We here at Dread Central recently had the opportunity of speaking for a few moments with a face that has been far away from the front end of a camera for far too long. Tamara Glynn, who made her mark in the business with her performance of Samantha in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, has returned after a 26 year hiatus from on-screen performances to co-stat in Patrick Rea’s spooky short, Howl of a Good Time (review).
The film is currently making its rounds through the convention and film festival circuits, and she was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to cover a few topics with us – so settle in for an interview that is both informative and entertaining!
Dread Central – Can you give us a look back at how you got your start in the business?
Tamara Glynn – Actually, I was 10 years old and started out modeling, then did a Gloria Vanderbilt commercial that aired on TV during the Dallas TV show episode where J.R. got shot! That led to more print work, and after an agent from Los Angeles spotted me, and at the time I was a small-town girl from Arkansas. So, he approached my Mom and said “move out to California, where I think your daughter will have an amazing chance at working.” He didn’t promise stardom or anything like that, but he said that I was going to work, so my Mom and I moved out to California. Prior to the move, I went to the local college, where I started getting some speech-coaching, so I could get rid of my “Southern-ness” (laughs), so the accent wasn’t so strong – I started working immediately after the move, and we both had no idea what was entailed, and after a while my Mom got lucky and landed a job at Universal Studios working for the producers of the Alfred Hitchcock Series that returned in the 80’s (she later went on to become the Executive Assistant to Michael Mann of the Miami Vice TV show), and I started working myself, which was amazing.
DC – OK, your return to the big screen in Howl Of A Good Time – what can you tell us about it’s inception and production?
TG – Back in 2013, a former friend of mine introduced me to Director Patrick Rea, and it’s funny how it all came about: one night I’m lying in bed, and I posted on Facebook what I was watching, which was Nailbiter, and the next thing I know, I wake up Saturday morning and I have a message in my inbox from the director, who was Patrick Rea, so he and I started chatting, and he came to my festival in Arkansas (Hot Springs Horror Film Festival), which got started from my love of short films, and watching Patrick work made me very aware of how a story can be written and well-executed in a very short period of time. Most people, even when they attempt this, aren’t very successful in executing getting the point across, so he came to my festival and I explained to him that I was getting all these offers, and I just wasn’t very comfortable in accepting them – it just had to be special, because I was brand new at back to doing on-camera work. I was getting a lot of offers, because in 2012, Justin Beahm had just announced on the Halloween Facebook page that we’d bumped into each other, and in less than 24 hours I had over 4,000 friend requests, and my life changed, because all of the years prior, I’d been in Arkansas, behind the camera as a producer. I knew in my heart that I had to find that one right director that I really believed in, because I knew that this was a rarity, and with all the support I was getting, I knew I couldn’t screw it up. So I called Patrick and said “okay, you are my guinea pig – you’re the one I want to do a project with.” We originally had a totally different concept, which was called Cabin Pressure, and it was supposed to be on an airplane, but due to my location and the logistics, it didn’t work out. I have a historic theater here in Arkansas, so after going back and forth about the plane issue, I said “you write the script, and we’ll have it take place in a movie theater.” So he started this brand-new script, and I’d had some guests coming in for the film festival (last October), and I said “let’s see how many of the guests want to be a part of it.” It’s somewhat of a victory that we covered about 120 different shots over the course of a 3 and a half day period, all the while the film festival was going on, and we had these 6 a.m. call-times, and at night, we had the theater that we opened to the public for a live-speech performance we were doing called The Theatre Of Horror, and it never dawned on me how it was all going to happen. I was feeling very overwhelmed, and exhausted, and I wasn’t thinking very clearly, but I had no idea that it was going to get this much recognition. I hope to possibly be able to someday expand on the backstory, and potentially turn this into a feature film.
DC – The Hot Springs Horror Film Festival: is this something that you came up with, Tamara?
TG – This is something that myself and my business partner, Bill Volland came up with, and back in 2012 we had been planning on holding a festival, and at that time I hadn’t bumped into Justin Beahm yet, and after I did, all of the Halloween fans came on board, and it was like “we’re going to have a horror film festival!” It just made sense – I have a huge love for the genre, and the festival itself covers horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Everything came into perfect alignment, and that’s how it happened. The first year, we had guests like Jeff Burr (director of Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III), David Schmoeller (Puppet Master), Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie’s Halloween series),and his wife (and my co-star in Howl) Renae Geerlings, Eric England (Contracted), and a ton of other wonderful people, and we knew that we really had something special, and that we had to do it again, and now we have a short out of it.
DC – So what’s coming up on the horizon for you?
TG – There’s a lot of valid offers on the table right now, both in front of, and behind the camera, and I’m not going to be specific, because there are some potential long-lasting relationships in the process, as far as collaborations, and these are going to be projects that you’ll see on the big screen, or you’ll be able to check them out on your favorite platform.
