DREAD CENTRAL PRESENTS REBRANDS AS DREAD; BEGINS PRE-PRODUCTION ON FEMINIST HORROR “LUCKY”!!
Dread Central Presents starts 2019 under the new moniker, DREAD, and will release its first in-house production, THE GOLEM, as a DREAD ORIGINAL this February.
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 traditional 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.