Welcome to the future.
We already teased this new technology last Halloween, but shit just got even more insane.
NASA Engineer Mark Rober, who was one of many behind the Mars Rover, joined forces with Morphsuits and the Digital Dudz to share the key to Halloween party domination…
Watch the following video below for instruction on how to create the most incredible Halloween costume of 2013. Basically, you purchase a shirt with a sleeve for your mobile device, get the app for either Apple or Android, and then customize the digital effects that display through the holes in each shirt.
You can get a quick glance at the company’s website, or check out your local Party City if you prefer not to buy on online…
This weekend Machete Kills tanked at the box office with only $3.8 million dollars despite boasting a cadre of stars that would have made any business affairs exec blush in their heyday. While Machete isn’t really a horror film – I often see the “no star” angle bandied about whenever a horror movie fails to live up to commercial expectations (however insane those expectations might be). And it’s not uncommon to see horror films filled with A-list talent die on the vine.
The fact is that’s a usually a misinformed argument. Horror, more than any other genre, has the highest immunity against “negative starpower.” For better or worse, horror films usually live or die based on word of mouth and marketing (sadly, these days it’s mostly dependent on marketing for the first weekend – with word of mouth picking up the slack to fill future playdates).
Finding examples for this list was like shooting fish in a barrel, and there’s a silver lining in that. In horror, you don’t necessarily need a star – you just need the best actor for the part (of course, that doesn’t stop lazy hacks from exploiting gene goodwill by filling their films with talentless nobodies – but one step at a time). This is only the tip of the iceberg.THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
Not only were the actors in this film complete unknowns when it hit theaters (many naive moviegoers actually believed Blair Witch was real and that these people actually perished), they remained unknown – despite their best efforts – following the film’s gargantuan cultural impact.
Worldwide Box Office: $248,639,099FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
Domestic Box Office: $39,754,601 (Adjusted for inflation: $120,593,900)HOSTEL
Worldwide Box Office: $80,578,934HALLOWEEN (1978)
This was Jamie Lee Curtis’ very first film. And before you say, “but Donald Pleasance was in it” please take into account that he wasn’t really a box office draw. There are “actors” and there are “movie stars,” and Pleasance was the former. People wanted to see the movie.
Domestic Box Office: $47,000,000 (Adjusted for inflation: $163,897,400)PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Worldwide Box Office: $193,355,800
Dark Ink Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Grande Illusions Books I & II” in one book for the first time ever.
Tom Savini’s classic and perennial books on Special Make-Up Effects has inspired generations of filmmakers, such as Peter Jackson; “We went into Braindead with our imaginations sparked by the “Grande Illusions” book.”
Originally released in the early 80’s and 90’s, the books have become a staple for aspiring make-up artists, filmmakers and movie lovers for generations by showing how to do effects through step-by-step techniques, using examples from Tom’s films.
With both books conveniently put into one, along with a new introduction from Tom, fans and filmmakers can now enjoy the ease of having both classic guides in one ultimate edition. Featuring dozens of pictures, illustrations and examples from classic movies such as Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, Creepshow, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Maniac and many others, readers get to see first hand how Tom created each amazing effect that made him a legend of the craft.
Included in the book are great forwards by none other than, Stephen King, George Romero and Dick Smith.
Grande is now available to mass audiences through traditional distribution for the first time ever, giving these books an extended life that will no doubt inspire another generation.
Conan O’Brien is vocal about how uneducated he is when it comes to the world of video games, but the people of the Internet genuinely don’t seem to mind. This is because it’s incredibly funny to watch him play games like Resident Evil 6 and Tomb Raider. The next episode in his ‘Clueless Gamer’ series will be Halloween themed, so Team Coco and friends have turned to the Internet to help them decide which game he should play next.
The options are Amnesia, Silent Hill, Dead Space, Resident Evil and Slender (I’m guessing they mean The Arrival). I voted for Silent Hill, because by now I feel I’ve watched everyone and their grandma play Slender and Amnesia. Let them know which game you’d like to see Conan play here!
