On tap right now is the first TV spot for Oculus, which has been scaring the hell out of people at early screenings. This one cannot get here soon enough, kids! Check out the goodies for yourself!
Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent and The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.
Related Story: Mike Flanagan Reflects on the Horrors of Oculus
Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…
As promised, the first footage from the WWE's Leprechaun: Origins reboot is here, and though you don't get to spy what WWE Supertstar Hornswoggle looks like just yet, you can definitely get a feel for where the flick is going!
Leprechaun: Origins also stars Stephanie Bennett, Teach Grant (The Tall Man, Devour, Repeaters, “Cult”), Bruce Blain (“Supernatural”), Adam Boys, and Brendan Fletcher ("The Killing," Freddy vs. Jason, 13 Eerie).
The original Leprechaun, which featured comedic elements, followed an evil leprechaun searching for his pot of gold while avoiding four-leaf clovers. “The tone [of Origins] is going to be a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember, trying to find a way to please fans of that genre; but at the same time this is really being played for scares,” said WWE president Michael Luisi in an earlier interview.
Producers are keeping details of Harris Wilkinson's script under wraps to keep the franchise's new direction a secret.
The first teaser trailer is here for Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari (translated: Ju-On: The Beginning of the End), and it's filled with the kind of sounds that to this day sends shivers down our backs. Check it out!
Ochiai Masayuki (Infection, Hypnosis and the 2008 remake of Shutter) is directing. Thus far Nozomi Sasaki has been cast along with Kai Kobayashi as the dreaded Toshio Saeki.
The flick is filming now with a release date slated for June 28.
An elementary school teacher named Yui (Sasaki) visits the home of a boy named Toshio Saeki (Kobayashi), who's been absent from school for a long period of time. When she arrives, she re-lives the horrific tragedy which occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. A cardboard box left in a closet holds the key to revealing a long-hidden truth.
Fans of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles have been over the moon since learning that Prince Lestat, a new installment in the series, is heading our way in October, and now the official synopsis and artwork have arrived along with pre-ordering info!
Knopf is releasing Prince Lestat on October 28th. At present only the hardcover edition is listed for pre-order, but Anne assured us that the Kindle, Nook, and eBook versions of the book will also be available on the publication date.
A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return... From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology—a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.
“What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again...” —from The Vampire Lestat
Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of The Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces—the characters, legend, and lore of all The Vampire Chronicles.
The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis... vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.
As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, 4th century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all The Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet; Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia, along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is and to discover the secret of what it desires and why...
And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat...
Veteran horror contributor and all-around cool guy Larry Fessenden has a lot of acting, directing and producing credits to his name. But he's never worked with anything quite like he did on Beneath. Fessenden recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about his new film.
First he gave us a brief synopsis of what viewers can expect when they hitch their anchor to Beneath. "It's a stylish little horror film about six teenagers stuck in a rowboat with a malevolent force under the water trying to get them," Fessenden said.
"It's a movie about the decisions they make to get out of the dilemma, and they're not all pretty decisions."
Indeed the film, which at first glance appears to be a monster movie, certainly has other, more devious intentions for viewers as they get deeper into the story and the characters become much less friendly with each other. "I'm a director with that sort of agenda on my mind. Life is what it is, but it's how you respond to it. So I make movies about people behaving badly. I find that to be an interesting topic," Fessenden said. "And the script sort of leant itself to that. I always say Jaws is a movie about a malevolent fish and three guys you really love. For one reason or another they're very charming. Whereas in this movie, the fish is just doing what it does. It doesn't have quite as much malevolence. But the way people react, that's kind of the story in this case, and that worked for me. I think that's what the original writers had in mind."
But the first thing that will grab viewers' attention in Beneath is a giant lake fish which terrorizes the teens stuck in a rowboat. And the veteran monster movie viewer will quickly realize the creature is a practical prop, not computer generated. "I pitched to Chiller that we'd have a real puppet. I had no interest in doing a CGI monster," Fessenden said. "It's not that I don't love CGI; it works in a lot of movies. But quite honestly, you need a lot of money to sell that stuff. I think it's tougher to sell than a rubber puppet, personally. So they agreed, just because it's sort of charming. People think, 'Why not? We'll have a big prop fish.' Well, then, of course, we had to make it."
And the making of the fish was a story in itself. "We hired our guys out of LA, and I sent them some sketches of the creature I pictured in my mind. It was pretty vague. It just said…giant fish," Fessenden said. "So we did some sketches and I did some Photoshop compositing and I sent them that. Then they had to build an enormous clay sculpture and they'd send me photos and I'd send them notes like, 'I think the gills should be more like this…' I'd draw on the pictures and we eventually got to where we made a mold, but it was really the talent of the sculptors that created this beautiful prop."
Fessenden continued on the adventures of the fish. "Then it got shipped to New York and it went in the water with two puppeteers who would wear wetsuits and they'd go under the water and drag this fish around on a little line. It was incredibly old school," he said. "It was just basically a huge inanimate object. Each shot required a different approach. If you wanted the jaws to move, maybe you had to be on a platform manhandling that. It was arduous but cool because you're forced to break down the exact shot you wanted and get the fish to behave the way it has to just for that shot, and that was the toughest part."