DC – Okay, it’s time for a little rapid-fire Q&A: I’ll throw a question out there to you, and you come back with the first thing that enters your mind – ready?
TG – Okay.
DC – Last great movie you saw?
TG – Bound (laughs) – I know that’s crazy, but I saw it on Netflix for the first time, and DAMN! – that movie was every way, every dimension, every element…WOW.
DC – Last terrible movie you saw?
TG – Into the Storm, because that movie really sucked – the Hollywood version of tornados?
DC – One actor (either living or dead) that you would love to work with?
TG – I’m going to go all “total fan girl” and say Paul Walker.
DC – Biggest inspiration?
TG – My Mom – may she rest in peace.
DC – Your biggest vice?
TG – Unsweetened decaf tea.
DC – Biggest pet peeve?
TG – Lying…and tardiness!
DC – Tamara, that’s all I’ve got for you – I’ll let you of the hook. Best of luck with the release of Howl Of A Good Time, and we can’t wait to see you back in front of the cameras again.
TG – Thanks to everyone at Dread Central for supporting this, and I’m so glad that you liked it.
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It’s coming at you faster than a crawling walker with no legs. Actually… come to think of it… that wouldn’t be very fast at all. In any event, we have your chance to score a copy of The Walking Deceased (review) on DVD FOR FREE. The rest of you need to pay for it on April 21st via ARC Entertainment!
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Directed by Scott Dow and written by Tim Ogletree, the film stars Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie, Ghost World), Joey Oglesby (Fruitvale Station, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”), and Tim Ogletree (Supernatural Activity).
It was produced by Jonathan M. Black, Francis Casanova, Philip Marlatt, Derek Lee Nixon, Tim Ogletree, Dave Sheridan, Todd Slater, and Kurt Wehner and executive produced by Tim Fisher and Ken Tayloe.
THE WALKING DECEASED is the Scary Movie of the zombie genre, ripping on the biggest and best of zombie pop-culture, arguably the most crazed genre in the world. The story follows a group of survivors from all walks of the apocalypse – an idiotic Sheriff with definite coma-induced brain damage, his hardass son, and a hobo with only a crossbow to stave off the walking dead, four squabbling friends forced to survive this zombieland together, and a lonely zombie who just needs love to fully regain his warm body – who leave their once-safe mall hideout in search of the rumored Safe Haven Ranch, a refuge untouched by the zombie virus that has ravaged humanity. But despite the comforting name, they discover that this sanctuary may not be as welcoming as advertised.
Tearing apart powerhouses like The Walking Dead, Zombieland, Warm Bodies, World War Z, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and even Romero’s iconic Night of the Living Dead, THE WALKING DECEASED rips the flesh off the spoof genre and infects it with a virus too hilarious not to spread.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve had an update on Jonah Lives, starring legendary scream queen Brinke Stevens, but Wild Eye Releasing has announced an April 21st DVD release of film festival hit. To celebrate, we have a slew of stills, the trailer, and more details to share.
In the film Stevens (Nightmare Sisters, Teenage Exorcist, Bad Girls from Mars) portrays a woman who thought she’d gotten away with murder, until some bored teens with a Ouija board accidentally bring her buried secret back with a vengeance.
Written and directed by Luis Carvalho, Jonah Lives co-stars Cesar Perreira, Jocelyn Padilla, James Barrett, Ryan Boudreau, Nicole LaSala, Rob Roy, and Aaron Peaslee. It was shot in Fall River, Massachusetts, the home of Lizzie Borden and site of the infamous Borden family murders that remain unsolved to this day.
The DVD release of Jonah Lives (SRP $14.95) will exclusively include a behind-the-scenes featurette with Brinke Stevens, a Fall River post-screening celebration featurette, teasers, and trailers.
A group of suburban teenagers find themselves embroiled in a story of revenge from beyond the grave. Foolishly playing with a Ouija board, they contact the spirit of a murdered man. Jonah rips his way out of the earth in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his untimely demise. Before he can rip out the heart of his killer, he must claim the lives of the teens that disturbed his rest.
Another dose of demonic indie horror is on its way in the form of the new supernatural flick, Dwelling, starring DC favorite, Devanny Pinn, and ERIN MARIE HOGAN, who’s name will forever live on in DC history in ALL CAPS because we promised it would. Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release:
BeWILdered Media Productions, the independent film production company based in Buffalo, New York, is proud to present the first trailer for their upcoming film “Dwelling.”
ERIN MARIE HOGAN and Mu-Shaka Benson, give us a glance inside the eerie, and spellbinding paranormal thriller, co-starring Devanny Pinn. “Dwelling,” a mysterious and rare slow burn, looks to honor the classic haunts from the genre.
Written and directed by Kyle Mecca, the story follows Ellie (ERIN MARIE HOGAN), a young woman who deliberately buys a haunted house in attempt to make contact with the spirit world. Driven by a horrific experience in her past involving her sister, River (Devanny Pinn), Ellie releases a soul that is more malevolent and terrifying than she could ever imagine.