Its’ a great time of year if you are looking to fill your walls with some sweet horror art. Here’s the lowdown on several awesome shows and pieces you can pick up this month.Eelus’s Horror Show
For the first solo show in his new home town of Brighton, Eelus has decided to step away from the child friendly, rainbow like images he’s had so much success with over the last couple of years and return to his darker roots. ‘Horrorshow’ will feature a brand new body of work made from hand-cut paper that focuses entirely on his number one love of horror imagery from the silver-screen, pulp comics and classic literature. The show is also timed perfectly for Halloween and so horror fancy dress is encouraged and there may be a little gruesome gift for all those who make the effort! Opens Friday, October 18th.
More info here.
The show is “Crazy 4 Cult presents…Say Hi To The Bad Guy” and is a slight extension of their annual Crazy 4 Cult show. For this show, the artists have been told they can only depict the villains or the bad guys from cult films (and some TV shows) and that’s it. A nice spin on what everyone has become used to. Opens Friday, Oct 18th at 7PM in LA. Prints below by Joshua Budich, 100% Soft and Danielle Murray Rizzolo.
More info here.
The screenprint commemorates the 25th anniversary of Kevin Tenney’s Night of the Demons, which was released on October 14, 1988. Designed by Matthew Skiff and limited to only 50 pieces, the poster measures 18×24 and features a hidden glow-in-the-dark layer. Each one is printed on 100lb French Poptone Grapesicle stock by Danny “ohdanielsan” Askar. They cost $40. Strange Kids Club teamed up with artist Matthew Skiff for the design, which depicts the entire horrifying cast of the cult classic. “I could go on forever as to why I love Night of the Demons so much,” explains Skiff, “But it boils down to it having the perfect balance of scary and goofy, and it’s the perfect Halloween movie. I wanted to capture as many characters as I could that made the movie so perfect, as well as the notorious ‘lipstick scene’ that you just have to see to believe.”
Buy one here!
Full Disclosure: I own and operate Poster Collective, but we also got in the horror art game this month with so I wanted to share.
“FRIGHT NIGHT is the benchmark film for 1980′s horror,” states Gary, “It’s a fan favourite and for good reason – the film is a trick or treat bag brimming with ghoulish fun. It’s sharply written, rife with atmosphere and pitch black humour. It’s a spookshow through and through and provides some of the best examples of practical FX work ever created.For this newly inspired print, we wanted to try and capture some of those elements but also bring in something unexpected. We, the viewer, are the vampire next door, peering into Charley Brewster’s bedroom window. We are the threat, but he’s ready. He’s been watching FRIGHT NIGHT!I also had a bit of fun hiding a few little details from the film, but we’re hoping you will invite this print into your home to find them all.”
A regular teal version and a super limited double metallic version are on sale here.
We told you earlier that Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes (The Conjuring) had penned an earthquake disaster movie called San Andreas: 3D, and today the project has found itself a star who's as lethal as the fault line itself.
According to Variety, after helping revive several franchises, Dwayne Johnson is ready to jumpstart a fresh property as he is set to star in New Line’s 3D disaster flick!
The project has been in development since 2011 with New Line-based Beau Flynn producing through his FlynnPictureCo. banner with Tripp Vinson. Brad Peyton is attached to direct.
The story takes place when a massive quake strikes California and centers on one man who must make the treacherous journey across the state to rescue his estranged daughter. Carlton Cuse and Allan Loeb previously wrote San Andreas scripts after the team of Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio sold the pitch and wrote the first two drafts.
The incredibly freaky indie horror game Slender: The Arrival, a “reimagining” of Mark Hadley’s surprise hit Slender: The Eight Pages, is coming to Steam just in time for Halloween, the developer announced today.
No word yet on the pricing or exact release date — it may arrive before Halloween — but it will bring with it brand new content. According to the newsletter which teased the mysterious bonus content with a cryptic “More importantly, there’s new content.” message. My guess is new levels, since the base game is actually pretty short, but we won’t know for sure until Slender Man comes to make Steam roughly 50 more dapper. That guy knows how to dress.
Skyline co-writer Joshua Cordes will be making his directorial debut on a film which he also wrote called Chimera for Red Sea Media. Read on for some early artwork and details.
According to IMDB, Erik Fellows, T.J. Hoban, Alec Gillis, Michael Petrone, Garrison Koch, Phet Mahathongdy, Jackie Martin and Lauren Marin star in the flick, which is being produced by Skyline directors Greg and Colin Strause with co-writer Liam O'Donnell.
