projects. Through the successes of their previous ventures, Yellow Brick Films continues to produce quality, independent feature films each year.

Click here for more information: http://www.yellowbrickfilms.net"

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After the Lethargy: "A new trailer has been released for alien sci-fi film ‘After The Lethargy’ from writer/director/producer Marc Carrete (Asmodexia, Framed).

Pic tells the story of a young journalist who travels to a war shelter, where one of history's most terrifying alien abduction occurred and discovers she is being hunted by a family of hybrid human aliens.

The film was first presented at SITGES, as part of the Pitchbox program, when it was a proof of concept & Devilworks has boarded Worldwide rights and will present the film to buyers in Berlin at the EFM.

Starring Andrea Guasch (Submergence), Joe Manjón (Framed, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote), Ramon Canals (Asmodexia) and Mark Schardan (Realive). After The Lethargy was produced under Marc Carret’s Spanish production companies After The Lethargy AIE and Creatures of the Dark and is his first feature in English.

The film screened at Terror de Molins, Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre and won Best Scare at the 2018 Horror Movie Awards and Best Sci-Fi at 2018 New York City Horror Film Festival. Marc Carrete and Charles Hamilton executive produced.

Devilworks will be exhibiting at EFM in the Marriott Hotel Office #248 7th - 13th Feb."

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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