Produced by Brandyn T. Williams and Arlynn Knauff of BeWILdered Media Productions LLC in Buffalo, NY and shot by Matthew A. Nardone of NDstudios Inc.
Starring Tamara Glynn, Leslie Easterbrook, Renae Geerlings
Directed by Patrick Rea
Take a good look around, horror aficionados – at this point in the game if you’re not sawing off limbs by the truckload, or running through the woods with your Go-Pro while attempting to flee from some unknown hostile presence, then creatively, you’re just not trying. However, sometimes all it takes is a few inspired individuals, and just a little bit of runtime, and BOOM – an entertaining return to form, where simplicity can win you over.
Topping off at a whopping 9 minutes, Patrick Rea (director of Nailbiter) completes his latest short, titled Howl Of A Good Time, which has already been making the convention and film festival rounds, and is drawing rave reviews from critics. Rea received a little help in addition to his double-duty of both directing and writing, calling on Tamara Glynn of Halloween 5 fame, returning to an on-screen presence after a 26-year hiatus to not only act, but assisting in an executive producing role. The short film takes us inside a movie theater where all patrons, young and old, are clamoring to make their way inside for tonight’s special feature, but unbeknownst to the masses, there is a more sinister motive at hand for the ticket-holders, and while it would be a completely sadistic act to give away any more details, you can rest assured that things will get hairy.
Glynn is not the only horror professional to have some time in front of the lens – in addition we’ve got Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects) and Renae Geerling (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2) playing theater employees, all three are fun to watch, and each one takes a big bite out of each scene they’re in, respectively. While this might come off as a little tepid for some of our more hardcore fans, it’s always a nice departure to pump the brakes a bit, and allow ourselves a little time to breathe from all the zombie-slaying, home-invading, poltergeist-wrangling, devil-doll possessing, bigfoot-hunting, alien-invading celluloid duds that have deluged us like a tidal wave of manure. This is something that parents can check out with the kids, and all parties can be entertained equally, so check out the trailer below, and judge for yourselves.
Another horror star-studded feature is on its way, and right now we have your first details and look at the film’s artwork. Where will you be when The Horde attacks?
From the Press Release:
313 Films and Razors Edge Productions have signed worldwide marketing rights and representation for their feature film THE HORDE with Circus Road Films of Los Angeles. The action-horror film features a cast of horror icons, including Paul Logan (Code Red), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Costas Mandylor (Saw IV), and Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior). The film is currently in post-production with expected completion in early summer 2015.
Glen Reynolds, the CEO of Circus Road Films, says, “The Horde is a wild and scary ride for fans of action and horror. We are so very proud to be representing the film for worldwide distribution.”
313 Films has also revealed the movie’s poster, allowing a sneak peek at the various action and horror elements from the movie.
Filmed in Los Angeles, THE HORDE follows ex-Navy Seal John Crenshaw (Paul Logan) as he accompanies his girlfriend and her students on a weekend nature photography expedition deep into the woods. What should be an educational and fun-filled weekend turns into horror as the group is besieged by an unspeakable evil: a horde of hideously disfigured, mutated humans with an insatiable taste for blood. As things go from bad to worse, Crenshaw becomes their only hope if they want to reemerge from the woods alive.
THE HORDE is directed by Jared Cohn and written by Paul Logan. It is produced by Doreen Bennett, Beth A. Thuna, Paul Logan, Gabriel Campisi, Joel Bennett, and Devin Reeve and executive produced by Sonia Thuna.
Circumstances are about to make Juliette come clean to Monroe and Rosalee about exactly what’s going on between her and Nick in this sneak peek of Friday night’s Episode 5.17 of “Grimm,” entitled “Hibernaculum.” We’re pretty sure it’s not going to go over well with our newlyweds.
“Grimm” Episode 4.17 – “Hibernaculum” (4/10/15; 8-9 pm)
NICK AND HANK ARE ON THE TRAIL OF A CHILLING STRING OF MURDERS – Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to investigate a rare Wesen that leaves its victims frozen solid.
Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) starts to feel that she is losing her humanity as she seeks to get revenge on Adalind (Claire Coffee).
Elsewhere, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to suffer from mysterious bleeding and visions while Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) works toward coming to grips with the Wesenrein incident. Reggie Lee and Bree Turner also star.
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Starring Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne
Directed by William Eubank
Distributed by Entertainment One
While taking a cross-country road trip to help their friend, Haley (Cooke) relocate, plucky college students Nic (Thwaites) and Jonah (Knapp) decide to take a detour to an isolated spot in the desert in an attempt to track down a notorious computer hacker who goes by the moniker ‘NOMAD’. Unfortunately for the trio, something sinister is afoot – and it soon becomes apparent that the three of them have been led into some sort of trap.
Things aren’t exactly what they seem, however… and this is where director William Eubank’s The Signal gets smart.