And although the giant prop is all handmade with good old fashioned elbow grease, the filmmakers did use just a dash of CGI for a couple finishing touches. "I think a lot of the last-minute details were accomplished though a little bit of CGI on top," Fessenden said. "It gives it some life and the eye was sort of our main focus for that kind of thing. And they don't make practical monsters so much anymore. I'm reminded of the Jurassic Park days, which were notoriously CG…but, of course, they really aren’t. They were enormous puppets. Beautiful creatures, huge armatures and even quite heavy and dangerous, and I came from that tradition."
Fessenden drew from knowledge of the creation of the greatest giant fish movie of all time to help him decide where to film Beneath. "At first, you say, 'Are we going to film in a tank, in a controlled environment?' And I said, 'Absolutely not!' I drew from the experiences of Spielberg on Jaws, and of course, he had a miserable time and I don't think he ever recovered, but it made the movie so wonderful and we wanted to have a similar relationship to the set and really be out on the water on this lake," Fessenden said. "So we built this huge platform and we dragged it out into the middle of this lake and we'd have to take a boat out every day, four guys at a time, to get 30 people out there, and then we'd be out there, stuck. If you wanted to go to the bathroom, it'd be 15 minutes back and forth. It slows down production."
"Then we decided to put that beautiful crane on there, which was also ill-advised, but we went for it. I wanted the high-angle shots that made the whole thing look kinda dreamy. I didn't want to do the traditional handheld for that. I wanted something a little more elegant and stylized so we got the crane out there. And then every day at the end of the day the fish guys would swim that huge prop out into the middle of the lake, and we'd have an hour or so to do three seconds of film."
The original script has one of the characters filming all the action with a handheld camera. To add additional style to the movie, filmmakers tapped into that camera and used it to add a found-footage element to Beneath. "I think it does add realism because that's footage that's not going to be controlled," Fessenden said. "As I said, I deliberately told the story with our movie camera with an elegance and almost a distance so I loved having the immediacy of the GoPro footage. And also I chose, for better or worse, to have the only kill onscreen be filmed by that camera."
"It's a stylistic choice, and I've always liked mixing formats. Even when I was a kid, I'd make videos and have an entire robbery scene that was in Super 8. It sort of helped transport the viewer into another reality and so was sort of the agenda there. And it was in the script as well that he was filming them all. It was part of the story."
And although the conditions were not stellar, Fessenden was blessed with a cast that knew how to get things done. "The actors were awesome," he said. "They'd sit in the little rowboat. They had umbrellas so they didn't get sunstroke. They would sit there while the crew dicked around, and then we'd be ready for a shot and be off and running. We shot pretty much in order, which is cool. And as each character actor died, they would go home. I feel like the actors had this real sense of loss as each one of them left the shoot until there were just the two left."
Fans of 80's horror will certainly watch Beneath and recall another group of teens trapped in a similar situation in Creepshow 2. Fessenden discussed this film and other influences. "I watched a lot of the lake monster movies and stuff, and honestly, 'The Raft' segment in Creepshow 2 is really one of the best," Fessenden said. "It's got the creepiest vibe even though there's no real monster, just this goop, or whatever it was. It's almost my favorite of all of them. In that regard, it was an influence. Obviously Jaws was an influence and a movie called Lifeboat by Hitchcock. Different movies have approached these problems in one way or another. What I didn't find particularly helpful were things like Lake Placid and Shark Night 3D."
Finally, the idea that Beneath had a sort of 70's feel to it was brought up, and Fessenden discussed why that might be. "I think a lot of that comes from personal tastes, even the colors," he said. "As the director, you choose the costumes, and oddly enough, in a movie like this, there's only going to be one costume on each character, which really limits that. It could just be my tastes, honestly."
"And even the boat. I wanted an old, wooden boat as it had to do with the grandfather and have a sense of history living in the frame. I also think, in a novel way, movies that spend a lot of time on character already feel like 70's movies because they don't do that as much anymore."
Beneath is now available on Blu-ray/DVD and VOD.
When a group of young friends commemorating their high school graduation take a trip to the remote Black Lake, their celebration turns into a nightmare with the sudden appearance of a bloodthirsty, underwater predator. Stuck in a leaking boat with no oars, the teens face the ultimate tests of friendship and sacrifice during a terror-stricken fight for survival. Beneath is written by Tony Daniel and Brian D. Smith and directed by horror icon Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Habit). Produced by Fessenden and Peter Phok for Glass Eye Pix (Stake Land, The Innkeepers, I Sell The Dead).
Between 1963 and 1965, ABC aired 49 episodes of the strange and the macabre in "The Outer Limits" (review). In honor of its 50th birthday, Creature Features is releasing The Outer Limits at 50 and celebrating with a premiere event that coincides with the opening of a new art exhibit.
Creature Features is proud to present a one-of-a-kind book: THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50, written and edited by David J. Schow, author of the essential OUTER LIMITS COMPANION and the world’s leading expert on the series.
This unprecedented look at the beloved show presents over 150 new pages of rare photographs and collectibles—including many in full color, unearthed here for the first time ever.
Published exclusively by Creature Features, with a lavish introduction by original OUTER LIMITS zine publisher Ted C. Rypel, this limited trade paperback is jam-packed with never-before-published publicity and making-of photos, five decades of rare merchandise, exclusive photos of surviving props, plus stunning, newly commissioned OUTER LIMITS artworks from legendary artists Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Steve Bissette, and more!
