On June 28th Doppelganger Releasing will launch the Australian horror-comedy 100 Bloody Acres (review) into limited theaters and onto various VOD platforms, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, we have a handful of new stills for you. Dig it!
Written and directed by Colin and Cameron Cairnes, the film stars Damon Herrriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian, and Wolf Creek's John Jarratt.
In 100 Bloody Acres, brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret “recipe” for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. Months have passed since their last find, and an important new customer is now waiting on a delivery. When junior partner Reg (Damon Herriman, "Justified") stumbles upon three travelers stranded on a remote country road, he cooks up a radical solution to their problem and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother (Angus Sampson). But when Reg starts to fall for Sophie, one of the intended victims, things get complicated…
The official home video release details have arrived for the new flick from the makers of Zombie Strippers, entitled Alyce Kills, and we have all the info you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Chaos unleashes when ALYCE KILLS comes to DVD August 20 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, Bloody Disgusting Selects and The Collective. The nightmarish wonderland of sex, drugs and violence is directed by Jay Lee (Zombie Strippers) and features a killer cast, including Tamara Feldman (Hatchet, "Gossip Girl"), James Duval (Donnie Darko, Doom Generation), Eddie Rouse (Pandorum, Undertow), Larry Cedar (The Crazies), Yorgo Constantine (Fast Five), Megan Gallagher ("Millennium"), Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors), Tracey Walter (Repo Man, Batman), Bret Roberts (May, Nightstalker) and Jade Dornfeld in her film debut as the titular character Alyce.
Panicked by the horror of accidentally pushing her best friend off the edge of a building, Alyce (Dornfeld) becomes entangled in a web of lies with the police about her involvement. When she finds out her friend miraculously survived, Alyce’s life begins to unravel with guilt as she loses sleep, her job and eventually her sanity. Alyce finally decides to take back control of the situation but realizes there is only one way to hide her secret. Watch Alyce’s mind tear itself apart, along with anyone who gets in her way, when ALYCE KILLS arrives on DVD August 20 for the suggested retail price of $14.93. Featuring behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews and the official trailer, the film will also be available for digital download.
Life takes a downward spiral for Alyce after a night of partying goes terribly wrong and she accidentally pushes her best friend off of a building. Panicked, Alyce lies to the police about her involvement. When she later learns that her friend miraculously survived, she begins to unravel, losing sleep, her job and eventually her sanity. When she eventually decides to take control, she unleashes enough chaos to satisfy any gorehound.
A second set of new stills and new artwork has come our way for The Fourth Kind director Olatunde Osunsanmi's latest film, entitled Evidence, and we have 'em for ya here! Read on for full release details and more!
Look for the flick on premium VOD on June 21 and in theaters on July 19 in Los Angeles, New York, and major US markets, followed by an unrated DVD and Blu-ray release on August 20th.
From the Press Release
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has officially slated EVIDENCE from director Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind). The film stars Stephen Moyer (HBO’s “True Blood,” Strange Love), Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, Man on Fire), Torrey Devitto (The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”), Caitlin Stasey (I, Frankenstein), and Dale Dickey (HBO’s “True Blood”) and was written by John Swetnam. EVIDENCE will debut on premium VOD on June 21, 2013, and in theaters on July 19, 2013, in Los Angeles, New York, and other major US markets. The announcement was made today by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer, Bill Bromiley.
“Radha Mitchell and Stephen Moyer elevate the film and lead audiences on a suspenseful journey,“ said Bromiley. “Whether they watch EVIDENCE in the comfort of their own home or on the big screen, audiences are left at the edge of their seats.”
EVIDENCE tells the story of a team of detectives (Moyer, Mitchell) trying to piece together what happened at the site of a brutal massacre using a number of recording devices found at the crime scene. The footage reveals a group of bus passengers who were forced to fight for their lives after they crash in the middle of the desert and a mysterious killer violently murders them one by one.
EVIDENCE was produced by Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and David Lancaster, Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Nik Mavinkurve, Anthony Rhulen, and Jeffrey Stott and executive produced by Gary Michael Walters of Bold Films and Jake Wagner. The music was composed by Atli Örvarsson, known for his work on Babylon A.D., Iron Man, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
For decades now Godzilla has been a marketing juggernaut. One quick search on eBay reveals thousands of items fitted with Big G's fiery presence. With a new film coming up, you can expect an exponential increase of products...
...including other creatures that are coming up for the new flick! Check out the press release below, which pretty much confirms that Godzilla is not alone.
From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has signed a slate of renowned global licensees, led by master toy partner Bandai America Incorporated, to capture the adventurous thrills of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated film Godzilla. Returning the character to its epic roots, Godzilla stomps into theaters on May 16, 2014, with a star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.
Featuring spectacular creatures, thrilling action, epic battles, and a legendary monster, Godzilla provides the backbone for a monstrous merchandise offering for fans of all ages and enables compelling cross-category opportunities across mass and specialty retailers.
