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13 Funny Friday The 13th Meme And Things

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:45

You know it has to be done. The internet is made for making fun of everything related to Friday the 13th, whether its about Jason Voorhees or more traditionally, the black cat. So, to help you folks out, we collected 13 of the funniest Friday the 13th meme (and other things) from the interwebs all in one handy place below.

So, go check them out and make sure to chuckle at least a few times. You'll never know when a black cat or Jason might cross your path today!

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Funko Launching a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Pop! Vinyl Figure Line

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 18:13

Funko has yet another Pop! Vinyl figure line heading our way, and this one definitely grabbed our attention. Coming in September are six characters from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" plus a vamp variant of one of them!

From the Press Release:
If the apocalypse comes, beep me.

We have more exciting news for Joss Whedon fans today - A "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER" POP! SERIES!

The Chosen One and her crew are ready to navigate the treacheries of Sunnydale. Are you Team Buffy and Angel or Team Buffy and Spike? You decide! Luckily, we made both Angel and Spike Pop!s so you can have it your way.

Willow, one of The Gentlemen, and Oz are also here to help you relive the magic of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

That variant we mentioned? It's fan favorite Spike, and you can see him in all his toothy glory at the bottom of the page.

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New Images and Clips Stir the Cauldron of Salem Episode 1.09 - Children, Be Afraid

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 16:39

Our hearts were breaking for poor Cotton at the end of the last episode of "Salem," and things don't look to be getting any better for him - or anyone else in Increase's path - in the upcoming Episode 1.09, "Children, Be Afraid." Check out these stills and clips for clues of what's ahead.

As an extra bonus, we have another "Secrets of Salem" video. In this one Elise Eberle traces the evolution of her character, Mercy Lewis, into a force to be reckoned with.

"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive

The series stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale; Elise Eberle as Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.

"Salem" Episode 1.09 - "Children, Be Afraid" (airs 6/15/14)
Salem sees a second death since Increase’s (guest star Stephen Lang) arrival in town, and Mary (Janet Montgomery) struggles to get George (Michael Mulheren) back under her control. Mercy (Elise Eberle) and her acolytes flex their growing power while Increase grows closer with Isaac (Iddo Goldberg), putting Isaac’s loyalty to Mary in question.

In addition to Lang, guest starring are Morgana Shaw as Mab, Dane Rhodes as Henry Hopkins, Sammi Hanratty as Dollie, Lucy Faust as Elizabeth, Mary Catherine O’Donnell as Emily, and Ben Mouton as Lamb.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show - Sarah Paulson Reveals Headsy New Character

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:56

In probably the coolest and funniest news of the day, "American Horror Story: Freak Show's" Sarah Paulson has revealed what her character is going to be on the upcoming fourth season of the FX series.

So excited to be playing Bette AND Dot this season,” she reveals via Twitter. “Two heads are better than one! #AHSFREAKSHOW

Jessica Lange, Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Michael Chiklis will star.

Visit the show's Facebook page and Twitter feed along with "American Horror Story" on FX.


So excited to be playing Bette AND Dot this season. Two heads are better than one! #AHSFREAKSHOW pic.twitter.com/jdZJSPercn

— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) June 12, 2014

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First Image Found in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:17

The first image from Spike Lee's Kickstarter project, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, is here courtesy of Black Film, and you can check it out right here. Look for the flick to premiere on Sunday, June 22, at the 18th Annual American Black Film Festival.

Zaraah Abrahams, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Michael K. Williams, Felicia Pearson, Steven Hauck, and Elvis Nolasco star in the film, which focuses on human beings who are addicted to blood. It's a new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).

It’s scary. Humorous. Bloody. Sexy,” said Lee in a previous interview, adding that the film uses blood as a “metaphor. As we all know, human beings have many addictions. Drugs, sex, alcohol, power, money, Air Jordans [laughs]. In this one they’re addicted to blood. We shot in New York, Martha’s Vineyard... We shot it in 16 days, and we were one day ahead of schedule.

Look for more on this one soon!

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E3 2014: Xbox One Crawls From Its Grave

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:03

For around a year the people behind the Xbox One managed to make just about every bad decision that they possibly could regarding the new console. Thankfully they've done a lot of damage control, and with Phil Spencer at the helm they seem to be getting on the right track by focusing on games. Speaking of which...