The book ships in late March. Click here for pre-ordering info.
Now, as for the book release/art tribute event tie-in, here are the details:
"There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set"
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 6:00-10:00 pm
Creature Features Store and Gallery — 2904 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
Featuring newly commissioned paintings, illustrations, and sculptures alongside original props and vintage memorabilia from the show.
Participating artists include Steve Bissette, Tim Bradstreet, Norman Cabrera, Monte Christiansen, Ken Daly, Ricardo Delgado, Frank Dietz, John Fasano, Wolf Forrest, Garrett Immel, Phil Joyce, Bob Lizzaraga, Rebecca Lord, Gregory Manchess, Ken Mitchroney, Kemo (aka Ken Morgan), Rafael Navarro, Greg Nicotero, Mike Parks, Jeff Pittarelli, Eric October, Tim Polecat, Mike Soznowski, William Stout, Woody Welch, Bernie Wrightson, and more.
If you’re unable to attend the opening reception, the exhibit runs thru April 12th during regular store hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.
We told you about the new Korean horror flick Flu back in January, and time has flown, kids! The flick is hitting DVD tomorrow, March 18th, and right now we have an infectious new and exclusive clip for you that's nothing to sneeze at! Check it out!
Sung-su Kim (Beat, Scream City) delivers the viscous viral outbreak thriller Flu, debuting on DVD March 18th from CJ Entertainment.
The all-star cast includes Hyuk Jang (The Client), Soo Ae (Sunny, A Family), Yoo Hae-jin (Musa-The Warrior, King and the Clown), and newcomer Min-ah Park.
A human trafficker is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a Bundang hospital, covered in red rashes and coughing up blood. Less than 24 hours after the death of the first patient, similar cases are reported all over Bundang. The medics despair over the super-virus that has no known cure, but they soon find hope when they hear of a sole survivor who may have developed antibodies against this ruthless viral mutation.
As medical professionals rush to find the sole individual with the potential key for a cure, fatalities rise, and soon the government has no choice but to quarantine the city. Amidst the ensuing panic, wild desperation, and violence, the struggle for life between the infected and non-infected begins to spiral out of control.
After a strong premiere at last year's SXSW Film Festival and currently available on VOD/iTunes, The Butcher Brothers' Holy Ghost People (review here) is arriving on DVD from XLrator Media next month, April 8th to be exact.
The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).
Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star.
Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate.
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It's been awhile since we've posted an installment in our Tabletop Terrors series, but since we're getting a new Godzilla movie this year, it seems only right to talk about King of Tokyo from Iello Games.
King of Tokyo was designed by legendary designer Richard Garfield. He also created this little game called Magic: The Gathering. You may have heard of it.
What kind of game is KoT? Well, it has the simplest board you'll ever see. The board has two spaces on it.
Unless a whole bunch of people are playing, you'll only use one of those spaces. It also has dice and cards. Is it a dice game? A card game? A board game?
Each player chooses a monster. These are very cleverly named to avoid all copyright infringement claims but are clearly modeled after big critters we all know and love. The giant ape is The King, the giant radioactive lizard is GigaZaur, the robotic giant lizard is MechDragon, and so on. In the base game the monster chosen really doesn't matter, but in the near-mandatory Power Up Expansion, each one has its own "Evolution" cards that allow them to gain new powers specific to them as the game progresses.
There's also a Halloween Expansion with two new monsters, Pumpkin Jack and Boogey Woogey (which come with their own sets of Evolution cards); "Costume" cards, and lots more.
When play begins, the first player to roll an attack symbol takes over Tokyo. Once there, when they attack, they attack everyone outside Tokyo. However, everyone else attacks THEM. They can only leave Tokyo once they're attacked; then they can choose to switch with their attacker, putting them in the hot seat.
The problem is, you only score victory points when you're in Tokyo. The first monster to 20 wins the game!
Every player rolls six special dice on their turn. The dice have numbers and symbols. The numbers represent energy, and the symbols represent attacks and health. Roll 3 of a number, and you collect that many energy tokens. Roll an attack symbol, and that's an attack point. Roll a health symbol, and you regain a point of health.
It's the dice that drive the game, but as you'll see from the above photo, cards play into it as well. You use your collected energy token to purchase ability cards. These cards provide their owners with special abilities that make them stronger, healthier, or allow them to do more damage to their opponents. Some stick around for good; others are used once and then discarded.
Using abilities to modify things, players take turns at the dice. You have three chances to finalize your roll. Each roll you can save as many of your dice as you like or re-roll. By doing so, you can shoot for specific goals, such as a focused attack or a gain of many energy tokens.
Since you cannot regain health if you are in Tokyo, the game becomes a fast-paced slam-fest where players try to take down the current King before they score enough points to win. Managing your health while gaining points is the key to success.
KoT inevitably becomes a festival of trash talk. A great game to break out with friends, most of the abilities (and the expansion packs' Evolutions) are effectively dick moves. Much like Munchkin, the name of the game is screwing over your friends for maximum gain. Steal their abilities, knock them out of Tokyo, or force them in when they're hurting and can't survive the focus. Either way, the objective is coming out on top, and giant monsters don't play nice.
