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The Tunnel – FREE Blu Ray or DVD

tunnel-posterTo celebrate the creepiest holiday of the year, Deadhouse Films are giving away, for FREE, either a DVD or BluRay of the worldwide phenomenon THE TUNNEL.

All they are asking is that you pay the cost of shipping this Australian flick to you from the Land Down Under.

One-week only, one disc per email address, but feel free to tell as many friends as you like!

The discs from this offer will be shipped together in mid-November once the promotion is over. Click on the link HERE and have your PayPal details handy…

Dead Island – FREE Digital Comic

Escape-Dead-Island_coverEscape Dead Island, the latest in the Dead Island video game series, we will at last learn just how the zombie outbreak began. The game is a third person survival mystery with a striking graphic design. Keeping with that tone, Deep Silver has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to release a three volume digital comic series set in the world of Dead Island.

In the Dead Island Digital Comic: “Death comes to California! Richard and Marco were two ordinary guys, until the zombie apocalypse gave them the chance to become true heroes . . . or at least rip the undead apart! Don’t miss the sidesplitting, gut-ripping digital-exclusive comic that ties directly into the Dead Island game universe!”

Download and preview the first volume of the Dead Island comic for free HERE
Or check out the full volume HERE

Each of the three volumes will run 16 pages long (48 pages in total) and will be available for FREE digitally via Dark Horse Digital. You can also read it on Amazon, on the Kobo Vox, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Nook Color, the Kobo iOS app, and the Nook app for Android.

The Dead Hour – Horror Shorts

The Dead Hour is a new webseries from the creators of the indie horror film Fields of the Dead. In the tradition of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Tales from the Crypt, The Dead Hour is an anthology series that will bring new original webisodes from the horror, fantasy, thriller, slasher and sci-fi genres to the web every other week. Check them out HERE Season 3 has just kicked off.

Lyle – Streaming FREE from 4th August

Director/Writer Stewart Thorndike (Tess and Nana) and Producer Alex Scharfman announced today they have decided to offer their Outfest award-winning horror feature Lyle, starring Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”), to their fans for free starting August 4, 2014. It will be streaming on the film’s website HERE during the duration of the duo’s Kickstarter campaign for their next project Putney, the second of three upcoming female-focused horror films, also launching August 4th.

Lyle debuted to critical praise at the 2014 Outfest Film Festival where Gaby Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress award for her electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil. Stewart Thorndike’s sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby uses dark humor and razor-sharp camera work taking audiences into a growing nightmare as Leah begins to question the motives of her partner, friends and neighbors as a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil brings out a primal terror that’s difficult to shake.

Shaun of the Dead – FREE Illustrated Script

shaun-dead-screenplayTo celebrate the 10th anniversary of Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have released an interactive screenplay that is 100% free for anyone to download and enjoy. The script’s pages are adorned with images from the film and behind-the-scenes stills for extra flair. They’ve also released the screenplays for Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

Check them out HERE

SCP Foundation – FREE Online Survival Game

SCP – Containment Breach is a free survival horror game based on the stories of The SCP Foundation. It’s currently in alpha stage of development. FREE 31mb download available HERE.

FREE Steve Niles Comic – Edge of Doom

Steve Niles stated that he has received a really great response to posting free comics like PIECES FOR MOM and the free CAL MCDONALD prose story, so he spoke with IDW and asked if he could give away a few of my books. He has posted one of his favourites from last year, EDGE OF DOOM which he did with Kelley Jones… a cool little sci-fi story… Click HERE to download for free.

Ray Bradbury – Radio Shows FREE

Ray Bradbury is one of the world’s best fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writers. Probably best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951).

Many of Bradbury’s works have been adapted into television shows or films. Download them free here as Sci-Fi London presents a collection of radio adaptations from various American shows. There are a few that have been recorded more than once and are worth a listen to hear the different production values and cast.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – FREE Soundtrack from Trent Reznor

Check out the Nine Inch Nails website for a FREE six-track, 35 minute sampler of his work for the forthcoming David Fincher reboot of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Trent Reznor:

For the last fourteen months Atticus and I have been hard at work on David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”.  We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music of our careers.  The result is a sprawling three-hour opus that I am happy to announce is available for pre-order right now for as low as $11.99.  The full release will be available in one week – December 9th.

You have two options right now: VIsit iTunes where you can immediately download Karen O’s and our version of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” when you pre-order the soundtrack for $11.99.
You will also be able to exclusively watch the legendary 8-minute trailer you may have heard about (no purchase necessary obviously). We scored this trailer separately from the film, BTW.