Below you'll find your first look at Grave from Broken Window Studios. In this open world survival horror experience, you must survive the night with an arsenal of defensive tools and explore an ever-changing world filled with frightening creatures.

Grave is a hybrid of environmental exploration and combative horror, promising constant tension as the player balances exploration and survival.

Check out the trailer and a couple of screenshots below. Look for Grave to arrive on the Xbox One on March 30th, 2015.

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Laurence Fishburne Talks Indie Sci-Fi and The Signal

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:01

Following his memorable work this year on NBC's "Hannibal," Laurence Fishburne will next be seen by genre fans in William Eubank's The Signal (review); and you can hear from him about the new film, opening in select markets tomorrow, right here!

"Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker. Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.

William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio.

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The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.

Synopsis
Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (Brenton Thwaites of The Giver and Maleficent), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare…




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Robert Englund for Chiller PSA Is Scary Funny!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:48

Those of you familiar with the history of Dread Central are aware that we know a thing or 20 about launching (and not launching) a horror channel. Why this is such an under-appreciated and arduous task is anyone's guess... but know that your favorite psychos need your help and home.

In the wake of the demise of the truly great channel FEARnet, the Chiller network is here to remind us that they are still alive... and kicking mucho ass.

Don't believe us? Well then, this latest PSA from Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, should do a lot to warm your heart before tearing it straight out of your chest cavity.

Take a look, and bravo, Chiller. BRAVO!

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E3 2014: Spooky New Alien: Isolation Images

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:54

At this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, Creative Assembly is giving Alien: Isolation an incredible showing to the attending media and guests! Today we get to bring a bit of that goodness online as SEGA released an additional set of terrifying screenshots for the game.

With the station in lockdown and a vicious creature on the loose, getting around requires cunning, tactics and stealth… and a great deal of courage.

The Alien is here, in the shadows, in the vents and the walkways, and the slightest noise will bring unwanted attention your way... and fast. With a small band of armed looters scavenging for supplies, that noise may be hard to avoid.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows.

Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions, and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One, PlayStation4, Windows PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation3.

For more info visit the official Alien: Isolation website, "like" Alien: Isolation on Facebook, and follow Alien: Isolation on Twitter.

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Sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D Being Actively Developed

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:41

It wasn't long after the release of Texas Chainsaw 3D (UNRATED Blu-ray/DVD review jere) that rumors begin swirling around the internet about a possible sequel, though it seemed that a series of unfortunate events derailed those plans.

Now the sequel is apparently back on track, and we've got the latest for ya today.

Bloody Disgusting reports that a rep from Millennium Films reached out to them this week, revealing that the film is still very much on their priorities list. "While the film’s development is taking a bit longer than usual," they wrote, "it is still an active project on Millennium Films’ slate."

While it's likely that many horror fans have little to no interest in the highly polarizing film being given the sequel treatment, I personally welcome one with open arms as I was a fan of the bold choice to toss aside the narrative of the remake and go ahead and give the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre a direct sequel. You must at least applaud the attempt, even if you didn't dig the results.

And besides, it's always a good thing when Leatherface is back on the big screen, right?!

We'll have more on this one as we learn it.

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True Blood's Michelle Forbes Becomes One of The Returned

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:29

Casting news for A&E's upcoming series "The Returned" has been coming hot and heavy in the past week with all sorts of familiar faces being added to the roster of attached talent. Today comes yet another new addition, and you "True Blood" fans out there are going to like it!

Per Variety, Michelle Forbes has joined the cast, set to play Helen Goddard, a mysterious woman who is one of the returnees. You may remember Forbes as the evil Maryann Forrester, the main antagonist of the second season of "True Blood." Currently she can be found in "Orphan Black."

Mary Elizabeth Winstead will portray Rowan, the girlfriend of late musician Simon (Mat Vairo), who had a very difficult time getting past his death 10 years ago and now will have to adjust to his return.

Also cast in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode adaptation of the acclaimed French series "Les Revenants" are Sandrine Holt ("House of Cards") and Agnes Bruckner (The Woods, "24"). Holt plays Julie, a competent, compassionate doctor who is struggling in her personal life, while Bruckner plays the sheriff’s chief deputy. Rounding out the cast are Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Alejandro, Mark Pellegrino, and Sophie Lowe.

Keith Gordon ("Dexter") will direct.

"The Returned," from A&E Studios and FremantleMedia North America, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences.

Look for more soon!