Like most of Garfield's games, this is a masterpiece of design. It falls outside most genre staples yet is easy to learn and incredibly fun to play for novice and veteran alike. Once you add in the expansions, you'll quickly find a monster whose style fits yours, and you'll be ripping the limbs off your buddies in no time.
Learn more about King of Tokyo at the Iello Games website.
It's Monday; you're grumpy and already want the week over with. We're right there with ya! So how about we blow off a little steam by digging on this exclusive clip from The Dinosaur Experiment?
It’s kill... or be killed... in The Dinosaur Experiment, aka Raptor Ranch, coming to VOD on April 1, 2014, and DVD on May 6, 2014, from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Fossil Ridge, once believed to be a cattle ranch, is discovered to be a breeding ground for vicious prehistoric velociraptors. When the bloodthirsty dinosaurs escape, the townspeople must fight to survive.
The Dinosaur Experiment stars Lorenzo Lamas (USA’s "Renegade," CBS’s "The Bold and the Beautiful"), Donny Boaz (The Con-Test, Killer School Girls from Outer Space, The Great Debaters), Declan Joyce (Now Here, Six, Scorched), Lexy Hulme (Lord of Tears), and Jana Mashonee.
Fossil Ridge, a quaint little town in Texas, is 100 miles from anywhere... home to one gas station, which doubles as a diner, and not much else. But the sleepy community is abruptly turned upside down when it’s discovered that a local cattle ranch is actually a breeding ground for ferocious velociraptors—bloodthirsty dinosaurs long thought extinct. When the vicious beasts escape, the terrified townspeople must fight to survive the deadly, prehistoric killers.
Peta Sergeant Talks Patrick's Chills and Tension, Working with GoT's Charles Dance, Joining The Originals, and More
Peta Sergeant joins "The Originals" tomorrow night, but maybe you already caught her over the weekend in her saucy nurse’s uniform in the remake of 1978’s Aussie cult classic Patrick.
It’s just now available on VOD (unleashed on Friday the 14th), and I do highly recommend it. I never did see the original – but I love the whole idea of a supposedly comatose patient (the titular Patrick, played by Jackson Gallagher) who’s actually sentient… and maybe even evil.
Deftly directed by Mark Hartley (who previously did the well-received doc on Australian horror films Not Quite Hollywood), Patrick (review here) has a great old-school dread to it I just know everyone will want to see (and here's hoping everyone will want to read this interview with the delightful Ms. Sergeant as well)!
For you "Originals" fans, on Page 2 Peta gives her take on new character Francesca, a beautiful woman from a powerful New Orleans family who approaches Elijah with an intriguing offer of support.
Dread Central: I haven’t seen the original Patrick so I was curious to know if you had seen it before you took this on.
Peta Sergeant: I didn’t before I took it on, but when I was cast, of course, I had to go find it and see what it was all about. And it was fun. It was a fun movie and definitely a product of its time. I think Mark’s done an amazing job. I think he has done a lot more than just remake the original film. He kind of made a whole new film.
The original Patrick is much a product of that 70s era filmmaking, and it's definitely a product of the times it was made. It's very Goth in cinema and the hospital setting and has florescent lighting. It’s a product of its time, and Mark has really taken all of its ideas and some of the images from the original film and translated them into this amazing Gothic thriller. He actually has translated the genre as much as the film.
DC: I have to say, I was really impressed when I saw his remake in the context of how beautiful it is. It’s very Gothic with the lighting and the camera angles.
PS: And it's very chilling too, you know. I think that is something that he struck a balance between - capturing some of the high tension that comes out of that generation of horror films in the past, kind of B-movie. He has kind of enhanced it. He has kept the best parts of that and the worst parts were discarded, and he just reset it in this amazing kind of very chilling atmosphere.
So I think he has done a great job of balancing out the sort of thriller chiller parts of the movie that don’t exist in the original Patrick. And I think that is something he has done really cleverly, which is what people want. And I think he managed with the production design and what he could with Robbie Perkins and Gary Richards, our DP/Cinematographer; they just created something that is so beautiful to look at and thought of as art house. They really created something brand new.
DC: Mark’s documentary Not Quite Hollywood made a pretty big splash about the Ozploitation genre and all those films of the 70’s and how they were influenced by lesser-known Australian auteurs. So I know that he is already an accomplished filmmaker, but this is his first narrative film… what made you decide you wanted to sign up for this?
PS: I believe Mark had become familiar with my work through another film I had just done a year before with Justin Dix called Crawlspace. Justin and Mark were friends and knew each other in long track in Melbourne and from both being huge fans of genre fiction. He contacted me, and we Skyped a conversation. And he really conveyed what he wanted to do with the new film, and a lot of that was in the script as well. You could almost hear the music. But it was very heightened, and I really loved the character. She really drew me in from the beginning. I had a lot of questions about her, but the opportunity to work with Charlie Dance and Rachel Griffiths is something you don’t really say 'no' to.
I was one of those people that started watching "Game of Thrones" in its third season and was like, 'This is too much for me.' But I am a big fan at that point - it was an around Season Two kind of point - and that is a big opportunity for any actor.
DC: So what was Charles Dance like, reality vs. expectation?
