Fan-made Film Shows Eli Roth Raping Lana Del Rey Cut With Marilyn Manson Footage

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:30

Update: It appears that the video has been removed across the web.

A supposed fan-made video has surfaced that was originally purported to be an unreleased video for Marilyn Manson that was directed by horror favorite Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno). In the video, Roth is shown at one point raping singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey while other footage shows Manson at a seriously odd dinner table.

However, a rep for Marilyn Manson told Pitchfork:

Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music. It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage.

The video was put together by Sturmgruppe, who worked with Manson on his “No Reflection” video.

You can watch the video below, which is obviously NSFW.

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“Dr. Who” Becomes ‘Patient Zero’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:28

Matt Smith will star in Screen Gems’ Patient Zero opposite Natalie Dormer, reports Deadline.

In Patient Zero, “an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure to save his infected wife and humanity.

Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing the Mike Le-scripted action thriller and Vincent Newman is producing.

Smith also stars in Screen Gems’ production Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, as well as Paramount and Skydance’s Terminator: Genisys.

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‘Trick ‘r Treat’ Director’s ‘Krampus’ Begins Casting!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:21

Allison Tolman, who co-starred in FX’s “Fargo” (pictured), and Emjay Anthony, the young actor who played Jon Favreau’s son in Chef, are in negotiations to board Krampus, Michael Dougherty’s Christmas horror story, says THR.

The project is a twisted horror comedy centering around a Santa Claus-like ancient entity who punished bad kids. Tolman and Anthony will play mother and son in a family that is under the demon’s attack. Anthony’s character is essentially the lead of the movie, as his is the one that has to step up to save the day.

Legendary Pictures is behind the movie, which Universal will release just in time for next year’s holidays, on December 4, 2015.

The film is being directed by Dougherty, who previously tackled the Halloween holiday with his anthology Trick ‘r Treat, and co-written by Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields.

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How Vampires Trick Prey Into Eating “Bisgetti”!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:13

The UK will see the release of What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark), this weekend. But us in the States? How about waiting until February 13, 2015? Ugh. That’s a brutal wait for a movie that looks so incredibly good. Take a look at all of these awesome clips, for example…

Speaking of, here’s yet another piece of footage where the vamps trick a guy into eating “Bisgetti”, a joke inspired by The Lost Boys!

Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.

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[Next On] “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” ‘Blood Bath’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:06

Next on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”: “Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel’s suspicion of Elsa. Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy’s bloodlust.

We’re hoping ‘Blood Bath’ breaks the path this sinking ship is taking – even Bree is losing her patience with the fourth season of “AHS.”

Check out the promo for next week’s episode, which looks to bring some action.

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‘The Shining’ Musical Parody Coming Halloween 2015

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:00

If you’re a fan of The Shining as well as musical theater, writer/director Joe Lovero has concocted the perfect combination for you in the form of REDRUM: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of ‘The Shining’, which features music from composer Jon Hugo Ungar. The show will be premiering Halloween season in 2015.

There was a showcase of the piece Wednesday night that featured Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) as Wendy and Tony Award nominated actor, Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Jack.

Lovero explains how he came up with the premise:

REDRUM was born like most major works of musical theater – drunken spouses on their 2nd (3rd?) bottle of wine, watching one of their favorite horror movies for the 1,000th time, crying out ridiculous song ideas while wondering, “why hasn’t anyone turned this into a campy musical yet?!” This of course leads to the next logical step, a 2:30am Craigslist post from a sleep deprived writer/director, seeking a composer to “make beautiful musical theater with” – because everyone knows all great composers seek work on Craigslist from writers that promise to pay them with his wife’s legendary meatballs.

Below is the original short that inspired the musical.

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‘Jurassic World’ Teaser Trailer Is Perfect!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:56

Out of Universal Spain comes the first ever teaser trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, and it’s everything you’d expect.

There’s basically no footage, but fans of the Jurassic Park will remember this classic scene from Steven Spielberg’s film – when the water shakes, a Tyrannosaurus Rex is close by…and hungry. I’m assuming this is best experienced in a theater with insane bass.