Three attractive sisters in their 20's endure a series of traumatizing dreams that are strangely connected. After conventional medicine fails, they engage in an experimental therapy that promises a cure.
The incredible Australian zombie short “Perished” was finally posted online after premiering this past March at the SXSW Film Festival.
Written, directed and produced by Stefan A. Radanovich and Aaron McCann, “Amidst a zombie outbreak a broken man on the run seeks refuge in a shed and accidentally locks himself inside. Isolated, alone and low on supplies, he is quickly stripped of all his humanity as he struggles to survive. As the days go by the deteriorated man must rebuild his inner strength to escape and finally confront his ultimate fear.”
If you still haven’t played Telltale’s amazing episodic series based on The Walking Dead, the ESRB recently published a rating — an M for Mature, in case you were curious — for The Walking Dead: Game of the Year Edition, all but confirming an ultimate version, possibly bundled with the bridge DLC 400 Days, is incoming.
In related news, Telltale recently took to the game’s Facebook page to tease an announcement related to season two, which we already know is on the way. According to the post, the news will arrive later this month and “there won’t be long to wait after that for the season premiere!” An early Halloween treat, perhaps?
More casting news is coming in quickly for the latest feature from Blumhouse, The Boy Next Door, as John Corbett has signed on to play Jennifer Lopez's ex-husband in the tale of romance gone really friggin' awry!
Kristin Chenoweth also stars. Rob Cohen will direct the micro-budget movie, which will be distributed by Universal. Blumhouse is making the movie with Smart Entertainment and Nuyorican Productions.
Lopez will play a newly separated mother who finds herself attracted to the teenage boy who moves in next door and befriends her son. When she starts and then abruptly ends their illicit romance, he’s not ready to let her go -- in a very Fatal Attraction kind of way. Chenoweth will play Lopez's best friend.
Look for more soon!
The Film: Tobe Hooper’s career has been head-scratching to say the least. His filmography contains everything from masterworks (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1& 2, Poltergeist) to the most half-hearted of efforts (Mortuary and Night Terrors). I often fail to grasp something resembling his signature style since every film is radically different in approach to the other. I have to admit, this has endeared me to Hooper all the more. If there is a movie that best embodies his highly erratic body of work, it has to be his most audacious; the sci-fi madhouse known as Lifeforce.
A space shuttle crew discover a mysterious spacecraft within Halley’s Comet. The astronauts find up three humanoids in suspended animation and decide to bring them back to earth for further study. They end up being space vampires who feed off of our lifeforce and cause a zombie-like plague. Lifeforce is Cannon Films and Hooper at their biggest and boldest. No expense was spared in what essentially is a B movie with an A budget. The craftsmanship on display including the visual effects supervised by the legendary John Dykstra (Star Wars) is of the highest level. You can’t keep your eyes off of the film…and for that matter, it’s lead antagonist played by the almost always nude and aesthetically perfect Mathilda May. She is the perfect embodiment of men’s desires. May somehow never sexualizes or sleazes up the role. Coming from a dance background, she gives the character an elegant, otherworldly presence. May perfectly conveys the antagonist’s dominance with stunning command. She was born to play this role. The cast is round out by a top notch British-lead ensemble which includes the likes of Peter Firth, Frank Finlay and Patrick Stewart. The sole American presence is The Stunt Man’s Steve Railsback whose performance is perfectly in sync with Hooper’s deranged, unpredictable tale.
It’s all rather silly and doesn’t make much in the way of sense. That may turn off some viewers…not for me. I adore every crazy direction the filmmakers unflinchingly head towards. I’m still in awe how the film goes from Alien-like territory only to end up concluding in what has to be the most ultimate batshit crazy zombie apocalypse to ever smash onto the big screen. I can’t think of many big budget productions that take as many risks as Lifeforce does. It’s uneven for sure yet I wouldn’t want it any other way. Lifeforce is all the more charming and irresistible for it.
Video/Audio: You will be pleased to know that UK’s Arrow Video delivers the definitive MPEG-4 AVC video of the International Versions. I didn’t realize the dirty state of the U.S.’s Shout Factory transfer (which I very much enjoyed) until marveling upon the pristine quality of this UK Blu-ray. They are both very close in appearance but it looks like Arrow took it one step further and made sure their transfer was as clean as possible. Like in the Shout Factory release, we get two audio options; DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0. I didn’t notice much in the way of difference.