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Celebrate Friday the 13th by Reveling in All of the Features You Could Want!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:25
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NSFW Friday the 13th Rap Recaps Franchise's Iconic Moments

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:22

Tomorrow is of course Friday the 13th, which means it's once again time for all of us horror fans to revisit our favorite installments in the slasher franchise. Personally, I tend to stick with the original film through The Final Chapter, as those are the movies that personify the franchise for me.

Evidently the folks over on the Skeleton Crew Horror Podcast feel the same way because they've just uploaded a video to their YouTube channel that recaps those first four Friday the 13th films in the form of a pretty hilarious rap song.

Yeah, I know. Horror and rap don't exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly, but we ask you to put those bad memories of Busta Rhymes in Halloween: Resurrection on hold and give this one a chance. We think you'll dig it.

Check out the song, which was written and performed by Alex Edwards, below!

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First Jurassic World Images Hit the Net

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:01

The first set of images from the set of Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World have arrived to welcome you to the jungle, and we have the trio of them right here courtesy of the AV Club. They're dino-less, but hey, at least they're not paparazzi pics.

Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World, which is set to hit theaters June 12, 2015.

Look for more as it comes.

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Bugging Out: 5 of the Greatest Killer Bug Flicks

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:00

Killer bug and insect invasion films are some of the most challenging to really nail in a memorable manner. I honestly believe that’s why so few directors and production companies will even entertain the idea of approaching the critters.

They’re typically goofy flicks, and most who would consider themselves “serious” filmmakers (whatever that is) probably wouldn’t waste a scoff at the thought of creating one. But every once in a while something special arrives and leaves its mark on our psyche.

Perhaps it’s an over-the-top exploitation piece that happens to piece the puzzle together properly. Maybe it’s a film so astonishingly complex and multi-layered that one cannot avoid the intrigue of a grand mind fuck. It doesn’t matter why bug flicks work or how bug flicks work. What matters is that when the truly innovative minds out there set out to make a film of this nature, they manage to make it work.

Here are five (with a few bonus recommendations for good measure) movies all about the creepy crawlies that make our flesh tingle and sprout goosebumps. Purchase a can of insecticide before you read this one if you’re squeamish or suffer from entomophobia. Just a heads up.

Arachnophobia:
Spiders scare the shit out of me. I mean petrified, cannot run, cannot move, cannot think straight in the presence of an eight-legged monstrosity. “Daddy Longlegs’” strike fear in my heart. Babies send me into hysterics. And if I spot an egg sack, oh good night... I’m done. Haul me away and beat the shit out of me with the pansy stick. That’s why I can’t watch Frank Marshall’s Arachnophobia. It’s also why I respect and love it so much. For someone like me it’s about as close to the perfect horror presentation as you can get. It genuinely terrifies me to the point I’m able to experience that special feeling that we become so desensitized to at a very early age. I honestly can’t watch the film. It’s a tremendously successful production, illustrating very real personalities, delivering jaw-dropping, truly jarring visuals (due in large part to pure realism), and combining humor and scares like few pics ever manage. But you’ll have to bribe me to sit through it... without shielding my eyes with my sweaty palms. If you’re not particularly frightened by spiders, this one won’t climb under your skin in quite the same fashion, but it’s still an entertaining and well shot pic. You can’t lose when John Goodman steps into the shoes of a mouthy and overtly cocky exterminator.

Mimic:
Mimic doesn’t seem to be recognized as a “bug flick” often. Perhaps that’s due to the overall intensity of the film, or even the technical mastery that Guillermo del Toro thrusts – quite unexpectedly – in our faces. Regardless of reasoning, Mimic is a big buggy bastard of a flick that defied the neglect it did and still does receive thanks to a functional drive to succeed on all fronts. Succeed it does. The story is mesmerizing, the onscreen performances can be considered nothing short of the product of elite thespians, and visually it’s absolutely genius; you cannot take your eyes off of this movie. While giant ants may not be a paralyzing idea by today’s standards, giant cockroaches capable of actually mimicking the physical appearance of man – whom they target and dispose of – most certainly is. Guillermo del Toro has gone on to make some amazing features. I don’t care what anyone says, Blade II was a fantastic example of horror and action combined to produce pure entertainment, the Hellboy flicks are a blast, and Pan’s Labyrinth has such an astounding ethereal quality that it’s hard for me to even express my feelings about the movie. Cronos came first, but Mimic was an amazing follow-up for del Toro.