The bait this time around: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus star in the Jurassic Park sequel opening June 12, 2015.

This time Universal Pictures will be opening the actual park. If you’re curious what the new park has to offer, check out these leaked brochures!

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HR Giger Inspired ‘Scorn’ is a Thing of Nightmares

bloody disgusting - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 00:26

If H. R. Giger were still here with us, I imagine he’d appreciate the nod his work is being given by the horror adventure game, Scorn. There’s an alarming lack of video games that draw from his influential style, despite the monumental impact he had on art and the horror genre. It’s been over two decades since he graced the virtual world of bits and bytes that is video games with the Dark Seed series, I think the world has been ready for something new for some time now.

Possibly in an effort to help fill this vacuum, we have Scorn, an atmospheric first person horror game “set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry” that eschews a traditional narrative so “every player would give their own interpretation of the events, themes and their role in this universe through exploration and interaction with the game world.”

In order to realize this dream nightmare, developer Ebb Software is looking to raise €200,000 ($251k USD) through a Kickstarter campaign.

It’s an ambitious goal, but this looks so good. See for yourself.

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People Eaters Rejoice! Cannibalism is Coming to ‘DayZ’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:40

[UPDATE: Grab your people-sized dinner plates, because this has been confirmed!]

Do you often find yourself hungrily observing your fellow man, possibly while wondering what they’d taste like doused with herbs and spices and spit-roasted on an open fire? Would you like a way to relieve yourself of these cravings without ending up in jail? If you answered yes to both of those questions, please turn yourself into your local authority. But before you do the right thing and remove yourself from the general populace, keep reading, because this is right up your alley.

Several sites and a handful of YouTube videos are reporting that the open-world survival game DayZ will be getting a cannibalism mechanic. It’s not confirmed, but if this is true, I can only imagine what the game’s creepier players will do with it if/when it makes its way into the official build.

If this is real, it could make for an interesting, albeit incredibly creepy, gaming experience.

Much like real-world cannibalism, eating players in DayZ could end up hurting you more than it helps. It sounds like consuming flesh that isn’t cooked properly could lead to a degenerative neurological disorder that essentially makes your character go insane.

What do you think? Is this a feature you’ve been hungering for, or is it just weird?

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‘Resident Evil’ HD Remake Producer on Remastering a Classic

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:01

In a new video released by Capcom this week, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, producer on the upcoming Resident Evil HD Remake, shows off more of the game while discussing some of the updates they’ve made to the survival horror classic. This isn’t a remaster in the same vein as their recent efforts. It looks like this one will handily blow the HD re-releases of Resident Evil 4 and Code: Veronica X out of the water.

Resident Evil re-releases on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2015.

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In ‘Dying Light’, the World is Your Weapon

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:49

Techland has released a new gameplay video from their upcoming open-world zombie kick-em-into-a-wall-and-watch-em-squirm game, Dying Light that shows off how the environment can be used to your advantage. Scattered about the game world will be spike traps, electrical traps, fire traps and exploding traps, many of which will undoubtedly prove useful when you’re surrounded by ghouls with no obvious escape route.

Oh, and once you’ve finished watching the below video, I highly recommend you check out this fail compilation. We can all learn something from watching it.

Dying Light arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.

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Akira Yamaoka Discusses Scoring Dario Argento’s ‘The Sandman’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 21:48

Renowned Japanese video game composer Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadow Of The Damned) has posted a short video where he discusses the role of director Dario Argento in his musical upbringing and how he wants to return the favor and bring his work into the world of Argento’s upcoming film The Sandman. The interview can be seen below.

The film, which is currently funding via Indiegogo, stars Iggy Pop as the title character, “…a masked killer who murders his victims with a lethally jagged melon spoon and claims their eyes as trophies.“. Make sure to check out our interview with Argento about the film right here.