“We believe that our new theatrical film brings a bold new take on Godzilla that will energize and mobilize fans on a worldwide basis and like never before,” said Joel Chiodi, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Marketing, Legendary Entertainment. “This licensing program is an augmentation of the filmed entertainment experience, and while it will rally the powerful base, Godzilla the movie will introduce a whole new generation of fans to this franchise.”
“With an impressive and long-standing legacy that is known universally across all formats and multiple generations, Godzilla is one of the most iconic monsters to ever hit the silver screen,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “As the ‘King of Monsters’ prepares to take the world by storm, we are working with our licensing partners on behalf of Legendary to create products that bring to life the spirit of epic adventures and imagination captured by this much-anticipated film.”
Bringing the monster tale to life, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with Legendary Pictures, has developed a roaring roster of licensees ready to create product in a variety of categories including toys and figures, apparel and accessories, costumes, publishing, and more. Global master toy partner Bandai will release action figures and play sets inspired by the spectacular adventure film.
Additional licensees developing product to support the larger-than-life tentpole film include NECA with gifts and novelties; Jakks Pacific with large scale figures; Bioworld with on-trend apparel; and Sideshow Collectibles with authentic statues. Trevco will also release a line of t-shirts and apparel, while Rubie’s will design Godzilla costumes that are sure to delight children and adult fans. Products inspired by the film will be available at retailers worldwide, with several products also available at WBShop.com.
What's this? Another story featuring a movie starring Bill Oberst, Jr., already? The man, who's quickly establishing himself as one of the horror genre's elite players, works quickly; and we're happy everyone's taking notice.
Next on the block for Bill is Matt Hacker's new film Blackout, which is slated for release July 5th on Cable-on-Demand as well as numerous VOD platforms including: Time Warner on Demand, Direct TV, Comcast, Dish Network, AT&T, PS3, Xbox 360, Netflix, Redbox Instant, iTunes, VUDU, CinemaNow, Google Play, and Amazon Video On Demand.
Timothy Woodward, Jr., also stars in this second film to be released as part of the multi-picture distribution deal between Gravitas Ventures and Sky Studios International.
The film follows a young attorney, Harley Roberts (Woodward), and mystifying apartment supervisor Rommel Stanton (Oberst) when the bodies of several young women who were both distant and very close mysteriously appear in Roberts’ apartment. Roberts soon asks his friend Alfred Lewis (Robert Covington) to help him regain his sanity and prove his innocence by helping him get rid of the bodies, but to his dismay it potentially digs a deeper hole straight to his cell.
A few years back we posted some clips and info about a somewhat mysterious project from Jennifer Elster that included a segment called "...In the Woods," and now finally things are coming together under the banner of The Being Experience, and we have a new trailer to share.
The Being Experience is a collection of films that explores the unfamiliar and urges you to dig deep within yourself. It begins with "...In the Woods," Part 1 of a multi-part film series featuring Terrence Howard, Rufus Wainwright, Dave Matthews, Famke Janssen, Gale Harold, Aubrey deGrey, Rosie Perez, Jorgen Leth, Will Shortz, Paz de la Huerta, Liya Kebede, Moby, Aimee Mullins, Kent Cullers, Debra Winger, Marlo Thomas, Alan Cumming, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Bob Mankoff, Karen Black, and Temple Grandin, Ph.D., with wild vocalizations by Yoko Ono.
A daring walk into the unknown, the series delves deep inside its subjects and ends up in uncharted terrain.
Get ready for an unusual ride.
The first installment of "...In the Woods" will premiere on June 25th on TheBeingExperience.com. Coming in the future are the feature films ...Into the Cave, In My Mirror, The Mill, Concrete Underground, and But We Are Home. It's quite an ambitious slate, and we'll be keeping our eyes on things to see how they progress so look for more soon. In the meantime "like" The Being Experience on Facebook, and follow Jennifer Elster on Facebook (@jenniferelster).
Monster-Mania 25 Is Headed to New Jersey with Carrie Fisher, George Romero, Being Human Cast, and More!
Garden State, you may find yourself deflowered after the madness of Monster-Mania Con 25 hits this summer. The powerhouse convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ, August 16-18, and the joint may never be the same.
With a lineup of guests that includes the iconic George A. Romero, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Lloyd, and Malcolm McDowell (just to name a few), Monster-Mania Con 25 is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Want to see some new faces? How about the three main cast members of Syfy's "Being Human" - Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, and Meaghan Rath - as well as Jessica Clark, "Lilith" from "True Blood"; Claire Coffee, "Adalind" from "Grimm"; and Chandler Riggs, "Carl" from "The Walking Dead"?
More guests and events are being added all the time, so be sure to click the links below to keep updated.