On Shout Factory’s Blu-ray, the Theatrical Version is regulated to the special features section on the same disc. Its MPEG-2 transfer was better than expected but still offered lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Arrow rectifies this by putting the Theatrical release on its own separate Blu-ray. It features a first-rate MPEG-4 AVC presentation that matches the one seen in the International Version. Again, we are given two audio options DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0. They’re both stellar and big improvement over Scream Factory’s.
Supplements: Like in the U.S. release, you get the option of seeing either the above mentioned International or Theatrical Versions. The Theatrical cut was what I grew up on so I enjoy it for nostalgic reasons. Plot and logic (okay, not much logic) has been abandoned for the sake of an exciting breakneck pace. There is zero breathing room here. A great deal of Mancini’s score has been replaced with new cues by Composer Michael Kamen. It does give this version a feel of its own. While the Theatrical is a fun watch, there’s no question; the 15-minute longer International Version (insert incorrectly states 106 minutes when in fact it runs for 116) is king. Lifeforce is allowed to unravel at its natural pace. Story is much clearer this time around without sacrificing pace. The gorgeous space segments, not to mention Mancini’s immense score are restored to its full glory. It’s still not without its flaws but Hooper’s wild vision is better served with the International Cut.
Everything from the Scream Factory release minus the “Vintage Making of Lifeforce Featurette” and the’ Still Gallery” has been carried over. The theatrical trailers are in much finer shape in this UK Blu-ray. On top of the two pre-existing commentaries, Arrow takes it up another notch by adding one more track featuring Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Douglas Smith, moderated by filmmaker and scholar Howard S. Berger. Like Nick Maley’s, they not only discuss the creation of the film’s cool visual effects but as well as the present state of the visual effects field. The centerpiece extra is the exclusive 70-minute doc “Cannon Fodder: The Making of Lifeforce” that gives an incredibly-detailed look of the film’s challenging production featuring interviews with a slew of members from the cast and crew. These fresh perspectives offer even more insight for fans. This is hands down my favorite supplement.
Lifeforce is available in standard and Limited Edition SteelBook editions. Both feature different artwork. The SteelBook has the U.S. theatrical poster design and the rear has the UK artwork. The standard edition features a gorgeous, newly-commissioned piece of art by the very talented Gary Pullin. Arrow’s trademark reversible sleeves also contain another UK poster design (which Scream Factory thankfully does as well). As with all Arrow titles, you get a cool Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by science fiction expert, Bill Warren and a new interview with Dykstra by Calum Waddell. He doesn’t show up in any of the other features so it’s great to read his thoughts on the making of Lifeforce. It also contains handsome archival stills and posters.
Conclusion: Arrow has once again proven why they’re the finest home video company around especially for genre titles. In a time where folks are unfortunately downloading more and more, it’s great to see someone hasn’t given up the good fight. Special editions like the ones Arrow consistently spits out, give collectors and fans all the more reason to pick up physical copies. The care given to not only the transfers and special features but as well as the packaging is simply a wonder to behold. As in the case of Lifeforce, this 2-disc Blu-ray set is hands down, the definitive, last word on Hooper’s bonkers yet totally compelling slice of sci-fi epicness. To date, there is nothing quite like it and I’m consistently taken aback by the film’s go-for-broke spirit. I can’t recommend the film and its Blu-ray any higher. One of the finest home video titles of the year.
Note: This is a region 2-locked disc so you’ll need a region-free Blu-ray player to watch it. As I’ve mentioned before, they’re generally very affordable and well-worth the investment. Arrow’s catalogue to date is jam-packed with must-own titles.
Dwayne Johnson is trembling to star in New Line’s 3D disaster pic San Andreas, Variety writes.
Brad Peyton is attached to direct with The Conjuring scribes Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes writing the most recent draft that went to the greenlight committee. A previous draft was written by Carlton Cuse.
“The story takes place when a massive quake strikes California and centers on one man who must make the treacherous journey across the state to rescue his estranged daughter.”
The “San Andreas” project has been in development since 2011 with New Line-based Beau Flynn producing through his FlynnPictureCo. banner with Tripp Vinson.
Johnson is currently Fast & Furious 7 in Atlanta. The plan is to move into production on San Andreas in the first quarter of 2014.