If you’re quick, you can purchase into the “Robert Tobias” perk, which nets you one of Yamaoka’s guitars. This guitar was used to compose the theme song for the film.

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‘Cheap Thrills’ Director Says ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’ to Lionsgate!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 18:17

E.L. “Evan” Katz – who broke onto the scene with Cheap Thrills and his incredible ABCs of Death 2 segment – will direct comedy-thriller You’ll Be the Death of Me for Mandeville Pictures with Lionsgate distributing, says Variety.

Katz will direct from a script by Mark Hammer that “tells the story of two single New Yorkers who find their budding romance complicated by the attention of a masked knife-wielding psychopath.

Katz is also attached to direct The Sentinel for Universal with Jason Blum and Kevin Misher producing.

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[TV] “Outcast” Exorcises Full Cast

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:45

Deadline reports that Reg E. Cathey (pictured; “Oz,” St. Vincent), Julia Crockett (The Absence), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire) and Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan) have been cast opposite Patrick Fugit in Cinemax’s new exorcism drama “Outcast,” from “The Walking Dead: executive producer Robert Kirkman.

Based on a comic by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, Outcast follows follows Kyle Barnes (Fugit), “a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Cathey will play Giles, Rome’s Chief of Police and a poker buddy of Anderson’s. Although he doesn’t believe in possession quite as strongly as Anderson, he’s seen enough to know there’s some truth to his friend’s assertions about demons. Crockett portrays Sarah Barns, Kyle’s mother, who makes young Kyle’s life a living hell. At first, this might seem like the result of mental illness. But Kyle will come to understand that it’s something more. Schmidt is Megan Holter, Kyle’s adopted sister and a child psychologist, who is always on a mission to fix people, especially Kyle. Pardue will play Mark Holter, the husband of Kyle’s adopted sister, Megan, a small town cop whose temper sometimes gets him in trouble. Despite being mildly religious, Mark is a skeptic, who would never believe in something like demonic possession.

Cast also includes Philip Glenister (Life On Mars) and Gabriel Bateman (Stalker, Annabelle).

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At The Gates Release Haunting Animated Video For “Heroes And Tombs”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:00

Swedish melodic death metal legends At The Gates have released a stunning animated video for their track “Heroes And Tombs”, which comes from their latest album At War With Reality. The video was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twisted 13 Media, who also created the album’s artwork. You can watch the video below [Courtesy of Noisey].

Vocalist Tomas Lindberg states:

I am very proud to be able to present the second video from ‘AWWR’, ‘Heroes And Tombs’. To have Costin work on one of our songs this way has been very rewarding. It’s like the next step of the album artwork, and basically more than I could have ever hoped for. Costin paints up a fevered and dark nightmare world that complements the lyrics and music up to the point of perfection. Now I just have to go convince him to do a full length movie for the whole album…

Make sure to read our review of At War With Reality, where we gave it a perfect 5/5 rating, right here.

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‘The Pyramid’ Clip Releases a Gas Filled With Evil

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:15

In this first clip from FOX’s The Pyramid, in theaters December 5, a film crew captures the opening of a newly discovered tomb. When they crack open the rocks, a green gas emits hitting a guy right in the face.

Gregory Levasseur, who worked with Alexandre Aja on the screenplays for High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, directed the flick starring Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman.

In The Pyramid, “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

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Dir En Grey Release New Track “空谷の跫音”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:00

Japanese alt-metal band Dir En Grey have released a stream of a new track entitled “空谷の跫音”, which comes from their upcoming ninth studio album Arche (out December 10th). The track is a slower, almost ballad-esque song, released with a video that features dark, stirring images. Check out the track below.

Arche is the followup to 2011′s Dum Spiro Spero, which I was a really big fan of. The band has a very unique sound and singer Kyo is probably one of the most versatile vocalists in music these days. I’d even go so far as to say that he is comparable to Mike Patton, although Patton loves using effects to turn his voice into something otherworldly.