Jeffrey Wilson knows a thing or two about warfare, having served two tours in Iraq as a trauma and combat surgeon, so we were definitely intrigued when we heard about his war novel/supernatural thriller mash-up Fade to Black. Here are a few more details about the new book published by JournalStone.
A young man is caught between two terrifying worlds. In one, he is Marine Sergeant Casey Stillman. Locked in combat in the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, he is lying next to his dead and dying friends, bleeding in the street—until he wakes up at home, in bed with his wife. In this other world, he is Jack Keller, a high school science teacher, husband, and devoted father to his little girl. But the nightmares of war continue to haunt him—and they’re vivid, they’re horrifying, and they’re way too real.
When news of killed Marines in Fallujah surfaces, Jack realizes he knows far more about these men than he should. Could it be coincidence or something else? When the dead Marines begin visiting him while he is awake, Jack realizes that he is in serious trouble. Faced with the possibility of losing his mind—or worse still, that these nightmares aren’t nightmares at all, but are real—Jack knows he must somehow find a way to bridge the two realities and fight his way back to save his wife and his little girl.
From its unforgettable opening to its final, chilling conclusion, Fade to Black is an extraordinary thriller that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.
MTV promises that "Death Is Coming" in tonight's Episode 3.03 of "Teen Wolf," entitled "Fireflies," and we have a sneak peek of the ep right here.
The series stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, Crystal Reed as Allison Argent, Dylan O'Brien as Stiles, Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale, and Holland Roden as Lydia Martin. Season 3 features several new faces in Beacon Hills, including: Ethan and Aiden, twin Alpha werewolves played by Charlie and Max Carver; Gideon Emery as Deucalion, leader of the Alpha werewolves; Kali, an Alpha werewolf played by Felisha Terrell; Brian Patrick Wade as Ennis, an Alpha werewolf who is a force of pure brutality; and Cora, a tough 17-year-old who has ties to the Beacon Hills werewolf line, played by Adelaide Kane.
"Teen Wolf" Episode 3.03 - "Fireflies" (airs 6/17/13):
Boyd (Sinqua Walls) and Cora (who we learned last week is Derek's sister) are under the influence of the full moon; Scott and Derek seek help from an unlikely ally.
Out now in limited release and on VOD is writer/director Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, a haunting exploration of isolation and loneliness set against the backdrop of a Giallo movie, which stars veteran actor Toby Jones (Captain America).
Dread Central recently chatted with Strickland exclusively about what inspired Berberian Sound Studio, how creating a story about sound design challenged him as a filmmaker and much more. Berberian Sound Studio is now playing at the IFC Center in New York and in Los Angeles at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood and Downtown Independent in Downtown LA. For those of you not in those areas, the film is also currently now available on VOD.
Dread Central: Thanks for chatting with me today, Peter; I thought this was an incredibly fascinating film and definitely a very unusual story as well. What inspired you to create a story around a sound engineer and Giallo films, of all things?
Peter Strickland: Oh, thanks so much; I think for me I was interested in capturing the mechanics of exploitation cinema. I think part of that comes from my fascination with DVD extras and so I wanted to make a movie that circled around that kind of world but make it a little more fictionalized and, of course, entertaining. I think what was most powerful to me was this ridiculous image of a grown man smashing watermelons with this horribly violent movie playing behind him; I wanted this movie to exist in that kind of confusion and explore the power of violence but not in a didactic way.
Another reason I made Berberian Sound Studio is that I wanted to show just how complex the idea of movie violence really is and reduced that idea down to only the sound. At the same time, I wanted to create a very visual movie about the world of sound, something I don’t think I had seen before; I also wanted to pay tribute to this incredible time period in cinema in particular because there has always been a strong connection between Giallo films and their music and sound design. People really tend to forget that Giallo films created an amazing link between high-art concepts and b-movie exploitation, which is endlessly fascinating to me.
Dread Central: I would definitely say a lot of that certainly plays into Toby’s character, and it’s very compelling to see just how affected by this world he becomes; can you discuss collaborating with him for this role and how the two of approached Gilderoy and his downward spiral throughout the film?
Peter Strickland: Toby was wonderful and added so much to this character- I mean, of course I knew he would, but it was beyond anything I could have initially hoped for while I was writing the script. I just thought it would be interesting to see how someone who has no frame of reference for this world would react to being suddenly immersed in it; what does that do to his psyche and how does it parlay into his own feelings of isolation being in a world he knows nothing about?
And Toby really embraced that and I definitely think that’s why the movie works so well; you just cannot take your eyes off of Toby, who in turn cannot take his attention away from this world he’s suddenly been put in the middle of and can’t relate to at all. He's used to working on children’s stories so Italian horror movies, to him, are utterly shocking and almost a bit maddening. A lot of what you see in the final film was in the script, but of course Toby managed to work in certain elements of this character that only he could, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out and with my experiences working with him on this movie.