After witnessing Haley apparently being sucked into the air in a ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ moment, Nic awakens in what appears to be a hospital bed – the setting abruptly shifting from the darkness of the desert to the bleached-white clinical oppression of a medical facility. Very soon, he’s introduced to Damon (Fishburne), a scientist who explains to him that he and his friends are suspected to have come into contact with an alien intelligence – and as such, they must be kept isolated and observed in case this contact has made them in any way dangerous to the general population.
As he’s taken through various tests of reasoning and mental capacity, Nic struggles to keep his aggression in check – worries about his friends remaining forefront on his mind.
But there’s a big surprise in store for him, and his friends, as things in the facility most definitely aren’t what they initially appear to be – and that’s as far as this review will go towards describing the further events in The Signal.
Straight out the gate, The Signal is one fantastic-looking film. From the beautiful natural desert and mountainous vistas of the early scenes, to the clinical presentation of the facility and on towards some staggeringly gorgeous slow motion in the climactic action sequences, Eubank’s eye for visuals is on top form.
The storyline itself is compelling – the abrupt switch of locale and complete sense of confusion remaining just on the right side of totally perplexing. The second act does tend to drag somewhat, with perhaps one or two too many short scenes of Nic’s continued resistance to Damon and will to escape the facility – but it’s aided by punctuating moments of solid mystery, for example when an unseen ‘something’ gets loose and wreaks havoc in the corridors, with only the aftermath sporting huge gouges in the facility’s walls offered to the audience.
Working within this framework of confusion and veiled intentions, the cast each do an admirable job with their roles. Brenton Thwaites leads the show with his turn as Nic, capably realising the character’s frustration with his current situation and physical disability, and his overriding will to see his friends safe. Beau Knapp is lively as the more overtly nerdy Jonah, but manages to elevate what initially feels like a standard, archetypical character to higher than expected levels of empathy as the film reaches its climax. Olivia Cooke does well as Haley, but the involvement of her character is much weaker than the other two – frequently acting as little more than a MacGuffin for Nic to chase, even if the unfolding story constantly pulls at threads hinting much bigger implications for her that never come to fruition. Laurence Fishburne does his quiet, sombre and well spoken thing in just the way that he can – there’s nothing particularly surprising from him here, but he fits the role of Damon perfectly.
The revelations, thrilling action sequences and bombast come thick and fast in The Signal‘s home stretch, winding up to an effects-laden finale that sports some very impressive CGI and a superbly cinematic feel. There are answers to be found to many of the elements of its narrative, but The Signal isn’t content to simply hand them all over on a plate – one example being the origins and fate of an elderly lady (played by the wonderful Lin Shaye) who crosses paths with the lead trio and subsequently suffers some rather peculiar effects.
It all leads to an ending that answers the big question, but leaves you to figure out the rest – making The Signal a more than capable little mind-bender of a flick with plenty up its sleeve to keep you hooked, even if some of its more forced ambiguity feels like a stretch too far at times. Despite a few foibles and some lax pacing, it’s ultimately a gripping yarn sporting some great ideas, excellent effects work and a human core that stands out when all is said and done.
On Entertainment One’s UK DVD release of The Signal, we have a collection of deleted scenes that seem to have been wisely excised in favour of preventing the second act from becoming far too bogged down, a short but hilarious outtake featuring Fishburne’s reaction to a prop failure, around 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage showcasing what looks to have been a rather difficult desert-based shoot, and an audio commentary with director William Eubank, co-writer Carlyle Eubank and co-writer/producer David Frigerio.
If you’ve ever played the video game Five Nights at Freddy’s you’re currently sitting in one of two camps … those who loved it, and those who sat through it in a state of disbelief that this game has gained the traction that it has. Speaking of traction…
THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Five Nights at Freddy’s, the popular video game series created by Scott Cawthon.
The feature adaptation will be produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment as well as Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions.
The game takes place in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a darker version of Chuck-E-Cheese, where an animatronic animal band performs kiddy songs by day, and goes on murderous rampages by night. The goal of the game is survive a night locked inside, knowing that a furry death machine might jump out of the dark at any moment.
“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie,” said Grahame-Smith.
“The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to,” said Cawthon. Um… there was a story?!? Do tell!
The project is currently out to writers.
Adam Stone and Jay Ireland will exec produce. Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for Warners.
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The first clip has washed ashore for Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling. Check it out here and expect more on this one as we get closer to the release date.
Look for the flick in theaters April 10th, the same day as Digital HD.
Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith, and Barbara Steele.
The film is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.
Previously, on “Bates Motel”: Norma attempted to unlock the secrets of the thumb drive Annika passed on before, well, Annika passed on – even involving Dylan to assist; a group of shadowy thugs descended upon the Bates Motel in search of the device, going so far as to ransack the office and threaten Dylan, who eventually hid the drive at his farm; Dylan also had a heart-to-heart with Caleb about the event that tore him and his sister apart; and, in the previous episode’s final scene, Norman discovered that Caleb was hiding out at Dylan’s farm and promised to tell Norma, threatening to destroy the relationship Dylan has tried so hard to build with her.