PS: Ah, he was amazing! He was fantastic. He's just so delightful. He was just everything you expect a fabulous English gentleman to be. He was absolutely delightful and charming and a bit naughty. He is just a very generous type of guy. I think that was the thing that took me most by surprise. You are just never sure if someone is going to hang out in their dressing room or what they are going to be like, and that’s all fair enough when people are working to be focused and stuff, and there is nothing wrong with that. He was just so much fun and extremely generous, myself and the other actors included, and yes, just a really cool guy to hang out with.
DC: You also hang out with a guy that is so cool and laid back that he is in a coma in this movie! So what was it like to work with Jackson Gallagher? Was that really him lying there?
PS: Yes, there was no double or latex body; it was all Jackson. No dummy body there, ever. He is awesome, but he has this… Actually when I saw the film, when it premiered in Melbourne, I was so delighted to see [something] I didn’t know if they were going to keep in the edit, but they [did]… we all burst out laughing.
I don’t know if you recall it, but there is a scene when we are changing the bed clothes and Patrick is lying in the bed. I am quite rough with him, you know. We just kept doing it, and Mark was like, 'Just be rougher, rougher, rougher,’ and Jackson… I actually never worked horror movies cause I am scared so easily. They are a lot of fun to make, but I just can't watch them. I am so jumpy. And Mark, he said to me, ‘I now know why you keep getting cast in these movies; it's because you have the most epic scream. You just have a scream made for horror pictures. That is one hell of a set of pipes you got on there.’ And when Jackson found that out, he just made it his mission to scare me whenever possible.
So we were shooting that scene, and they would call 'Cut,' and poor Jackson just had to lie there hooked up to these bits and had the art department unhook and hook it up. It was just too much. You know when moving the camera it's going to be ten minutes, and Johnny and Peter, you can step aside; Jackson, sorry, you have to lie there. And he just made it his mission to just scare me, which he did very successfully many times that day. And so as a little payback when the cameras were rolling, you might think that’s funny when the cameras aren’t rolling, but wait, I am going to get you when the cameras are rolling. And so as kind of a little payback, I kind of made it my mission to scare him, which he never did. He never even blinked; it was amazing.
DC: You mentioned that you have been cast in some other horror things. I noticed that you have "The Originals" now. What’s the story on that?
PS: It’s actually a spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries"… the same creator and producer. It's werewolves, witches, vampires; and these characters are the Originals, which are vampires that cannot die. They have other powers as well. [One of] the Originals [is] a… hybrid. You know… mixed blood in the lineage... So they have all of the supernatural powers in them. They can't die, they are completely immortal, not susceptible to the same things other vampires are, so they live for like thousands and thousands of years. And it's surrounded around the drama [of] everyone knows that family is tough, but what happens when you have to live with your family for thousands of years? (laughter)
So it's kind of defining the different supernatural elements but also the infighting and betrayal within the Original family. I come in, and when I enter the scene, there are all these different factions and elements all living and plotting…
When I enter... I kind of find my way in and manage to become the person that is around and make myself a kind of integral part of negotiations. Each faction is represented by someone. The werewolve by somebody and the witches and the Originals. So I kind of come in and become the central leader of the human faction. I think it will be fun; as much as everybody loves the supernatural, I think people will love to go, ‘Oh great, there is a human who is going to be in the faction, too.’ It's like the humans don’t have any power, they don’t have anything going for them, so I kind of come in and go, ‘Yes, we do.’ Which is fun.
When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.
Writer/director Eric Red (known for the films Near Dark, The Hitcher, and 100 Feet) decided to take werewolves in a whole new direction in his latest horror novel, The Guns of Santa Sangre, set in old Mexico.
Red's tale revolves around a trio of gunfighters up against a group of particularly hairy adversaries with an Old West background. The Guns of Santa Sangre is Red's second book. He calls it "…the most blood-splattered, furriest, fanged, bullet-riddled, action-packed hell-for-leather ride you've ever saddled up for."
They're hired guns. The best at what they do. They've left bodies in their wake across the West. But this job is different. It'll take all their skill and courage. And very special bullets. Because their targets this time won't be shooting back. They'll fight back with ripping claws, tearing fangs, and animal cunning. They're werewolves...
A pack of bloodthirsty wolfmen has taken over a small Mexican village, and the gunmen are the villagers' last hope. The light of the full moon will reveal the deadliest showdown the West has ever seen—three men with six-shooters facing off against snarling, inhuman monsters.
The book's available now from Samhain Publishing. For more info on The Guns of Santa Sangre and the author, visit the official Eric Red website.
We had such fun bringing you our Valentine's Day pointers that we, Doctor Gash (Scott Hallam) and Ms. Vampy (Brooke Lewis), have reunited to help you find some of that oh, so elusive good luck on St. Patrick's Day.
First, Ms. Vampy provided us with four can't miss tips on how to get lucky on St. Patty's Day. And in a quest to turn absolutely everything horrific, Gash found a way to relate even the most positive self-help tips to your favorite horror movies.
Top o' the mornin' to ya!
Ms. Vampy's Tip #1
CHOOSE IT-Our thoughts create our feelings, so choose and think your luck! Visualize it. Feel it. Law of Attraction it. Tell yourself how lucky you are!