Dread Central: Because you’re making a movie that’s focused on sound design, did that add any pressure on you in terms of creating the perfect sound mix or incorporating the right sound design elements you needed for Berberian Sound Studio?
Peter Strickland: I think that for me the element I was most emphatic over was the sound perspective and just how a voice sounds in one shot and how that same sound or sentence will travel to someone’s headphones. Keeping the sound consistent throughout was really the biggest challenge- we wanted everything you were hearing to feel authentic, even during the moments where maybe we were amplifying certain sounds for dramatic effect. The biggest temptation for me was to just ‘go crazy’ with it during the mixing process because we actually had a great budget allotted for sound, but then I thought better of it. That wouldn’t have added anything to the movie at all so we really just concentrated on those tangible sounds - hearing what you’re actually seeing - and getting them to seamlessly integrate into the rest of the sound mix.
Dread Central: As someone who grew up during the 80’s, I have to say it was nice to see someone celebrate classic filmmaking, and I thought the studio itself was very visual striking- particularly the scene where Toby has the loops of tape spooled and hung throughout the studio.
Peter Strickland: Oh thanks- I love that scene; it really reflects the cyclical nature of the script and it’s by far one of my favorite visual moments from the film. I think that one of the main reasons I wanted to write about analog sound is because it WAS so incredibly visual both in terms of the machinery and the performance aspect of splicing tape and looping it. When you look at those old control rooms, they do have a very powerful, almost otherworldly feel to them- there are the racks full of oscillators and filters and all of that. There’s almost a ritualistic and mysterious quality to everything you see in those rooms, and Berberian Sound Studio is a celebration of just that. I wish more people could appreciate the artfulness to filmmaking in that era.
Toby Jones and Tonia Sotiropoulou star. Check out our Berberian Sound Studio review here.
Set in 1976: Gilderoy is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by Italian horror maestro Santini. As time and realities shift, Gilderoy is lost in a spiral of sonic and personal mayhem and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat.
Co-starring in BJ McDonnell’s first directorial effort as a Southern sheriff in way over his head, Zach Galligan has seen almost everything throughout his career. But he’s never seen mosquitoes quite as big as the ones swarming across the swamplands down in Louisiana on the set of Hatchet III.
When I spoke with Zach recently, thankfully, both of us were quite comfortable and indoors.
Dread Central: I know you grew up in the New York area as a big horror fan when you were a kid. You watched the Universal monsters growing up, then basically got to act alongside them in Waxwork, and you’ve also been a part of the new breed of classic monsters with Gremlins and now Victor Crowley in Hatchet III. Would that little kid who loved Chiller Theatre be pretty impressed with how things turned out?
Zach Galligan: Well, you know, I really hadn’t thought about that progression until you put it that way and yeah, I think the little kid would be stunned at the progression. It’s almost kind of like a dream come true. It almost really doesn’t even compute or make sense. But yeah, it's cool! It’s really cool now that I think about it. Yeah, it’s funny because I remember when I was seven, my Dad’s secretary, her name was Denise, and I would go and visit my Dad at the office because he was a lawyer. Denise and I, she was a horror fan, too. And she and I would make lists of like our favorite monster movies and I can just imagine that that seven-year-old kid, if he ever had an inkling that he would make a list of horror movies that he would be in on that? He’d be pretty stunned by that.
DC: Absolutely. I wonder if you at a young age watching Hatchet III would have been a little overwhelmed, though. It’s pretty violent.
ZG: Yeah, it is pretty violent but my Mom took me to see The Godfather when I was eight, and when the horse’s head scene came along, she said, ‘Just look down, sweetheart.’
DC: Yeah, it’s definitely a far cry from Mad Monster Party, which I know that you liked growing up.
ZG: God, I loved that movie when I was like four years old, I loved that. That was basically the diet I grew up on as a child: Mad Monster Party, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet … all that stuff.
DC: Yeah, I would like to see a claymation follow-up to Hatchet III. Maybe even Waxwork, actually, a Waxwork III in claymation with you doing the voice-over. I would watch it.
ZG: (laughs) I would love a claymation Waxwork! That would be hilarious.
DC: You’ve worked with a first-time director before (Anthony Hickox), most notably on Waxwork. Was there any concern working with a first-time director again with BJ McDonnell on this film, or do you like the energy that comes with that?
ZG: Well, you love the enthusiasm. And the thing about BJ is he’s been on so many different sets. He’s shot everything. He’s been a steady-cam operator on films like Killer Joe and Jack Reacher … Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. So many different projects that I didn’t think there was going to be the same level of intimidation of being on the set or anything like that. But, by the same token, it’s the first time that everyone looks at you and you’re in charge. Ya know, like all people, he was probably a little bit spooked the first day or two, especially when stuff started going south. Like, the second day we had this massive rainstorm that just basically got rid of three hours of shooting out of a ten-hour day. And [BJ] was there just kind of smiling, saying, ‘Yeah, we’ll make it up. We’ll be okay.’ God knows what he was thinking on the inside. But I also knew that Adam [Green] was also going to be right there ninety percent of the time so if BJ had a question, Adam would sort of go, ‘Don’t do that, do this!’. That’s a huge kind of safety net behind you.