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Get Abducted in This Brand New ‘The Hum’ Footage

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:47

The extraterrestrial horror game The Hum might not have found the success I think it deserved through crowdfunding, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t eventually be getting our hands on it. The developer just released some new footage from the game that shows what happens when the aliens spot you. I imagine what follows looks something like this (NSFW link).

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[Exclusive Comic Preview] “Dead Letters” #6 From BOOM! Studios

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:07

After last month’s stellar issue, complete with an Inception like chase scene, and a setting that can bend reality in a single panel, “Dead Letters” has me hooked. This book is a stellar combination of the typical crime storyline with the backdrop of a surreal hellscape. Nothing is quite what it seems, and death is seemingly just the beginning of how we truly live.

Last month Christopher Sebela did an incredible job at beginning his second arc by changing the way his protagonist, Sam had to adapt to his world. Since arriving in Here, he’s gained a certain amount of notoriety that forces him to become something new. Much like the insane process of Chris Visions, that can constantly change with each successive panel. Thier work is really quite stunning.

A haunting concept brought to life by an amazing artist “Dead Letters” has yet to disappoint. So I’m happy to offer an exclusive preview courtesy of BOOM! Studios for your reading enjoyment, and check back next Wednesday for the full review!

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[Interview] Nick Damici Talks ‘Late Phases’, Werewolves, and Playing An Old Badass

bloody disgusting - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:06

I first saw Late Phases back in July at Fantasia Fest (my review). Since then I’ve been championing the movie, urging everyone and their grandmother to see it. It’s the story of an aging veteran, his guide dog, and a tense father-son relationship.

Damici (Stake Land) stars as Ambrose McKinley, an elderly veteran. He moves into the quaint retirement community of Crescent Bay, a secluded locale in upstate New York nestled in the bosom of a thick forest. The residents don’t take too kindly to Ambrose’s biting behavior, especially when he pulls a gun on the Stepford Wives-like welcoming committee. Soon Ambrose learns that aggressively friendly old bags are the least of his worries. Crescent Bay has been rocked lately by a series of grisly murders the cops are deeming “animal attacks.” After Ambrose experiences one of these attacks firsthand, he decides to get proactive on their hairy asses.

Late Phases is certain to satisfy fans of the classic creature features of the ’80s who crave a practical werewolf transformation. The crack special effects and makeup team (headed by From Dusk Till Dawn‘s Robert Kurtzman) put together some wonderfully gory gross-out shape-shifting moments. Sweeping CGI aside, they went practical with werewolf suits and they’re huge and AWESOME. Their faces look more like Critters than wolves, but that’s part of their charm.

As Ambrose, Nick Damici gives a genuinely powerful performance. He plays it kinda like Eastwood in Gran Torino, but with more hard-boiled dialogue to spit out in his thick “fuhgeddaboutit” accent. Ethan Embry does a great job acting alongside him as the concerned son wounded by his father’s detached attitude. Their scenes together are terrific and deliver the type of credible family tension that a lot of folks can relate to.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Damici about the film and his approach to playing such a surly old character.

A lot of the reasons I love this movie has to do with your character, Ambrose. Could you talk about what initially attracted you to this film and this role?

Obviously it’s a great character and he’s blind. And basically he’s that previous generation’s veteran character. Like Clint Eastwood, I thought that would be a hoot to play. The fact that he was blind, y’know, every actor wants that Helen Keller moment, to see if they can do it. So that was kinda interesting.  And it was fun to play something different, play older than I am. So the challenges were all there to see if I could pull it off and make it interesting.

And I like to work every day. Not that I need to play a lead. I just like to work every day when I’m acting. I can’t stand to work for a few days then be off for a few days, y’know?

How did you prepare to play a blind person and what were the challenges there?

In the end it actually worked out to be surprisingly easy. I initially did the typical acting thing and said “I’ll blindfold myself.” So I would get up, blindfold myself, make coffee, y’know, do some dishes, have a cigarette…then I’d spill my coffee, break my dishes and I’d say, “Wait a minute. This ain’t working.”