Choose it, indeed. That's great advice. If you see it, you can make it a reality. Such was the case for American Psycho's Patrick Bateman. He was a successful businessman and a stud with the ladies, even the ones he wasn't paying. Sure, all that focusing and visualization may have been one of the factors that contributed to him cracking and becoming a sociopathic murderer, but then again, the seeds for that unfortunate turn were probably planted years before. If anyone knew how to picture it and make it happen, it was Patrick Bateman.
Ms. Vampy's Tip #2
REPEAT THE PAST-Think about some of the luckiest times in your life, and repeat the steps it took you to get there. Lay the foundation. Do your homework. Prepare. Take action!
Again, Ms. Vampy hits it right on the head with another outstanding idea. What better way to create success than to remember what led you to previous successes and proceed thusly? But you have to be sure you are focusing on positive events from the past before you proceed because once you get in that mindset, it's tough to break out of it. Jack Torrance found that out the hard way in The Shining when The Overlook Hotel decided to help Jack reenact the past. Although Jack just wanted to get through the winter and collect his caretaker's money, the hotel was hoping for another round of murder and mayhem, this time by the hand of Mr. Torrance. Grady, Torrance, what's the difference, right? If you can swing an axe, you're a-okay to The Overlook and its ghostly residents.
Ms. Vampy's Tip #3
LUCK BY ASSOCIATION-Surround yourself with lucky people. Surround yourself with successful people. Surround yourself with people who have what you want. Rub these people like you would a rabbit’s foot!!! :)
Success breeds success; this is absolutely true. And who better to show you the way to good luck and good fortune than someone who has managed to find their own way there? Sure, your path to good luck might not be the same as someone else's, but just being with the right people is sometimes a big leg up. Unfortunately, as much as med student Mary Mason tried to surround herself with the best and the brightest in American Mary, things didn't turn out like she was hoping. The surgeons she so looked up to turned out to be a bunch of shits, especially Dr. Grant (although he certainly got his comeuppance), and it wasn't until Mary surrounded herself with a completely different group of people, the body modified, that she was truly elevated to a higher level. I think it was best said by a T-shirt in Walmart…You can't soar with the eagles if you're surrounded by turkeys. Ah, we find wisdom in the strangest places.
Ms. Vampy's Tip #4
WORK FOR IT- Sometimes we create our "luck" with good old-fashioned hard work! Start that business, produce that movie, save your money for a trip to Italy. Luck will come because you made it happen!
Here's a novel idea: work! Unfortunately in our society the idea of hard work to get ahead seems to be becoming an archaic theory, but indeed, there is no better recipe for success than some elbow grease and putting your nose to the grindstone (feel free to insert your own additional clichés here). The examples of this in horror are numerous. In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Drayton Sawyer kept his boys in line and with a little blood, sweat and tears turned himself into a chili cookoff champion. In Psycho, Norman Bates single-handedly ran a successful motel. Martin in Human Centipede 2 truly labored over his dream experiment, and Jigsaw from the Saw series certainly put all possible efforts into his work. But here we must recognize Oh Dae-su from Oldboy. He was imprisoned for 15 years but used that time to better himself. He came out as a lethal weapon. But then he was forced to jump through hoops to first figure out who his captor was, why he was imprisoned, and finally why was he released. Oh Dae-su certainly was a man who worked for it. Unfortunately, when he found what he was looking for, it completely broke him, but you know what they say... Be careful what you wish for!
Happy St. Patty's Day, Dreadies! Hey, how did we get through this whole article without one mention of Leprechaun? What the hell?
Charlene Amoia, who’s now famous for being “the Mother” on the ever-popular TV sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," had only appeared in an episode or two before we caught up with her on the set of the gory new organ-theft thriller, Vitals.
Far from the cushy network TV gig, she spends her days covered in fake bruises and blood, sequestered in a remote independent studio in the San Fernando Valley. In Vitals, Amoia plays Dr. Jane Carson, a woman whose medical degree gets her nowhere after her husband is kidnapped and surgically plundered for his kidneys right before her eyes. Still, the knowledge does come in handy – read on, to find out what she has to say about that.
Dread Central: So, what sort of doctor do you play in this film?
Charlene Amoia: I’m not sure, because only part that that comes into play is when her husband’s kidney gets removed, she is able by looking through the hole in the wall that she is able to talk him through opening it back up and fixing it because there's massive internal bleeding. So, other than that, that's all that's really dealt with.
DC: These themes are so upsetting to a lot of people, but I think there's a lot to play with the urban myth and the horror aspect and the physical parts of it.. what, among those things, made you want to be in Vitals?
CA: The script is really well written and this role specifically is an amazing role for a woman to play. I mean, I just fell in love with it. It's one of those roles that you would do a theatre piece in because it's really juicy and often times we don't get those roles with TV and film so it was a really easy decision for me, it was something that was going to be challenging and require a lot of emotions and colors and fun in the same time. I'm playing a woman who appears to be a victim who turns out to be not so much the victim. And it's just great. It's really juicy.
DC: What's the tone of the film? I mean, is there any levity in it or is it all pretty harrowing?
CA: It's harrowing. Completely. If there is any levity, it would be with Sachin's character who you just interviewed because you know he's a bad guy but there's a callousness that brings humor with his stuff, so depending on how it's edited and all that, that will bring some funny possibly if they decide to go that way.