DC: It sounds like the shoot was pretty brutal. When you were first on the set of Gremlins, did you think you would always have it that good? Did you ever find yourself on set in Hatchet III thinking what the hell did I get myself into?
ZG: Not really because moviemaking is pretty brutal; I mean, Gremlins had some brutal moments, too. The night we shot the movie theater blowing up, that was a six thirty p.m. call and we left at eight in the morning. So when you’re nineteen and you’re trying to act and remember lines at six fifteen in the morning and people are like, 'Come on, we’ve got to hurry, the sun’s coming up,' and you’re like freaking out. I mean that wasn’t very comfortable. I remember the first movie I did, too, that was called Nothing Lasts Forever, and we had to do a dawn shot outside Carnegie Hall in New York. And so my call time at the makeup trailer was four thirty a.m. so I had to wake up at three fifteen in the morning. Waking up at three fifteen in the morning when you’re seventeen years old or eighteen years old, it’s like the strangest experience. It’s so disorienting. It’s pitch black out, everything’s quiet, get in a cab and go to the set and you think, ‘What am I doing?’. And the next thing you know you’re like acting and the sun is coming up and you’re in New York City. It’s insane.
DC: Yeah, that does seem pretty unnatural.
ZG: I’m pretty used to the insanity of the film business, you know, from basically my senior year of high school.
DC: Well, you’re actually a very relatable presence on screen and there’s a certain comfort factor in seeing you perform, but the likable Zach Galligan isn’t really inHatchet III, is he?
ZG: Umm, not really because my character is basically, with the exception of the first ten seconds of seeing me, my character’s under a ridiculous amount of pressure the entire time. So, there really isn’t any kind of jocular moment to kind of be amused by anything. You look at my poor character, he’s harried at every turn. He sits down to relax for a second and then he’s off dealing with Danielle [Harris]. And then dealing with his ex-wife and then dealing with the reporters outside and then dealing with Derek Mears’ character. And then dealing with Victor Crowley. It’s just a mountain of problems for him. There’s not much for him to kind of be relatable about. The other thing, too, is that I’m playing a Southerner. I’m playing a character, I’m not playing myself like I usually do, so there’s an extra layer of detachment, you know? He looks like the guy who used to do this but he’s really not the fun, friendly guy we’re used to seeing.
DC: Yeah, it does seem like the sheriff is usually the most stressed out person in horror movies, for sure.
ZG: Well, also because the sheriff generally tends to go, even in Gremlins this happens, he always tends to go from non-believer to the, ‘Oh shit, I guess I’m forced to believe’ person.
DC: Oh, that’s a good point. Do you normally like playing against type? Are you seeking roles where you can kind of go against the kind of character you usually play, or at least the character we know the most?
ZG: Well, I’ll be honest, I’m just seeking out roles, dude. Period. Adam was just like, 'Do whatever you want to do.' That’s a lot of freedom right there. So, I didn’t want to just play me being a cop because just me being a cop from Louisiana strikes me as completely not credible, personally. Why would a guy like me who’s very East Coast be suddenly put in a position of authority down in Louisiana? I just didn’t buy it. And because I had really short notice on doing the picture, maybe like ten days, I didn’t do the Cajun accent because that’s one of the trickier ones there is. Quite honestly, it’s kind of like a Houston, Texas, kind of George W. Bush kind of an accent is what I’m doing. In fact, Caroline Williams, who’s from Houston, she was a huge help because I basically would just chat with her and mimic her. In the scenes that we do together, it kind of sounds like we’re from the same place. We were together, so we kind of fit together.
DC: Yeah, I’m actually from Austin, Texas, and every time I hear Caroline, if I closed my eyes, it would sound like my aunt.
ZG: Right, exactly.
DC: So, I’m not saying you die in this, but there are a lot of victims and the body count is heavier than ever before. Forgive me for not knowing the exact number, but how many films have you actually died in?
ZG: Good lord. A bunch. Let’s see, there’s “Surviving” and then a TV war movie in the Battle of Bull Run. So …
DC: What was your favorite death scene?
ZG: … One, two … Oh, it would have to be in “Surviving” where Molly Ringwald and I kill ourselves on screen. That was pretty good. And I die in Legion of the Dead; I get my face melted off by the mummy.
DC: Oh, that’s good.
ZG: Yeah, that’s pretty good. I die in Cut, the movie I made all in one take, that horror movie. But it didn’t a hundred percent work. I get stabbed with, like, scissors. I don’t know, half a dozen times? I believe I die in Storm Trooper. Does Carol Alt kill me? I’m the bad guy in that and the bad guys usually die.