Tonight’s Episode 3.05 (“The Deal”) begins with Dylan avoiding his inevitable confrontation with Norma, even as she’s run off the road by one of the men who’d threatened her son the previous evening. Her attacker points out that she has something that belongs to one Bob Paris, who runs the Arcanum Club – and that Norma should meet with him soon.
Dylan eventually returns home, only for Norman to tell him that he’d already spoken with Norma and had spilled the beans about Caleb. Not long after, Dylan is contacted by the hospital to inform him of Norma’s accident. Upon his arrival, he apologizes to his mother – only to realize she has no idea about Caleb.
Romero continues his investigation into the pair of recent murders that have plagued his town and eventually takes a meeting with Paris, who readily admits that he’s missing the all-important thumb drive and suggests that it would be best for Romero to retrieve it from Norma for him.
Dylan confronts Norman about the revelation (or lack thereof) concerning Caleb, pointing out that Norma has no idea about it. Norman insists he told her, but Dylan states that it doesn’t matter as he plans on telling Norma himself anyway. Norman eventually speaks with his mother, gently prodding to see if she remembers him telling her anything important earlier that morning – only to discover that he may have had another blackout and had hallucinated the entire conversation.
Dylan’s housemate and fellow grower Gunner discovers the hidden drive and, in his boredom, cracks the password and opens the files within – revealing a financial ledger that appears to detail the illegal revenue from the drug trade that could take down several of the town’s more prominent and wealthy members. Dylan tells Norma, who races to Romero and admits that she has the device. She points out that she wants to meet with Bob Paris and attempt to trade the drive – but not without getting something in return for her trouble. There’s some great acting from Farmiga in this scene, as she breaks down while discussing all this town has done to her and why she deserves something for that.
Romero, though wary of her plan, accompanies her to the meeting with Paris, where Norma demands the man’s help in rerouting the bypass to better accommodate her business in exchange for her silence regarding the drive’s contents (also, she wants a billboard… and a pool… with a jacuzzi). Paris agrees to everything, delighting Norma even as a still-concerned Romero watches on.
All’s well for Norma by episode’s end, until her sons sit her down to reveal the truth about Caleb and his whereabouts. The revelation that Dylan had been harboring her brother (and the fact that Norman now seems to be supporting his big brother’s decision) drives Norma a bit mad, sending her into a rage that sees her packing up in a hurry and leaving her boys – and possibly her entire life – in her rearview mirror.
It’s another solid episode this week, showcasing some great acting while furthering the plot in interesting ways. At this season’s midpoint things appear to be reaching the boiling point with every character, which will surely play out in fascinating ways. It was nice to see Dylan take a bit of the spotlight this week as well, as the interesting character is occasionally underused (or used regrettably, as with last season’s drug trade subplot). Here’s looking forward to the next installment, Episode 3.06, “Norma Louise.” Check out the synopsis below.
“Bates Motel” Episode 3.06 – “Norma Louise” (airs 4/13/15)
Norma considers a life outside of White Pine Bay, leaving Norman in a vulnerable position. As Dylan and Emma bond over helping their friend through a rough night, Caleb makes a difficult decision, and Romero is confronted by a new threat.
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Well, the rumors of a shake-up on set have been rampant since “The Vampire Diaries” co-stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder stopped dating in “real life,” and now it looks like at least one of them is true. As she told her fans just short while ago, Dobrev is indeed leaving the show to pursue other opportunities.
In her own words on Instagram:
I’ve just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn’t just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there’s still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I’ll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever.
There’s more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you’ll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert’s life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend’s pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for ‘that Twilight TV show.’ I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what’s coming, you don’t.
Nina’s statement was followed up by exec producer Julie Plec’s, who told Deadline:
Saying goodbye to Nina is both bittersweet and beautiful. After six-plus years together, the entire cast and crew of “The Vampire Diaries” has reached a level of closeness that I don’t think any of us ever expected. Nina is excited to spread her wings, get some rest, travel the world and also take it by storm, and we support her a thousand-fold. We will miss Nina and the four hundred characters she played, but we look forward to the insane and exciting challenge of continuing to tell stories of our Salvatore Brothers and our much-loved and gifted ensemble.
She also added with regard to Michael Trevino (Tyler), who was recently cast in a pilot:
Michael has been a beloved member of the “Vampire Diaries” family since day one. Even though he’s also going to be out in the world exploring new opportunities, we look forward to finding creative ways to make sure he and his character, Tyler Lockwood, always remain a part of the show.