DC: Well, he mentioned that you guys had been shooting for almost a week now… so what kind of things have you done on set that you maybe were surprised- as you were reading the script maybe you thought "Oh this is going to be easy" but then it wasn't- is there any scene that kind of stands out that you've shot so far?
CA: Because I'm alone in my motel room, there's no other actual other characters once they throw me in there. The whole movie I'm pretty much talking through the hole in the wall to my husband or on the phone, but I'm with myself. So the first three days of shooting were only me, all of my scenes, just my half, so it was the most amount of material I've ever had to prepare in such a short period of time. Monday, I had 20 pages and three huge scenes. One of them was this huge monologue were I'm pouring my heart out. So I guess that was my biggest surprise was getting the schedule and seeing that I'm going first, and it's all of my stuff, and there's no turn around so there's no time to even breathe, you know?
DC: How did you feel in that moment?
CA: Completely overwhelmed and panicked. Even just memorizing it. And the work goes way further than just the memorization. Just even the task of memorizing a whole script and being ready to go for three days, so that was a great challenge. The benefit of it was I didn't have time to over think anything. I just had to know the material and then let my instincts take over and that was a beautiful thing.
DC: It's so good to have that behind you now!
CA: Oh yeah! Now I just have little bits and pieces. So I feel better.
DC: What is the organ of choice that these people are harvesting?
CA: They harvest his kidney, and then are coming to do his heart.
DC: Ouch! Yeah, he's not going to survive that one, I don't think!
CA: Right, exactly!
DC: Does Vitals have a similar feel to Turistas or Hostel or some of those films? Are you a fan of those?
CA: I'm not a fan of scary things. Just, you know they get into my psyche, so I don't really watch them, but someone had referenced Saw because you know…
DC: Right, you wake up in a strange room.
CA: Yeah, you're in a room. And so I watched it to kind of get an idea of the world, but yeah I don't really jump out to go see those movies.
DC: Well let's hope a lot of other people will!
CA: Yeah, yeah, well there's a huge market! Most people love this stuff.
DC: So what kind of scenes have you got coming up today?
CA: Well, today is where they kind of abduct us and throw us into the room and knock us out. Later today I have the second part of the scene where I actually go and kill someone which you don't really see coming and will require a lot of emotion and stuff. But it's not heavy in the dialogue area, so that's a relief.
DC: I watched you getting thrown around a little bit on the monitor there. Do you enjoy that aspect of it?
CA: No, it's my least favorite part of it. I get scared that someone's going to have an accident. There's just a bunch of big guys whaling around and I don't like to be around it. You know? So this is probably my least favorite.
Vitals comes to us from writer/director Marc Morgenstern. Christopher Showerman, Sachin Metha, Tim Russ, and Claudia Wells co-star. In it Showerman stars as an unassuming electrician who wakes up in an abandoned motel room in a tub of ice with his kidney missing. It’s only a matter of time before he finds his wife in the adjacent room waiting to be the next victim to a horrible organ harvesting organization. Now they must use each other’s wits and skills to escape before their captors return and their dark secrets are revealed.
The iconic 80s slasher flick Slumber Party Massacre is coming out tomorrow, March 18, for the first time on Blu-ray, and our good friends from Scream Factory are sponsoring yet another awesome contest.
Scream Factory is giving one Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray AND one blood-splattered pillowcase to each contest winner. This time there will be TWO winners!
This is what the Slumber Party Massacre pillowcase looks like. The pillowcase is out of stock at Scream Factory, but you can also search for the item on eBay to see how much it is worth!
Dread Central readers can enter this contest by sending us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
If the link doesn't work for you (because your browser is not set up with your email program), email us directly at email@example.com with the subject line as "Slumber Party Massacre". Don't forget to include your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS.
Please note that this contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only.
This contest will end on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12 midnight PT. Please note that by entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Scream Factory/Shout! Factory use of your email address.
If you cannot wait, you can buy the Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray directly from Scream Factory's website.
From the Press Release
This March 2014, loyal fans and horror enthusiasts are invited to join SCREAM FACTORY™ for the ultimate sleepover when Amy Holden Jones’ THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, starring Michele Michaels (Death Wish 4: The Crackdown), Robin Stille (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama), Michael Villela (Wild Orchid) and Andree Honore (Strange Reality), debuts on Blu-ray™ for the first time on March 18, 2014. This highly collectible Blu-ray edition features new high definition transfer and killer bonus content. A must-have for all slasher fans and movie collectors, this definitive Blu-ray release of THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE is priced to own at $24.97 SRP.
THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (1982) helped define the slasher film ethos of the 1980s. Put together by first-time director Amy Holden from a script, titled “Don’t Open the Door," by celebrated author Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle), the film was an immediate hit for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, eventually spawning two sequels and became a staple in mom-and-pop corner video stores of the 1980s.
When Trish (Michele Michaels) decides to invite her high school girls’ basketball teammates over for a slumber party, she has no idea the night is going to end with an unexpected guest – an escaped mental patient and his portable power drill – crashing the party in the cult classic, The Slumber Party Massacre.
Have you recovered from tonight's episode of "The Walking Dead" yet? When you have regained your strength from the wallop from tonight's emotional episode, take a look "inside" Ep. 4.14, "The Grove," followed by a sneak peek of Ep. 4.15, "Us."