“Sex and the City” vet John Corbett, pictured, has been cast in Blumhouse and Universal‘s The Boy Next Door, about a recently divorced MILF (Jennifer Lopez) whose affair with the teenage neighbor kid goes very wrong, reports Deadline.
Corbett will play Lopez’s ex-husband in the pic, which The Fast and the Furious helmer Rob Cohen is in negotiations to direct.
Kristin Chenoweth is also onboard playing Lopez’s best friend.
The micro-budgeted drama/thriller is scripted by Barbara Curry and will shoot this fall in LA.
Mane and Mane Entertainment today announced that horror flick Penance Lane will be the production company’s second original feature film project.
Horror veteran and fan-favorite B.J. McDonnell (Hatchet III) will direct the script written by Munier Sharrieff (Battle of the Planets). Mane (Halloween, X-Men, Troy), Renae Geerlings (Halloween II, Compound Fracture) and Justin Beahm will produce.
“Penance Lane is an action-packed horror film that tells the harrowing story of Crimson Matthews, a hardened criminal fresh out of the joint who takes a job as a handyman in a dilapidated house; but the twisted horrors he finds inside are enough to send anyone running. So why does he stay? And what is it about the house on Penance Lane that lures so many in? Set in a former factory town in decline, the film explores both second chances and what people will resort to when they are truly desperate.”
Casting for the film is currently underway. Filming is set to begin in the first quarter of 2014.
In “Halloween Hugs,” a coffin that was rented for a Halloween party winds up containing a terrifying/adorable secret in the 15th annual Halloween Short film from filmmaker Adam Green & ArieScope Pictures (Hatchet, Hatchet II, Frozen, “Jack Chop,” “Holliston”).
Give your family, friends, and co-workers a “Halloween Hug” and share this with them!
Watch more short films, feature films, and TV shows from ArieScope Pictures and buy merchandise from your favorite ArieScope film/TV show at the official website.
While we still wait for Mane Entertainment's first flick, Compound Fracture, to get a wide release, news of the production company's second film has already come across our desk. Dig in for details!
From the Press Release
Mane and Mane Entertainment today announced that horror flick PENANCE LANE will be the production company’s second original feature film project. Filming is set to begin in the first quarter of 2014.
Horror veteran B.J. McDonnell (HATCHET III) will direct the script written by Munier Sharrieff (BATTLE CHASERS, BATTLE OF THE PLANETS). Mane (HALLOWEEN, XMEN, TROY), Renae Geerlings (HALLOWEEN II, COMPOUND FRACTURE) and Justin Beahm (Fangoria) will produce. Casting for the film is currently under way.
PENANCE LANE is an action-packed horror film that tells the harrowing story of Crimson Matthews, a hardened criminal fresh out of the joint who takes a job as a handyman in a dilapidated house; but the twisted horrors he finds inside are enough to send anyone running. So why does he stay? And what is it about the house on Penance Lane that lures so many in? Set in a former factory town in decline, the film explores both second chances and what people will resort to when they are truly desperate.
“We’ve had this incredible script for a while, but we were waiting for just the right moment and combination of talent to bring it from script to screen,” says Mane. “I’m ecstatic that the stars have finally aligned for me to bring together some of my favorite people in the horror industry to make this film. When B.J. signed on, I knew the time was right.”
B.J. McDonnell, who previously worked with Mane on HALLOWEEN and THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, says, “I was excited to get the call to direct Tyler’s next feature. The team we're putting together is top-notch and the vision is dark and gritty. PENANCE LANE is going to be a wild ride!”
Justin Beahm says, “Mane Entertainment unites cutting edge contemporary filmmaking with old school storytelling. PENANCE LANE blends the brutality fans love from Tyler with the great story of a man's resurrection and struggle with a bizarre breed of evil. I am proud to be part of this project, and I can't wait for audiences to see what we have in store for them on PENANCE LANE!”
Mane Entertainment’s first award-winning film, COMPOUND FRACTURE, was produced in 2012 and has just come off a limited theatrical grindhouse-style release in the U.S. to glowing reception by horror aficionados and fans alike. Mane and co-producer Geerlings personally attended every event to meet and greet ticketholders, do prize giveaways and run a Q&A after every show. A domestic distribution deal is pending.