“The Vampire Diaries” is currently on a brief hiatus and will return on April 16th.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.18 – “I Could Never Love Like That” (4/16/15)
KILLER KARAOKE – With their humanity turned off, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) begin wreaking havoc at Whitmore, leaving Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to come up with a risky plan involving Lily (guest star Annie Wersching). After rushing to help Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) treat victims of Stefan and Caroline’s latest killing spree, Elena (Nina Dobrev) discovers Jo is pregnant, prompting her to reevaluate her own life as a vampire.
Meanwhile, when Sarah (guest star Tristan Mays) boldly turns the tables on an unsuspecting Enzo (Michael Malarkey), he is forced to open up about his tragic past. Lastly, at Scull Bar, a twisted round of karaoke leaves Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Matt (Zach Roerig) in a dangerous situation. Leslie Libman directed the episode with story by Matthew D’Ambrosio and teleplay by Chad Fivash and James Stoteraux.
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One of the best reviewed films of the year, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review) is finally coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Kino Lorber, and we have a peek at the goodies right here for you. Look for it in stores and online April 21st.
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.
The first Iranian Vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.
- Behind-the-Scenes Footage
- Collectible Graphic Novels with Essay by Eric Kohn
- Deleted Scenes
- Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum, part of MoMA’s Contenders Series
- Stills Gallery
- VICE Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
- VICE Meets Ana Lily Amirpour and Sheila Vand
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Some quick late-day casting news has arrived for Universal’s horror-thriller Stephanie as THR is reporting that “Sons of Anarchy” star Kenneth Choi has signed up for active duty.
He will join the previously announced Frank Grillo, Shree Crooks, and Anna Torv for the latest film from director Akiva Goldsman. Universal Pictures acquired Stephanie from Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions and Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One.
First announced last summer, the film was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, whose script was voted to the 2012 Blood List.
Abandoned by her parents in their remote home, Stephanie (Crooks) survives on peanut butter and conversations with her toy turtle, while a dark supernatural force looms in the background. When her mother and father return to claim her, the malevolent power spins out of control with Stephanie at the center.
The first clip from Dark Places, the new Charlize Theron flick that’s based on another torrid tale from the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, has arrived. Check it out, and look for more on this one soon.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan, Shannon Kook, and Corey Stoll also star. The film was directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner from his adaptation.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby’s mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw – or didn’t see – the night of the tragedy.
Are you excited yet about the Dynamite Comics Reanimator and Alice Cooper items in this month’s Box of Dread? Now, you can even get more excited with this survival kit from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that is featured in the Box of Dread’s April 2015 Seventh Box!
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Because Season 5 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” just concluded recently and the new companion series won’t premiere until this summer, this survival kit will be the perfect item to keep your memories (and you) alive until the walkers return to your TV screens.
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Back in mid-February it was announced that James Franco will be both producing and starring in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller 11/22/63, and now one of his leading ladies has been revealed. Canadian actress (and Cronenberg regular) Sarah Gadon has joined the cast as Sadie.
Hulu’s “11/22/63″ is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love, and the past itself… which doesn’t want to be changed. Per Deadline, Gadon’s Sadie is a statuesque, smart, beautiful, and outspoken librarian at the Texas school where Jake works.
Most recently Gadon appeared in three consecutive films directed by David Cronenberg: A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), and Maps to the Stars (2014). In between those she filmed Antiviral (2012), directed by his son, Brandon Cronenberg. You’ll also find her in Dracula Untold and The Moth Diaries.
The nine-hour miniseries is a collaboration among J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television. Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) penned the script and will exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the first two hours. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.
A premiere date for “11/22/63″ has not yet been announced so stay tuned!
An international trailer is here for Burying the Ex, the new film from master of horror Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole), and it looks like lots of dark fun! Look for the film on June 19, 2015, via RLJ/Image Entertainment.
Directed by Joe Dante and written by Alan Trezza (TV’s “Sanctuary”), Burying the Ex stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario. The film follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: He’s too afraid to break up with her.
Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Several weeks later he has a chance encounter with Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soulmate. But that same night Evelyn returns from the grave as a dirt-smeared zombie, and she’s determined to live happily ever after with Max…
Burying the Ex is produced by Mary Cybriwsky, Carl Effenson, David Johnson, Frankie Lindquist, Kyle Tekiela, and Alan Trezza.
If there was one event horror fans were excited for at this year’s WonderCon, it was the Blumhouse panel, in which footage and information regarding The Gallows, Unfriended, Insidious: Chapter 3 and Sinister 2 were shared. Read on for all the details we collected for you!
The first film to be discussed, The Gallows, was by far the least well known. Previously that weekend I had asked various other press about it, and the general sentiment was, “What the fuck is The Gallows?” After an explosive mood piece trailer, the surprised murmurs and cheers in the crowd promised a much more talked about future. Though short and unlikely to be indicative of the final product, the lighting, tone, and speed of the trailer reflected a horror making talent far beyond the typical capabilities of such an inexperienced director. Aside from a few shorts, this is the directorial debut for the duo comprised of co-directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, and if all goes as expected, The Gallows could catapult them Oren Peli style into the spotlight.