Bug (2006):
Now here’s an interesting selection. Technically William Friedkin’s Bug is a psychological affair rather than a tangible insect-attacks-the-populace form of feature. But that doesn’t steal away from the fact that Bug is disgustingly unnerving. Stupid creepy. We’re talking pick at your skin for no good reason, disturbing. The degree of paranoia boiling over on the set feels so overwhelmingly organic that a brief mental hiatus from the insanity unraveling before our eyes feels utterly unmanageable. The fact that hordes of vicious insects never even need to really swarm the screen doesn’t change the fact that Bug is one of the most overlooked pictures to hit the market in the last decade. It also holds the rare distinction of being a film that sucks you in while you’re begging, but incapable of escaping. Bug is the equivalent of the proverbial car crash on the side of the road, and it’ll leave you feeling just about as distressed as the nastier collisions we inevitably stumble upon at least once in life. It’s just a... fucked up and savage film.

Eight Legged Freaks:
There’s a certain charm that comes in watching vintage ‘50s and ‘60s giant insect films. The vast majority of those old clunkers are just that, clunkers. They’re not typically well-assembled slices of cinema, but cheap hokey laugh-fests designed to produce brainless entertainment for roughly 70 minutes. And there’s something quite special about those films, as terrible as they may be. When they work their way into your heart, they stay there. Up until 2002, I wasn’t convinced I’d ever see a modern motion picture capable of replicating that goofy, must-have sensation that was alive and well on screens in 1960. Then along came Ellory Elkayem’s Eight Legged Freaks, and as is the norm in my life, my beliefs were proven wrong. Elkayem nails the golly gee do-gooder appeal of yesteryear’s cult favorites with a piece that functions as an obvious homage to grand camp and big bugs. David Arquette feels as though he was teleported here directly from Awshucksville, 1960, and it’s hard to refute the lighthearted appeal of it all. One of the few freaky bug flicks that actually totes serious replay value and comedy tame enough to appeal to the whole family without feeling entirely watered down.

Them!:
Speaking of throwback insect invasions, what kind of list would this be without the oddly addictive and massive cult fave Them!? A masterful performance from James Whitmore transforms another preposterous product into a vehicle of joyful entertainment. There isn’t anything about the idea of the tale itself that stands out as distinctive, but the dialogue is generally engaging and there’s a fluidity to the storyline that captivates. My daughter gets a kick out of poking fun at me whenever I watch this one, but what’s interesting is, she never seems too eager to get away from the flat screen while the flick unfolds. And that’s what a prodigious picture will do: win the hearts of all viewers, regardless of age or genre preference. In 2014 giant ants aren’t even remotely near frightening, and yes, I again fully acknowledge that. No one’s tuning in to a film like Them! and struggling with nightmares for weeks on end. But they are tuning in and walking away with a fuzzy little feeling inside that comes when art impacts life for one reason or another.

Bonus Recommendations

Starship Troopers:
Starship Troopers isn’t universally adored. I personally find it quite enjoyable. Massive alien bugs, loads of severed limbs and exploding heads and impaled torsos... it’s good fun, in a sadistic way. Paul Verhoeven creates an interesting visual experience that proves worthy of pursuing.

Infested (AKA Ticks):
Infested wasn’t a fantastic movie, but it was a picture that made an attempt at being memorable during a time in which the market had slumped into a virtual black hole and memorable genre works were thinning out at a staggering rate. Infested gave the chills a go, putting ticks at the forefront of danger. It’s worth a look.

Ice Spiders:
So. Bad. It’s. Good.

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This Is When Our Exclusive Animal Clip Attacks!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:30

There have been a couple of clips floating about for the Drew Barrymore-produced horror flick Animal, but none of them featured the creature. Yep, that's where we come in! Behold! The flick is poised and ready to hit limited theatres and VOD on June 17th.

Keke Palmer, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye, and Jeremy Sumpter star.

Barrymore is an executive producer alongside Flower Films’ Nancy Juvonen and producers Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell, Kelly Smith, and Thommy Hutson. Hutson and Catherine Trillo penned the script, which is directed by Brett Simmons. Gary J. Tunnicliffe created the creature effects.

Synopsis
When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival.




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RiffTrax Live Putting the Squeeze on Anaconda this Halloween

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:15

When RiffTrax hit their $100,000 goal trying to raise the funds needed to secure the rights to lampoon the disastrous 1998 Godzilla, they set a $250,000 stretch goal to nab the rights to Anaconda for their Halloween show...