If you haven't watched tonight's episode yet, consider this your spoiler alert warning. Otherwise, grab your tissues and watch the most talked about scene again below and learn how the episode was made.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.
The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.15 - "Us" (airs 3/23/14)
Faith becomes a survival tool for some fighting to stay alive.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
The official poster for Jim Jarmusch's vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive (review) has been let out of the coffin, and we have every toothy pixel of it right here for you to chew on. Check it out!
Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tilda Swinton as Eve, a grungy but erudite vampire who's married to a forlorn vampire musician, Adam, played by Tom Hiddleston. Several-hundred-year-old Adam (of Biblical fame) has been living quite happily ever since being expelled from the Garden of Eden--that is, until the 21st century came along with its excesses and greed and pushed him into a full-flung existential crisis.
He cracks and orders a wooden bullet to kill himself.
Adam and Eve are not about blood-sucking and murder but are refined lovers of literature, science, music, and learning in general. When Eve's estranged sister (Mia Wasikowska) "drinks" Ian, a friend, to death, Eve tells her off, saying that in the 21st century people won't understand such barbarity. It's not like they can just dump the bodies in the Thames with the tuberculosis sufferers like in old times, she says. Now, in the 21st century, they get their blood from the transfusion section of a hospital. Alongside this, John Hurt plays a vampire Christopher Marlowe, who's still bitter that Shakespeare became more famous.
In the film vampires elegantly cover their mouths and have a strange ritual with gloves that goes unexplained, but at heart it's the story of Adam and Eve, who try to rekindle their love despite living in different places, he in Detroit and she in Tangiers. It is as touching as it is odd. The love story between immortal beings also raised philosophical questions for leading man Hiddleston, who said playing Adam was a "fascinating prospect" — a chance to break away from his more conventional superhero roles like Loki in Marvel Studios' Thor films. "The idea of exploring love in the context of immortality — is (it) a blessing because it recurs, and what does that do to your commitments?" he said.
It took Jarmusch seven years to find a backer, and he explains why: "I wanted to make a vampire love story... The reason it took so long was that no one wanted to give us the money. It's getting more and more and more difficult for films that are maybe a little unusual or not predictable or not satisfying the expectations of everybody — which is the beauty of cinema, discovering new films of all forms."
Look for it in theaters on April 11th
Just two episodes remain in Season 1 of "Helix," and things are getting really tense up in the Arctic. This batch of stills and a sneak peek of Episode 1.12, "The Reaping," hold a few clues of how things are going to work out for our folks from the CDC.
The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.
"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica."
"Helix" Episode 1.12 - "The Reaping" (airs 3/21/14)
Alan (Campbell), Walker (Zagorsky), Hatake (Sanada), and Daniel (Fairbrother) set a trap for an assassin who has been sent by Ilaria to retrieve both the virus and the cure.
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Several rather creepy photos and a preview of next week's Episode 2.04 of "Hannibal," entitled "Takiawase," have arrived; and if you're curious as to just what the heck "Takiawase" means, we've already looked it up for you so read on!
We're not sure what it has to do with the episode, but according to Dictionary Central (how could we not source them with a name like that?), it's "a mixture of firm vegetable pieces... each cooked separately in separate pans until al dente, mixed with fried cubes of tofu and flavoured with a light soya sauce."
Knowing Dr. Lecter, we're going to assume he'll be frying up something other than tofu.
"Hannibal" Episode 2.04 - "Takiawase" (airs 3/21/14; 10-11PM)
BEVERLY FINDS A CLUE ABOUT THE MURAL KILLER THAT SENDS HER DOWN A LIFE-THREATENING PATH - Our team is called in when a body is found in a meadow, the cranial cavity converted into a beehive.
Meanwhile, Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park) continues to work on the mural killer case, secretly consulting with Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to decipher the killer’s human tapestry. Will insists that the killer was put in the mural by Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and urges her to prove that Hannibal is the real Chesapeake Ripper and Copycat Killer.
Also starring Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, Amanda Plummer, and Raúl Esparza.
Not only does "Being Human's" Sam Witwer guest star, but it also looks like "Grimm" semi-regular Alexis Denisof finally gets something to do in next week's Episode 3.16, "The Show Must Go On." Here are several stills to whet your appetites.
In addition, we have your "Wesen of the Week" Creature Profile for last night's dog-like Anubis, descendants of the ancient Egyptian gods of the same name.
"Grimm" Episode 3.15 - "Once We Were Gods" (aired 3/14/14; 9-10PM)
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERY CAUSES CHAOS IN PORTLAND -- Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves thrown into the middle of an ancient battle, and things heat up when the Wesen Council decides to get involved. Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) fill everyone in on early Wesen history.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) is still reeling from the events he recently experienced. As things heat up in Europe, one of the Resistance’s most trusted allies gets compromised as he tries to protect Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch and Sasha Roiz also star; Anne Dudek and Richard Lee Jackson guest star.
"Grimm" Episode 3.16 - "The Show Must Go On" (airs 3/21/14; 9-10PM)
A WESEN CARNIVAL COMES TO PORTLAND - A double homicide leads Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to a traveling carnival where the performers are not what they seem.
To get a better understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) go undercover. On the wedding front, Monroe has a really important question for Nick.
In Austria an invaluable member of the Resistance makes the ultimate sacrifice to help Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, and Reggie Lee also star; Sam Witwer guest stars.