DC: If you’re going to be killed by somebody, it might as well be Carol Alt.
ZG: That’s for sure.
DC: What do you think has been the toughest shoot of your career and why?
ZG: Well, in terms of physical discomfort, Hatchet III I would say was right up there. I would say it was probably the most uncomfortable one. The only thing that comes close is a movie I did up in Toronto called The Psychic with the lovely Catherine Mary Stewart and Michael Nouri directed by George Mihalka, who directed My Bloody Valentine, the original movie. When we were up there it was December or January. I don’t know if you’ve been to Canada during the winter …
DC: I’ve been to Vancouver but not during the winter.
ZG: Yeah, it’s fuckin’ cold. There was one scene that I was shooting with this great actor Albert Schultz. We were shooting it in a park in Toronto and it was minus ten degrees out. And it had to look like summer so we were just in sweatpants and a sweatshirt like we were jogging. And we were jogging along into the camera and then we have to stop and act like it was a tough run. We had to do one of those scenes where we’re taking some deep breaths and we’re talking for a few minutes and then we run off camera again. We probably had to shoot that from three or four different angles, and by the third setup my face was so frozen that literally my lips weren’t really working. My mouth just wouldn’t work, it was just too cold.
DC: Well, you are human, after all.
ZG: So that was a rough one, and just the swamp, it’s kind of impossible to describe it if you’ve never been there.
DC: All the insects, it’s unbelievable.
ZG: You get there and think, 'Oh, it’s not that big of a deal,' and then as night falls … clouds, clouds of mosquitoes. I’m sure you’ve played softball one time and there’s a cloud of gnats around your head or something like that, yeah they’re annoying. No, clouds of mosquitoes the size of a quarter.
DC: I’m surprised they didn’t really show up on camera and on film.
ZG: I know! You can see a few of them around Danielle a couple of times but I don’t know why.
DC: Well, of course they all wanted to be by Danielle.
ZG: Maybe she was wearing perfume or something, you know, some things attract them. If you watch, there’s a lot of movement, so when you’re moving they would kind of move away from you and they would be much more to the crew members on the outside that weren’t really moving. They would sort of settle around you. And certainly with the gunfire it kept them away, no question about it. We would fire all those weapons and the noise … you really remembered you were in the swamp because the noise from the automatic weapons going off, the ground would tremble. It was incredible. The only thing I can compare it to was that scene in Gremlins where the gremlin jumps into the pool and the water sort of erupts, that sequence they put liquid nitrogen in. They pumped liquid nitrogen into the swimming pool and it creates a really violent chemical reaction. And when they did that the entire pool, the whole ground, it felt like there was an earthquake. The entire ground was shaking from the violence of the chemical reaction.
DC: I’m sure they weren’t expecting that.
ZG: They didn’t think it was gonna tremble quite that much!
DC: So, what’s next for you? Maybe an acting gig on a tropical island somewhere?
ZG: (Laughs) I’d be happy doing 12 Angry Men where I’m just in an air-conditioned jury room. I would be thrilled.
DC: I would watch that, too.
Check out our Hatchet III reviews!
HATCHET III is playing now in select theatres. Look for the flick on VOD as well.
Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in HATCHET III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), and others.
HATCHET III continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.
The sequel, which was filmed outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, from late May to mid-June, 2012, is a co-production of MPI/Dark Sky Films and Hatchet III writer/executive producer Adam Green's Los Angeles-based ArieScope Pictures.
Fans of the supernatural web series The Inn will be thrilled to know that Season 2 is now streaming online. Steve Silverman's creepy show launched its second season recently, and you can shuffle on over, check in and check it out.
From the Press Release
Steve Silverman, creator of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Pretty, continues to surprise audiences with his Hitchcockian influenced series The Inn. Crystal Chappell, two-time Emmy winner and creator of Venice the Series, returns in the lead role of Jane, a woman on the run with more than one secret to hide. Adding to the mystery is the addition of internet sensation Mark Gantt (The Bannen Way), a man who may or may not hold the key to the truth of Jane's past.
"I’m a huge fan of Hitchcock, his style, the constant twists and turns and overall feeling of imbalance," says Silverman, "and this has been a fun departure from the kiddie pageant world of Pretty."
The Inn follows the journey of a woman whose car breaks down off the beaten path and is forced to stay at the town's local inn. The blind innkeeper, the red ball, the windows that open and close on their own, and the mystery boy who vanishes when one looks away are only a few of the mysteries she encounters. But perhaps the bigger mystery is who she really is and how this inn may be forcing her to realize it.
"The role fulfilled my dream of playing a Hitchcock girl kind of character. I'm so proud of this project," says Chappell. And likewise, Mark Gantt chimes in, "I had a blast working with Steve and Crystal on The Inn. I've been a fan of both Pretty and Venice so it's an honor to be working with them both."