RiffTrax fans clearly have a lot of disposable income.

We’re just a month out from hearing Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett unleash a Category 5 riffing on Sharknado at theaters around the country on July 10th.

Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter, Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla will get similar treatment on August 14th. How successful, you ask?

So successful was the Kickstarter that they even surpassed the $250,000 stretch goal to ensure Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, and a very large Anaconda will get theirs at theaters around the country on October 30th.

The RiffTrax Kickstarter ended with 4,887 fans putting up $265,011.

I believe the final $11 will be used to finance their second stretch goal: the rights to Uwe Boll’s Alone in the Dark.

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He's How Big? Check Out This Official Monster Size Guide!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00

Ever wondered exactly how big your favorite movie monster is in comparison to other beasties and maybe even yourself? Check out the graphic here to see just how everything sizes up.

Brought to us by the good people at TSG (Technology Services Group), the chart below documents everyone from the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man to the Xenomorph alien queen and so many in between.

By all means, dig into this collection of horror research and have some fun with it!

We're still wondering where Ron Jeremy fits in, but that's a story for another time...

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Exclusive: John Schneider Talks Smothered - Part 1

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:30

Written and directed by John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard”), Smothered is a kooky horror comedy bursting with blood-soaked cameos from the genre’s greatest icons such as Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, R. A. Mihailoff, Malcolm Danare, and Don Shanks.

When the bogeymen find themselves on the other side of the blade – wielded by a big-busted blonde, no less – they pull out all the stops.

We got a chance to chat with Schneider one to one, and here’s what he had to say about cinematically killing these guys off one by one. And be sure to check back tomorrow for my partner in crime, Doctor Gash's, follow-up interview.

Dread Central: You’ve assembled a really great cast for Smothered. Can you talk about how you approached them to play parodies of horror villains, and what some of the reactions were?

John Schneider: I've known Kane and Malcolm for years. First I went to Richard Brooker. Sadly, he passed away before I finished the first draft of the script. That's when I went to Kane. He read it and got right back to me. "Shit, John... It's like you've been following us around. The relationships are exactly right." That's when I knew I had something special.

DC: How’d you come up with the idea? And how did it evolve throughout writing, shooting, and finally editing?

JS: A friend of mine and I were drinking years ago... like 30 years ago... and he said, "Wouldn't it be cool to get Ted Bundy and Son of Sam and a bunch of serial killers together in a movie where they go camping and get killed one at a time by the sexy college co-ed?" I thought that was a cool idea but that there was no realistic catalyst/hook to cause a group of serial killers to go camping believably. 30 years later... in Dusseldorf, I'm sitting at the bar with several horror icons who had had a bad day selling. "If someone would give you a grand a piece to go haunt a trailer park right now, would you do it?" says me. They all said yes. That's when I knew I had the catalyst/hook. I finished my beer, went up to the room, and started writing.

By the time I got back to Louisiana, I had it about half done. Much of the heart in the movie happened on the set. I thought it was important for the audience to not only know the characters because of their body of work, but to also identify with their plight, life, and ultimately, their death. Each of the actors did something during the filming that made a light go off in my brain that said, "That's it! Malcolm wants to be liked. Trixie needs to be appreciated as a ballet dancer. Don needs to really be respected. Randy wants someone to know that he's a terrific Shakespearean actor, etc. The actors really came up with that layer and it's, honestly, my favorite part of the movie.

The only thing that changed in the editing process was the decision to show it out of order and use the little "bumpers" to keep people wondering where the pieces fit. That actually came as a result of people saying that they hated it that one of our most lovable icons dies so soon. Once I made one time jump, I had to make several more or it would seem more like a wart than a legitimate storytelling device.

DC: Most folks are going to talk about the male horror icons, but can you tell us about the ladies in the cast?

JS: Brea, Amy, and Shanna did an amazing job. It's hard to be pretty and evil. Brea does that perfectly. You can see that there is something a little "off" behind those pretty eyes. That's hard to do. Amy/Agness is actually a very pretty woman who is one year older than the girl playing her daughter. That shit is hard to do! Trixie is so multi-layered... confident, talented, needy, broken, den-motherish... Shanna moves from each emotion without a single seam or glitch. I was amazed at what she did every time she did it.

DC: Did Brea Grant have input on her character? What did she think about the prosthetics?