Now twenty years after it first came onto the scene, "The X-Files" TV series has spawned two feature films: one in 1998 and the other in 2008. Will we ever see Mulder and Scully return for a third film? If they have their wish!
As reported by The Wrap, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were on hand for a 20th anniversary panel discussion about the show over the weekend, both of whom expressed interest in searching for truth on the big screen one more time. "All the principals are on board," said Duchovny. "Gillian and I want to do it, so it’s really up to Twentieth Century Fox at this point."
What's the holdup? Fox just doesn't seem to be all that interested in making another "X-Files" movie right now, though Anderson did comment that the fans may have the ability to help change that. “If it takes fan encouragement to get Fox interested," she said, "then I guess that’s what it would be."
So if you're a mega-fan of the show and you want to see a third film, let your voice be heard and demand that Fox bring Mulder and Scully back!
After reporting on a flight where everyone on board lost their memories, Meru suddenly became the prime target of a secret organization known only as Mind Management. With her life turned upside down, Meru was on the run from highly trained operatives sent to kill her. Now she flees with a former spy named Lyme, who knows more than what he is really telling. Meru’s life is just about to get even more complicated in “Mind MGMT Volume 2: The Futurist,” from Dark Horse Comics.
During the New York Comic Con, I spoke with writer/artist Matt Kindt about how the concept came about, the watercolor look of the series, and the complicated relationship between Meru and Lyme.
Bloody-Disgusting: Tell me how “Mind MGMT” came about.
Matt Kindt: I had the title first. I came up with the idea for the title. And then, I started thinking about different courses you could take in Mind Management. I thought it’d be funny if there was a school and you could take a class in Mind Management. I sort of branched out from there. I just started getting ideas for characters and different things. I did a bunch of research on what the government actually did with different mind stuff and the crazy stuff they did in real life. I used that as a springboard to tell a crazy story.
BD: The relationship between Meru and Lyme has changed between “The Manager” and “The Futurist.” At times, Lyme is protecting Meru as if she were his kin. Tell me about the bond between Meru and Lyme.
MK: I think that’s probably the heart of the series; their relationship and how it changes. I felt like the first story arc was definitely a father/daughter relationship. And then once the story progresses, without spoiling it, she finds things out. It sort of matures from there. It sort of breaks and I think it’s going to repair itself a little bit, but it’ll be different. In a way I feel like Meru is growing up and he is definitely like this weird father figure. After that, I don’t want to say anything without spoiling it. There’s definitely a father/daughter sort of thing going on.
BD: Tell me about the use of watercolors for the look of the story and its themes.
MK: I’ve been using them forever. I started doing books back in 2001. They were dissolved in black and white. And then I did “Super Spy,” that was the first color book I did. And even then, it was limited color, like one or two colors. That was the first time I used watercolor for a comic book page. And I really liked it. Ever since then, I’ve just been doing everything in watercolor. I’ve been lucky to have publishers that want everything to be done in watercolors.
BD: Is it a challenge to switch heads as a writer and artist?
MK: Honestly, they’re connected. You can’t split those apart. Even the stuff I do, like the write-for-hire stuff for other artists, I thumbnail out everything and work off the script from that. Comics is a visual medium. I don’t think you can split the writing from the start. I go back and forth. I think in comics. I don’t think in words or pictures.
BD: With “Mind MGMT” expected to run for 36 issues, is it a challenge to complete the story or do you worry you might need more installments?
MK: I started with an outline for the whole thing, where everything is going, where the characters go, and what happens. I feel like I left a little room for myself to play. Like if I come up with an idea, I can add something, tweak something, or move something around. Honestly when I started, I don’t want do something this big without knowing how it’s going to end or where I’m going. So this point, it’s kinda nice. I’m not worried at all. I’m slowly taking steps toward it.
BD: What other projects are you working on now?
MK: I’m doing a bunch of work-for-hire. I just started a series, “Unity,” for Valiant, which comes out in November. It’s a big team superhero book, which is going to be fun. As far as creator-owned stuff, I’m plugging away on “Mind MGMT.” I don’t really have time to draw more than one book a month. So I’m doing that. But I do have a couple of other projects for Dark Horse that are going to be coming up that are creator-owned. One I’m going to be writing only. One I’m going to be writing and drawing. I’ll start when “Mind MGMT” is done but it’s going to be a little bit before I get to it.