Besides Chappell and Gantt, The Inn features Emmy nominee and daytime soap queen Denise Alexander, Chuck Sloan, Ray Proscia, Kyle David Pierce and Stuart Allan. Due to the amount of fan buzz building around the series, the show was recently accepted in the first ever Hot as Hell Web Series Fan Festival this summer in Palm Springs, California.
Nobody does horror photography quite like the one and only Joshua Hoffine. So when we heard he released a new pic featuring a zombie attack, we had to share it with our beloved Dreadies as soon as possible!
The photo is entitled Last Stand, and it depicts exactly that, a family's final moments as their home is swarmed by an undead horde. The father in the picture is played by none other than Phantasm star A. Michael Baldwin. The picture is below with some of the details highlighted. Simply put, Hoffine scores again! Huzzah!
The cast includes Baldwin, Erica Kauffman, Sade Hoffine and Rev Mercader. The zombies were played by Bob Barber, Colin Mogg, Sonny Williams, Jen Hoffine. Brian Wendling, Davis DeRock, Henry Feltmeyer, Alice Pollack, Nathan Beggs, Dylan Thomas, Brett Johnson and Austin Goldberg. Make-up was done by "Face/Off" winner J. Anthony Kosar and "Face/Off" alum Meagan Hester with Jeffrey Sisson, Brenna Hoch and Rita Hoch
The photo is available for purchase at JoshuaHoffine.com.
From Joshua Hoffine
My star A. Michael Baldwin gave a wonderful performance! The gunshot to the head was achieved using flash paper and black powder fired through a prop head sculpted by Ryan Pintar. I then combined these elements with the kneeling zombie actor and Baldwin firing the gun on set using Photoshop. This photograph was by far my largest project to date and only came to life with the help and assistance of many wonderful people. A special thank you to all of the Kickstarter pledge supporters who made this image possible! The success of this image has encouraged me to consider future photo projects on an even larger, more elaborate scale.
You could read comics from now until doomsday and never find a title quite like Pregnant Bitches of War, one of the new releases from Fried Comics. Couple that with Fried's Deadskins, and you've got a pretty awesome launch.
Fried Comics is the brainchild of actor Clay Adams and director Alexandre O. Philippe. Check out the covers for Deadskins by Ben Templesmith and P.B.O.W. by Glenn Fabry below. We also have the incredibly unique illustrated press release. By all means visit the official Fried Comics website, "like" Fried Comics on Facebook and follow Fried Comics on Twitter (@FriedComics).
This is a true launch, Dreadies. Visit the site and get in on the ground floor with this group. The artwork is impressive, and the writing is very entertaining. Totally worth a look.
Arriving on DVD tomorrow, June 18th, is the new slasher flick Everyone Must Die, and if you crave a taste of what to expect, we have a brand spanking new and exclusive clip for you right here. Check it out!
Steve Rudzinski directs, and Nicole Beattie, Aleen Isley, Seth Gontkovic, and Nick LaMantia star.
When it comes to your town, no one can run, no one can hide. EVERYONE MUST DIE! A pattern of similar killings occurs, leaving small towns aghast with grief and suspicion. When the massacre left Kyle's sister dead, he vowed to solve the mystery behind the gruesome pattern of slaughter and find out where this seemingly death-proof killer will strike next.
"True Blood" Season 6 kicked off with a bang tonight, providing us with one of the best episodes the show has had in years. And this preview trailer of the weeks ahead looks every bit as good. Check it out, and keep your fingers crossed it's a new trend!
Episode #6.02: “The Sun”
Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: June 23 (11:00 p.m.), 24 (11:45 p.m.), 25 (11:00 p.m.) 26 (10:00 p.m.) and 27 (12:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: June 24 (10:00 p.m.), 28 (11:00 p.m.) and 30 (2:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), and July 5 (10:00 p.m.)
A long-lost relative reveals himself to Jason and Sookie. After Tara is victimized by a new government weapon, Eric takes matters into his own hands in an effort to thwart Burrell’s anti-vampire initiatives. On the road to work, Sookie is drawn to a handsome stranger who shares her faerie abilities. Sam is unnerved by supernatural-rights zealot Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and is confronted by Alcide and Martha (Dale Dickey) about Emma’s future. Bill contemplates the scope of his heightened powers. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Dan Attias.
Episode #6.03: “You’re No Good”
Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: June 30 (11:00 p.m.) and July 1 (11:00 p.m.), 2 (11:00 p.m.), 3 (10:00 p.m.) and 4 (12:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: July 1 (9:30 p.m.), 5 (11:00 p.m.) and 7 (2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)
Irate over Burrell’s blatant aggression towards vampires, Eric takes matters into his own hands. After dangerously testing the limits of his powers, Bill enlists a TruBlood innovator to synthesize a new type of blood – but has difficulty finding the right donor. Sookie begins to learn why Warlow is after her. Sam receives unexpected help from Nicole and her Vampire Unity Society (V.U.S.) associates. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) finds his past ideals turning into a current nightmare. Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Howard Deutch.