JS: Brea is what we old folks call a real "trooper." She had to come in a few days early to get a cast made of her torso so the boobs that were actually bigger than her head would fit properly. Never a complaint. Not even when she had to empty them of the accumulated sweat that had gathered behind them! I believe in a script being a fairly good road map to a character. In this case, Brea and I talked about what had damaged DD and how it affected her view of the icons, her family, and the world. Then I stepped back and watched her create this amazingly innocent, tragic, evil, beautiful girl.

DC: When it comes to the horror aspects of the film, I’m sure it was fun to come up with inventive ways to kill the “killers” – what’s your favorite death scene?

JS: R.A.'s death is my favorite. It's pure cinema. There are more than 50 cuts in that sequence, and we never actually had any of them on the same set at the same time. Think about it... we are below the ground with the cinder block and jack... at ground level with the bottom of the pole... inside Thelma with R.A. and Fritter and also up on the roof. None of that was shot in sequence. It's all an illusion of continuity created by sticking to a pretty good road map to begin with. I also don't think any film has quite done that sequence before. It all makes sense. It "could" happen!

DC: When I watched the movie, I didn’t really ‘get’ the structuring style… would you explain the reason behind the unusual editing choices?

JS: As an audience member, I like a puzzle. I like to feel as if I am involved with the story in some way. Telling this story out of sequence is an experiment for me. I believe that, since the structure is all actually there, that the story can be told in any order and actually make sense. Doing it this way also allows me to kill people when I want and be able to bring them back into the story. I find it very effective in films (take Old Yeller) to see a character alive and vibrant after I know that they have died in the story. It's a manipulation to be sure but one I think is effective. BTW... I did not like this manipulation in Pulp Fiction. Personally, I think it was used to spice up an otherwise weak story. But it worked great. It was a puzzle and we, the audience, felt smart for having put it together.

DC: Would you be into making a Smothered sequel?

JS: Smothered is actually the second film in a trilogy. There are questions asked in it (intentionally) that need to be answered like: 1-Why does DD think all the horror guys want everybody dead? 2-What the hell was it with Sid (her father) at the window? 3-Since Carl was her fiance, why did she kill him too? 4-Am I crazy... or does DD call Agness "Big Sister" in the very end? If so... what the hell is that all about? 5-Why does Agness say, "You know I hate this beach, girl" at the end? What happened there?

The prequel is called Suffered. It's the story of how DD got so screwed up in the first place. The sequel is called Striper. It's the story of how Kane took the worst experience of his life and turned it not only into a new horror icon without a mask... but also managed to get his "shit turd of a screenplay" produced and make the year’s biggest horror sensation!

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Ombis Now Called Not Human; Official Release Details, Artwork, and New Trailers

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:15

Ombis is a film we've talked about quite a bit around these parts, and with its fall release approaching, DefTone Pictures Studios and Origin Releasing have given it the title of Not Human along with sending over updated artwork and two new trailers.

Directed by Adam R. Steigert, Not Human stars Richard Satterwhite, Jason John Beebe, and Sara Manzella along with co-stars Kathy Murphy, Alexander Sloan McBryde, Brenda Rickert, and Aryn Fitzgerald.

Origin Releasing will release the film on VOD this September along with pushing it out to retail markets in October.

For more info be sure to visit the official Not Human website.

Synopsis:
Not Human follows the story of peaceful, rustic Metzburgh: a quiet village which was a former industrial town whose glory days are long past after the collapse of Metzburgh Grain. A meteorite crash lands in the peaceful community. Glen, a homeless ex-employee of the grain silos, gets too close to the crash site and a chemical poison sprays out of the meteorite, enveloping him. The chemical agent known only as Ombis begins to turn his insides into a slimy substance. Glen is discovered by lovebirds Mark and Lucy as the Ombis begins to consume Glen’s body and spread the alien infection.

Shocked by their gruesome discovery, Mark and Lucy contact the local sheriff, Thomas Brackett, who aids the traumatized couple. The collateral damage begins adding up as the virus starts to overrun the unsuspecting village. Adding to the chaos, a mysterious government special containment team shows up and attempts to keep order while trying to contain the alien plague.

Mark, Lucy, and Sheriff Brackett are stuck in the middle of an alien invasion where they must unite with the surviving townsfolk to take on the ever-growing army of mutated Metzburgh residents. With time running short before the government decides to eradicate the virus off the face of the earth, the group must figure out away to get out of the town before it’s too late.




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