“Mind MMGT Volume 2: The Futurist” is out in stores now!
Interview by – Jorge Solis
The psychotic Jacob Goodnight rises from the dead once again, this time continuing his killing spree in a city morgue in “See No Evil 2.” A darker version of the mischievous Irish fairy has been rebooted in “Leprechaun: Origins.”
At New York Comic Con, Bloody-Disgusting participated in a roundtable interview with directors Jen/Sylvia Soska (American Mary) and wrestling superstar Kane (Glenn Jacobs) for “See No Evil 2″ and director Zach Lipovsky (Tasmanian Devils) and wresting superstar Hornswoggle(Dylan Postl) for “Leprechaun: Origins.” Our man on the scene, Jorge Solis, was able to ask the filmmakers and stars what audiences should expect with the horror sequels from WWE Studios.
Bloody-Disgusting: Renny Harlin used 2 cameras while filming John Cena in “12 Rounds.” John Carpenter rewrote the background of John Nada to match Roddy Piper’s in “They Live.” Tell me how you worked around Kane’s persona for the film.
Sylvia Soska: We did not use Kane’s persona whatsoever. Kane is totally different as is Glenn as is Jacob Goodnight. The thing I think that a lot of people forget about Glenn because he’s so good as Kane, he is extremely smart and extremely articulate. It’s like working with a theatrically trained actor. Usually, like in “American Mary,” with Katie [Isabelle], I would talk to her everyday constantly and constantly. To Glenn, I’d be like, “I need this, ” and give him a bunch of complicated things. I’d be like, “Oh I hope he does it.” He’d do it one.” Cool! Next I guess is my direction.
Jen Soska: The assumption is that he’s just a really good physical performer but emotionally, he’s an incredible performer as well. We noticed that in the first “See No Evil” as well. I think there is a lot missed opportunities in the first film to have him really expand that and he really does get to perform in this one.
SS: Yeah and he’ strong! [laughs] A good example, we had three crew guys bringing in this giant steel gurney and it tipped over, and we’re like, “Ohhh!” We called them in. Glenn’s like “Oh you need that?” He lifted it up with one hand, “Here you go.” He could kill us all if he wanted to.
JS: If he snapped, that would be it for us.
SS: Dead! Jen, save yourself!
JS: He also did 100% percent of his own stunts. And you’ll see some stuff. There’s no wires. That’s all Glenn.
SS: If people go flying it’s because Glenn [whoosh] shock footed them.
JS: He can throw a human being far.
SS: And threw a wall in some cases. I mean, maybe through a wall.
JS: No comment. Spoiler alert.
BD: Because you’re in front of a live audience, you have to hit it in one take. Tell me about hitting your mark in multiple takes.
Kane: It’s hard. Yeah, it’s hard. We’re in front of a live audience, not only is it one take, but we’re also able to feed off the energy of the audience, which you don’t get on a movie set. And we’ve very interactive with the audience as well. There’s also instant gratification because if we do something good, our live audience reacts. If we think something’s going to be good and they don’t react, you’re like, “Oh man! That was not too good!” So, it is harder. And yeah the fact, you have to generate the same emotion or we meant to do this, but slightly different or do that, that does make it difficult. I guess that’s the art of acting. That’s why after doing it a couple of times, I have a lot of respect of actors who are able to do it.
BD: Hornswoggle is known for his comedic bits with fellow WWE superstars, Santino Marella and Triple H. Tell me how you used his wrestling background for this darker version of Leprechaun?
Zach Lipovsky: Sure. The film is much grittier, darker, and terrifying than the past films. He’s not necessarily a comedic role, which a lot to a certain degree is what he’s done in the wrestling world. He’s really good at communicating silently through his visual acting and all that kind of stuff. And that’s really where we drew in a lot of his ability. He’s much more kind of a creature and kind of disgusting monster in this. A lot of that physicality that he’s used to came forward here for sure.
BD: Tell me about being in the make-up chair.
Hornswoggle: Oh man! That was the only hard part of that. That was more physical than anything I’ve done in the ring. Just strenuous. Two hours a day. Twice a day. To get in and then an hour to get out every day. That was a good day. But it’s all worth it. I’d sit for another two hours. After how it looked, and the character, and how it turned out, it was well worth it.
Interview by – Jorge Solis