Then I realized, you’re never going to realize what it’s like to be blind. Y’know what I mean? So I started watching videos of blind people. And at first I didn’t realize that there are different degrees of blindness.

If you close your eyes, you see blackness, basically. You’re cutting out the light. But the blind, they don’t have even that. They can’t say “I see black.” They can’t describe what it’s like to be blind. People who have never seen, who are born blind, their eyes don’t have any way of focusing.

Since Ambrose went blind later in life, those people have more of a blank stare. So I chose that and never moved my eyes. It became a technical thing. And it really was just a way of learning to focus peripherally and not centered. Our eyes are kinda like a camera. They focus on the center when we look at something. Y’know, first you look at that, and then you don’t…like a peripheral circle. It’s very technical. So that way when you move, your eyes don’t move.

Then I had to show it to Adrian (Bogliano) and I said, “Look, you gotta call me on it if it’s not looking real.” Especially on a set, there’s lights. And lights will make your eyes do weird shit. Especially when we were doing action stuff, which was really difficult.

All in all I think it worked out pretty easy for what it was. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. It was more of a trick than anything else.

It’s never explicitly mentioned where Ambrose is from, but he has an obvious NYC way about him. Did you draw on any characters you knew growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, to shape the character?

Well it wasn’t a big stretch for me. I thought for this role, what’s the difference? I had a good friend, you know Taxi Driver, the guy who comes out of the deli and beats the kid with the bat?

Victor Argo?

That’s Victor Argo. He always played the gangster in this or that. We were very close friends and I knew him for years. He died in 2004 and when I read Ambrose I said, “My God, it’s Victor.” He had this real dour sense of humor. So it was kinda like my homage to Victor. He woulda been terrific in this role, now that I think about it.

So the way of holding my face, my mouth, was very much based on him.

I was at screenings in Montreal and in Denver. Both times, people were laughing out loud one second, then bracing themselves the next. Then at the end you could hear folks sniffling they were so sad. What sort of tone was Bogliano and you as an actor going for?

We talked about it a lot, me and Adrian. We had a lot of arguments about it, y’know, in good humor. Trying to do the best thing we could. And I think he got it. Again, it’s a very campy a horror movie, but it has this other-worldly human element to it, making it a drama in a way. And I think what I brought to Ambrose was, he was funny. Even though he was cantankerous and the character is not particularly meant to be funny, he’s got this pessimistic, totally nasty kind of humor, y’know? And he’s very dark but there is some kind of humanity to him.

Y’know, basically we were making a drama disguised as a campy werewolf movie.

Speaking of the werewolves, what was it like rumbling with these guys in the huge werewolf suits?

I felt bad for the poor guys. I’m no kid, y’know. I’m over 50. So y’know when it looks like 30 seconds on screen it’s two hours shooting. You have to do it over and over and over and over again. And this kid was wearing a rubber suit, in the summer. I was like “Jesus Christ, you’re dying! Get that mask off!”

But y’know, Kurtzman did a wonderful job on the costumes. And ultimately it’s a guy in a werewolf costume, y’know? We all know that. But the transformation in this movie was pretty fucking good. Ultimately though, without the CGI, it is just a guy in a werewolf suit. And that’s fine. I wasn’t asking for more out of this movie and I don’t think the movie asks for more.

And it was mostly all one guy in all the suits playing the werewolves.

Oh really?

I think they might’ve had half a suit to shoot the other guy in, it was hilarious. And the worst part is, y’know, I can’t look at anything. I can’t focus my eyes and I had frosted contact lenses on, like I have cataracts. I can’t see outta them. And the lights and fog are blinding, I can’t see outta them, and the poor kid in the werewolf costume…we couldn’t see what the hell we were doing!

Sacrifice is a big theme in the film, I think. Father Roger addresses it in his sermon. It comes up since Ambrose is a vet. And by the end he sacrifices himself in a way. What do you think he was sacrificing himself for?