On screen, a girl in a white dress lies crying in a crumpled heap. As the sounds of her sobs build, a figure carrying a noose slowly emerges from the shadows. Cut to black, and the next shot is a close-up of the girl’s neck as she slowly examines new deep and bloody rope marks. A noose tightens into the frame, and with a jolt she is dragged away. While simple and certainly done before, the execution is what really sells it. This sentiment of execution being most important is repeated throughout the panel and will be again later in the roundtable.
Similar to Paranormal Activity (another film from Blumhouse Productions), The Gallows is a found footage film from inexperienced directors. According to Cluff and Lofing, the film involves four friends who break into a school at night. We didn’t get much more out of them regarding the plot but gained significant insight into the production.
The similarities with Peli’s Paranormal Activity continue, as director/editor Lofing moved into co-director Cluff’s condo and edited the whole film in his room. Fresh out of film school, Lofing paired up with Cluff, previously a stuntman and “Wipeout” contestant, mostly out of friendship and creative admiration. Cast in Anaheim using a free service and out of a pool of 200, they found their 4 actors and set to work filming at a high school in Fresno.
It sounds like the perfect recipe for a movie that would come to me on a DVD-R with the title written in Sharpie, sitting in a paper sleeve on my floor until it grows enough mold that the ants take it. By Jason Blum’s own admission at the start of the panel, found footage is a stale format, and it takes a really great one to make any kind of waves. It is the type of movie that people make because they believe it to be easy and by the directors’ own admissions was the reason they set out to make one in the first place.
When talking about what they did to make this film unique, they couldn’t come up with much more than that they used the actors’ real names for authenticity and that they filmed using out of town talent so that the legends they told them about hauntings would scare them more. Not exactly groundbreaking, but it is always difficult to explain what part of the production made a movie really work, so not exactly strikes against it either.
So aside from an excellent mood piece trailer that I admit doesn’t have any bearing on the final product, why am I so excited about this film? Blum himself offered a well thought out explanation for my growing enthusiasm…
“This is a rare instance when that a movie is made like this and a studio releases it. It almost never happens. One of the most fun parts of my job is seeing this happen; it’s why I do my job… the fact that it has come this far is very unusual and really really cool.”
When a new found footage title from the studio that brought you Paranormal Activity arrives, you take notice. Originally seeing the concept trailer on YouTube, Jason Blum contacted the directors and picked the movie up. The budget was shoestring, so at any point the cost of dropping it would have been next to nothing. Still, it made it all the way through production and is seeing release through New Line. Mike Flanagan’s Oculus was similarly a short concept piece before being picked up as a feature film, though his final product came from a more experienced director and a significantly higher budget. Blumhouse isn’t without a couple bad films under its belt but has so far proven a reliable source for quality horror. I also should admit at this point that I didn’t think Ouija was THAT fucking bad, so maybe I’m just a sucker. Look for The Gallows on July 10th.
The Unfriended panel started out with this trailer:
Hey, not a bad trailer. I admit that the concept is silly and the name edging on sabotage, but “setting up a camera to watch two sleeping people while a ghost moves things” also sounds like a terrible idea, and that made almost $200 million. Still, I prefer the super silly original title, Cybernatural.
This segment of the panel was an odd one. Consisting of the writer and major cast members, they kept oscillating between telling us how great the movie was and sharing all of their doubts along the way. I shit you not; there was a moment where they were asked if they ever thought the movie would actually come out, and each of the actors one at a time said some variation of, “No, not ever.” This is strange since the express purpose of these events is to get people amped for your film. Telling everyone in the audience that you never really thought this movie would come out does not instill mountains of confidence.
Likewise, the writer, Nelson Greaves, said a few times that he doubted the film being shot through Skype was a good idea. Much of the film’s completion is credited to producer and spiritual leader of the group, Timur Bekmambetov, who is reported to have come up with the original concept. Greaves stated that at several times throughout the production he doubted such a silly gimmick could actually work, and that only through Timur insisting that he should trust him did he push through. If the quality of your movie during production does not make you think that the movie is working, telling the audience that your producer insisted you finish the film anyway does not exactly instill confidence in prospective fans.
At the same time, the number of times he told this story both in the panel and subsequent roundtable leads me to believe it was a pre-scripted talking point. If I were to guess, they know just how silly this movie sounds and are doing their best to acknowledge that and insist that it is really good despite your doubts. They are going to have to sell this movie on its quality, and in that regard they are off to a good start. Even before the trailer, Jason Blum assured us that the audience at South by Southwest had loved the film. After the trailer, he was quick to emphasize the unique strength of the film’s multiple Skype windows. He made the claim that it was, “Like you’re the director of a live TV event,” giving the film legs for repeat viewings that other films don’t have.