Who would dare challenge the Man of Steel? How about a raunchy R-rated meta-comedy about stoner actors dealing with the end of the world? This Is the End managed to hold its own against Superman even if it did make over $100 million less.
The apocalyptic horror comedy This Is the End landed in a solid second place for the weekend behind the unstoppable juggernaut that is the new Superman movie. That’s why they opened it Wednesday rather than Friday. A $20.5 million sum looks to be its weekend total, and counting the jumpstart it got on Man of Steel, its five-day total is already around $32.8 million, according to Deadline. That’s enough to already make its budget back. A “B+” Cinemascore would indicate it might actually hang on a bit at the box office.
Not hanging on is The Purge, which is quickly being purged from the top 10. Last weekend it overperformed to the tune of $34 million, and this weekend it dropped a whopping 76%, from 1st to 5th, with about $8.2 million. Doubt you’ll hear too many complaints on their end seeing as how the $3 million pic has already more than made its budget back and guaranteed itself franchise status.
Next weekend brings us one of the biggest summer blockbuster wild cards ever in the form of World War Z. A movie based on a best-selling book that by all accounts has next to nothing in common with its source material outside of the basic premise, over a year’s worth of bad publicity regarding the film’s very troubled production, and even the positive reviews thus far have not exactly been stellar. A lot of money is riding on this PG-13 zombie spectacle so it will be very interesting to see how much of your money gets spent going to see it.
Hanging out with Dad this fine Father's Day? Take a break from the usual earthbound family drama and watch a bit of outer space suspense in this new clip from sci-fi horror flick Europa Report. It'll be available On Demand beginning June 27 and in theatres August 2 from Magnet Releasing.
Penned by Philip Gelatt and directed by Sebastian Cordero, Europa Report stars District 9's Sharlto Copley alongside Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Dan Fogler, Anamaria Marinca, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Karolina Wydra, and Daniel Wu.
A unique blend of documentary, alternative history, and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean.
After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.
Related Story: Several Spacey New Stills from Europa Report
With filming of Blanc/Biehn Productions' remake of Hidden in the Woods set to begin July 1st in and around Houston, Texas, all the major players are lining up, and handling effects will be Vincent Guastini's V.G.P. Effects & Design Studio.
Hidden in the Woods star Michael Biehn met Guastini when they briefly worked together on Sushi Girl (in which HITW co-star Andy Mackenzie also appeared), and Biehn was so impressed with V.G.P.'s work, the producers asked Guastini to come on board and supervise with Evelyn Belmar and Vanessa Cartier. Some of Guastini's previous credits include Silent Night, ColdWater, The Devil's Carnival, Under the Bed, and Hansel & Gretel Get Baked, just to name a few.
Hidden in the Woods is a remake of the 2012 Chilean horror film of the same name. The story follows two sisters raised by their abusive father in a remote locale who must answer to their drug baron uncle when their father is imprisoned.
Michael Biehn stars alongside William Forsythe, and original director Patricio Valladares takes the helm. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn produces with Loris Curci; Hackybox Pictures recently joined the project as a producer as well. The film's co-stars include MMA fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning ("Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens), Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, "True Blood"), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills), Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops), and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” “Dark Angel”) along with Caitlin Keats (Broken English, Kill Bill Volume 2, Treachery), Mark Gantt (The Night Visitor, Among Friends), Evie Louise Thompson (The Call, Heebie Jeebies), Nick Bateman (Hobo With a Shotgun), Cody Hackman (Tapped), Grace Powell (Jacob), Larry Carroll (Dark Horse, Jacob), Cheryl Hawker ("My Name Is Earl"), and Greg Ingram (Machete).
Look for more soon!
Something Huge Comes Out to Play in this Preview of Primeval: New World Episode 1.03 - Fear of Flying
So far we're having a lot of fun with "Primeval: New World," and it looks like things are about to get kicked up a notch in Episode 1.03, "Fear of Flying." If you're the least bit entomophobic, you may want to sit this one out.
The 13-episode "Primeval: New World" stars Niall Matter ("Eureka"), Sara Canning ("The Vampire Diaries"), and Danny Rahim ("Eastenders") as a team of animal experts and scientists investigating paranormal events while battling both prehistoric and futuristic creatures. Amanda Tapping, who starred in the Syfy series "Sanctuary" and most recently recurred on "Supernatural," directed several episodes.
"Primeval: New World" Episode 1.03 - "Fear of Flying" (airs 6/22/13):
Evan (Niall Matter) and Dylan (Sara Canning) must travel to the past to save a small airplane that became trapped there after flying through an anomaly.