I don’t know if I saw it as a sacrifice myself. I saw it as a warrior choosing his time. Y’know, like why did Ali come back last time? And Ambrose said okay I can be a soldier one last time, I get a second chance. To do what I do best and be that. To be the best soldier, and be that.

It was more that for me, and you could say he sacrificed himself to kill the werewolves, but I don’t think it was about that. I didn’t see it that way. I just think Ambrose was just pissed off this werewolf killed his dog!

What was it like working with so many amazing veterans like Tina Louise, Lance Guest, Rutanya Alda, etc.?

They were terrific, a lot of fun, man. It was really great to meet Lance. And Karen Kynn Gorney was an incredible woman. And of course Tom Noonan was great.

The quiet moments between you and Tom Noonan are some of my favorite in the movie. He seems like such a natural actor. 

You wouldn’t think it about him, because he’s very big, very quiet. But when you meet him you’re like “Oh shit!”

The funny thing is I’ve known him for years through (Jim) Mickle. I went to a party at his house once, I’ve know him for 10 years in my neighborhood. One time I went up to him, I knew he didn’t know who the fuck I was! And I thought it was funny, y’know. Now that we have this movie, I guess he’ll remember who I am.

He actually loves bad jokes. That was our thing. My father was a bartender so I was like “Ya like bad jokes? I got a million bad jokes!”

Tell me a bad joke.

Hamburger walks into a bar. Bartender says, “sorry pal, we don’t serve food.”

Oh, that sucks.

Probably a Tom Noonan joke.

That’s another unique thing about Late Phases, its hero is an older person. Besides Embry and his wife, the whole cast is essentially old timers. Most horror flicks nowadays have teeny boppers in the lead roles. But there’s something about having an old veteran as the hero that makes it even more badass, more tangible. Do you agree?

I have nothing against youth. I was young once, but society has just over done it. You watch shows like CSI nowadays and it’s just 22 year-old investigators. Most people have to go through school for nine years first. I get it, I just don’t find it particularly interesting. I just think a certain amount of age is interesting.

Yeah, one kid in Austin asked me when I would stop doing all these action things, I said you wanna step outside?! What kinda question is that?!

Speaking of that, you used to train boxers, right?

I used to. Never professionally, but I trained kick boxers until two years ago.

What do you think of that smug fella Floyd Mayweather?

Eh, we’ll see what happens. I don’t find the game that interesting anymore. To me it’s like most professional sports, and movies to some degree. I like people for who they are. I don’t want to work for shitheads. It’s that simple. If they’re a shithead, they’re a shithead.

You’ve done quite a few acclaimed horror films the past few years. What’s attracted to you about the genre?

I like it because you use it as a metaphor, to tell human stories. I kinda find most straight drama really boring. I’m not interested in people’s lives. I feel like the horror story you can deliver it without boring people to death. Much like we did in Stake Land and Mulberry Street. And Late Phases, to a sense.

I don’t like horror specifically, y’know. I don’t like the torture porn movies, I’m not a big fan of the Halloweens and the Freddie movies. They’re fun, but they’re really for teenagers. I think there’s another element to horror to explore. I like a little more story in what I watch.

I have to ask you about Hap & Leonard. I know you’re in early production…

We’re very early in production so I can’t say much.

Are you going to be in it?

I’m not planning on it. If something comes up that I want to do I might, but right now we just want to do the best job we can on the writing and get it rolling. As for Joe Lansdale, he deserves to have a TV series on the air.

Yeah he really does.

If anybody does, y’know. We’re trying to keep it as close to the books as we can, like we did with Cold in July. It’s very difficult. Joe is a prolific writer, so it’s very interesting. It’s definitely going to be based on the books. So we’ll see what happens. It should be, if all works out…it should be airing in 2016. That’s the goal.

Are you planning on following the order of the books?

Right now we are. With the first novel (“Savage Season”) and then we’ll see from there. So it depends. But at this point I think we’re going to try and do that, a book every few episodes.

Well I have the utmost confidence in you and Mickle after Cold in July. So go get em…

A massive thanks to Nick for taking the time to talk with us!

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