Visit our store. We’re offering a variety of purchasing options including multiple format high-quality digital files, CDs and a really nice limited edition deluxe package containing vinyl and a flash drive.
In addition, Right now you can download a six-track, 35 minute sampler with no purchase necessary.

Live the dream and visit both!  Atticus and I are very proud of the film and our work, we hope you enjoy.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens 12/21 in the US.

FREE Steve Niles Comic – Pieces for Mom

FREE Steve Niles comic book, Pieces for Mom, with artwork by Andrew Ritchie.

Click here to download a FREE Bloody Pulp PDF download of PIECES FOR MOM.

It’s one little self-contained story. It’s a TAD violent. Be warned.

War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series ‘Mercury Theatre on Air’. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel of the same name. 

The first two thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated “news bulletins”, which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a “sustaining show” (it ran without commercial breaks), adding to the program’s realism. Although there were sensationalist accounts in the press about a supposed panic in response to the broadcast, the precise extent of listener response has been debated.

In the days following the adaptation, however, there was widespread outrage and panic by certain listeners who believed the events described in the program were real. The program’s news-bulletin format was decried as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast. The episode secured Welles’s fame.

An mp3 version of the broadcast can be downloaded free from the Mercury Theatre on the Air website. Check it out here They also have excellent mp3 versions of Dracula, Rebecca and the 39 Steps for download.

30 Days of Night – Free iTunes App

30 Days of Night, the Steve Niles comic book series is now available as a free iPhone and iPad app at the iTunes store. Click on the link to download now.

The Thing – Graphic Novel

In time for the latest big-screen incarnation of “The Thing,” which hits theaters Oct. 14, Dark Horse Comics is releasing a digital comic set in the same universe — “The Thing: The Northman Nightmare.” The first installment of the 29-page book, written by Steve Niles with artwork by Patrick Reynolds, goes live Wednesday on Dark Horse’s  website.

Niles, best known for his comics ’30 Days of Night’ and ‘Criminal Macabre’ (and more recently for his vampire expertise on the Vampires Vs. Zombies “Deadliest Warrior” finale), has his hands full these days. His latest comic, ‘Criminal Macabre: No Peace for Dead Men’,  just hit shelves. He’s writing “30 Days” again after a nine-year hiatus. And his comic ‘Remains’ is making its small-screen debut as a Chiller network TV movie this fall. But Niles said when he was offered the chance to write “The Thing,” he couldn’t turn it down. Hero Complex writer Noelene Clark caught up with Niles about “The Thing,” John Carpenter and horror in comics.

Check out the first eight pages of “The Thing” comic in the gallery on the Hero Complex website here

Friday the 13th – Jason Body Count Infographic

Exceptional infographic of Jason Voorhees kills from the original ‘Friday the 13th’ through to ‘Jason X’. This image came out in 2009, around the time of the remake, so it doesn’t take the kills from the new movie into account. Plus, the way that film played out, it always seemed like that movie was more of a reboot than a sequel… although it fits easily into the ‘Friday’ canon post ‘Friday 5’ as they are universally awful… fun, but awful.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Free web comic

Check out the ‘prequel’ webcomic to the forthcoming movie ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

WEB COMIC INFO: The RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES free online prelude tells the story of two apes, Alpha and Bright Eyes, living happily in the wild when  poachers destroy their way of life and sell them into captivity. Their terrifying journey will lead them to the Gen-Sys laboratories where mysterious drug experiments bring even greater horrors. But could the newly-tested 112 drug bring the key to the captured apes’ liberation, or will it bring even further tragedy? Find out in this free all-original online prelude to what’s sure to be the sci-fi hit of the summer, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES!

Zombiefication: A Short Film – FREE Download

Everyone likes free stuff… click on the link to download: ‘Zombiefication: A Short Film’ free from iTunes

“Zombiefication” is the ultimate manual when it comes to the proper handling of the living dead. Recommended behavioural patterns in case of imminent Zombie epidemics are explained in comprehensible steps and vividly executed. Bloodthirsty horror fun for the entire family!

This short was reviewed as part of the ‘A Night of Horror Film Festival’ in April. Check out the article here

The Tunnel – Download for FREE

Do you love being the first to see awesome new movies before your friends? The Tunnel, set amidst a maze of abandoned tunnels winding underneath Sydney Australia, is a deliciously creepy thriller and it’s released today for FREE..!

The film was screened at the Marche du Film at the Cannes Film Festival and was the opening night screening at the A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney. Review of that screening posted on this blog on April 2nd 2011

It’s the first film ever released simultaneously on Television, DVD and BitTorrent. It’ll even be shown on the big screen at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Sydney this June for four weeks. Click on the link now and it’s yours today.