A few times we heard that they focused on really long takes, the longest of which being the whole movie in one shot. The anecdote goes that the lead female, Shelly Henning, was tired of trying to ramp back into dramatic scenes take after take, so suggested that they do the whole thing in one shot. According to Nelson Greaves, the final scene of this take is the one that made it into the final film, so I am interested to see how this unique shooting style plays out in the final product.
In Unfriended the actors would themselves hold the laptops with the camera on top. They are your camera operators. The folks behind the film wanted to go for an authentic vibe, so the actors would move the laptops as they walked around the rooms. Actors were directed to look around and be distracted, text friends, shop online, and do things that people actually do while on Skype. Such a focus on realism can backfire greatly with a boring and poorly shot movie, but I’d be willing to bet at least one of my nuts that there was plenty of technical camera work and direction that went into this that they just aren’t talking about.
The question “Who is Laura Barnes” was answered with “Laura Barnes is everything that is scary about the internet. She is all your secrets…” All right, color me interested, and you will definitely see me in the theater on April 17th.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Clearly the focus of the panel, the amount of time we got with the director and cast of Insidious: Chapter 3 was twice as long as either of the previous two groups. It started off with two clips, the first of which you can watch now:
The second clip, which was an exclusive for the event, shows a significantly more beat-up Quinn attempting to escape the apartment via elevator. Wheelchair-bound from a broken leg and in a neck brace, her situation seems dire as she anxiously presses the call button. In typical horror movie fashion, a cut from a forward angle to back angle shows a sickly and wheezing entity behind her, who pushes her back to the room and violently throws her on the ground. Incapacitated, a grotesque handless and footless female figure without eyes or a mouth crawls towards her. As the figure nears, the clip cuts.
The movie is directed by Leigh Whannell, who wrote the original Insidious and played the character Specs, filling the shoes of James Wan, who was busy directing Furious 7. Whannell assured fans in attendance that even without Wan at the helm, he remained absolutely true to the franchise and hopefully true to what fans want out of it. Leading man Dermot Mulroney talked about how this movie is not only terrifying, but the scariest one yet! Yes, we were being given the “Hard Sell” but that’s what events like this are typically for.
From there each actor had a few moments to talk about their respective characters, but honestly speaking, no one really said anything that we hadn’t already surmised. Until Angus Sampson spoke up, that is…
“I think you were just giving the audience what they wanted. Anyone that’s watched one of the Insidious chapters with an audience — and there were lots of audiences — whenever Elise would come on screen, especially in the second chapter, there’s such a special warmth for the character that Lin and Leigh and Jason created. This is almost an origin story about how Elise comes to meet not only Specs and Tucker, but some of the other characters from the previous two chapters.”
Thank you, Angus, for saying what we all secretly knew and just wished they would say. They clearly took the most popular characters from the previous film and put them even more front and center than they were in the second. It is fan service, and fan service can be good.
The last piece of insight we got before fan questions was some info about the film’s villain, the aptronym-named “Man Who Can’t Breathe.” Leigh explained his vision for the character… “[I wanted to create] the physical embodiment of cancer… if cancer were a person, what would he look like?” Whannell continued, “He symbolizes all the pain and misfortune that can visit people in their life.” It was cool to see the panel all light up and chime in about how the The Man Who Can’t Breathe was a very present and violent force in the movie.
The panel loosens up after this, and each cast member interjects with fun little anecdotes about the filming. The set was kept very cold and dark, Stephanie Scott did her own stunts, and Leigh even locked her in a closet for 6 hours blasting death metal. There were a few standard press release statements here and there, but some really wonderful genuine moments were shared and that’s always a breath of fresh air.
My personal impression of Insidious: Chapter 3 comes mostly from the trailer. It is clear that the brutality and unique physicality of the previous films are still here, but whether or not it will keep with the bizarre twists and unpredictable plot is unclear at this point. The first movie really hits a home-run with the mid-film introduction of astral projection and a spirit realm, turning a simple haunting story into something totally new and unique. The second movie sadly went for a more standard serial killer narrative but was still creative enough to stand on its own. There was no talk of twists and turns in the panel, but I managed to ask some of those questions in the roundtable, so check out that article for more intel.
Look for Insidious: Chapter 3 in theaters June 5th.
Things wrapped up with a short but effective clip from Sinister 2 which you can check out below. Afterwards the audience was promised much more would be unveiled for the film at July’s Comic-Con and everyone should stay tuned. Look for Sinister 2 in theatres on August 21st.
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So, Heathens, did you all catch last night’s return of “Salem” on WGN America? If not, shame on you, but you’re in luck because the network is running an encore tonight at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
For the rest of us, here’s a look ahead to next week’s Episode 2.02, “Blood Kiss.”
The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle, and Iddo Goldberg. Season 2 guest stars include Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle, and Oliver Bell as Mary’s long-lost son.
“Salem” Episode 2.02 – “Blood Kiss” (air date 4/12/15)
Mary (Montgomery) initiates the second act of the Grand Rite; Alden (West) returns to Salem.
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