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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Embarking on a Cross-Country Tour This Fall

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:30

The Southern Gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King with music and musical direction by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, respectively, will tour across North America this fall.

The tour kicks off right outside Bangor at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine, on November 8, traveling through cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles before wrapping in San Francisco on December 5.

Tickets for the performances go on sale June 20 at AXS.com unless otherwise noted.

From the Press Release:
This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy, and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The staging of Ghost Brothers is an amalgam of different styles – both old fashioned, resembling an old-style radio show, and yet, modern and unique in its interactive use of storytelling, music, and singing to move the macabre Ghost Brothers story forward.

The story goes that Joe McCandless saw his two older brothers battle over a girl, which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now, with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. As the story continues, a malevolent Shape circles the stage, singing about heaven and hell. Joe McCandless lingers in the dream-land café, remembering the events of his life, and is urged to action by the friendly bartender.

In 2007 he goes to his family cabin in Darkland County, Mississippi, where his brothers died in 1967, to tell his own sons, Frank and Drake, his tale of brotherly love gone sour. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family. Will Joe bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own sons? Find out whether the ghosts left behind will help him—or tear the McCandless family apart forever.

After Mellencamp brought the story idea to King and the musical developed, it became clear to the collaborators that Ghost Brothers had taken them into unfamiliar territory — and they liked it that way. "John can make rock & roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives," says King, "but that’s the safe way to do it, and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative. We were willing to be educated, and at our age that’s an accomplishment." Eventually they enlisted T Bone Burnett, who produced Mellencamp’s last two albums as well as Grammy-winning albums like “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and the Robert Plant-Alison Krauss collaboration “Raising Sand”, to bring his signature shadowy ambience to the music.

Throughout the production the eerie blues ‘n roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative, with only a few songs directly advancing the plot. Acclaimed director Susan Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, who calls the musical “a kind of new age traveling medicine show,” explains, “I want the emphasis to be on this fantastic score and our great singers and how the story advances us from song to song. In most musicals the songs advance the narrative. With Ghost Brothers, the story will advance the songs.”

Below are the dates and locations; for more info visit the official Ghost Brothers of Darkland County website.

Nov 8 - Orono, ME - Collins Center for the Arts
Nov 9 - Orono, ME - Collins Center for the Arts
Nov 11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Nov 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theatre*
Nov 14 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov 15 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
Nov 16 - Baltimore, MD - The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC
Nov 18 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
Nov 20 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium
Nov 21 - Boston, MA - Emerson Colonial Theatre
Nov 22 - Providence, RI - The VETS**
Nov 24 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Nov 26 - Detroit, MI - Fisher Theatre
Nov 28 - Chicago, IL - Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
Nov 29 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
Dec 1 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Dec 3 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
Dec 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theatre
Dec 5 - San Francisco, CA - SHN Curran Theatre

*Philadelphia goes on sale June 27
**Providence goes on sale June 19

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Dominion's Chris Egan & Vaun Wilmott Talk Mythology, the Hero's Journey, Differences from Legion, Future Seasons & LOTS More

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:15

With "Dominion" premiering June 19th, Syfy recently hosted a conference call with star Chris Egan and exec producer/creator Vaun Wilmott, and we have the highlights for you here.

Settle in a bit because it's a long, wide-ranging discussion that touches upon the mythology of the TV show vs. the movie (2010's Legion) and how things have changed - Wilmott promises for the better - in this adaptation. He also describes the caste system in place in Vega society, what other worlds and supernatural beings we might see, and what the plan is for future seasons.

Egan elaborates on his character (soldier Alex Lannon) and his relationships with both the Archangel Michael and the upper class Claire Riesen. Of course the great Anthony Head's name comes up as well as how much like the angels we know from religion these guys really are.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Dive in, and be sure to tune in Thursday night for the premiere of "Dominion" on Syfy.

Q: Chris, how did you get involved in the project, and what attracted you to it?

Chris Egan: I was approached by my managers. There was a few things I was looking at, a few different scripts, and I heard about this one through the same management company [that reps exec producer] Scott Stewart [director/co-writer of Legion]. They brought it up to me and discussed it… I’d had a look at the script, and it fascinated me straight away. Definitely wanted to get on the call with Scott and Vaun and just talk through the idea and where the series was going to go.

And I was very impressed with Vaun’s vision, Scott’s vision for the pilot, where they wanted to take the story and where they were going to take Alex. So I was just - in that presentation, in that call with both of them - I was completely blown away. And I loved the idea that we were taking this to Cape Town, South Africa, as well. To me, it just sort of felt that they were really taking this seriously. We weren’t just sort of going off to Vancouver or somewhere local, you know; we were really going to take this production somewhere that was really special. I was totally blown away by it.

Q: Vaun, how much of the mythology from Legion is going to be in the series? Is it completely the same mythology, or have you changed things?

Vaun Wilmott: It was definitely the jumping off point. But for the TV show it’s definitely expanded and changed, and there’s all kinds of new stuff. Legion was definitely kind of our foundation, and then from there the show grew into its own thing with new rules, new terms, new angels, new mythology for the chosen one. Then of course a whole new setting, all new characters with just a couple of the characters from Legion moving into the TV show… the baby growing up to be Alex, Michael, Gabriel, Jeep. But it’s definitely become its own thing in terms of the TV show, "Dominion."

Q: Can you walk us through what the world of Legion is now like in "Dominion," a quarter century later?

Vaun Wilmott: In terms of what the world is like, 25 years in the future, it’s got contemporary aspects… it’s definitely grounded. It’s definitely a big "what if?"…what if angels appeared in the sky? What if this actually happened; what would life - or what could life - be like? So it’s not an alternate reality. It is very much based in what could have happened, and Vega has a lot of giant casino hotels that could actually be perfect for housing people if need be. And we use all of that to basically create this new city, this new civilization, [ and] built a wall around it to protect this from the angels. But it will definitely be a recognizable world in terms of things we know…

Chris Egan: For those that are fans of Legion, this will be a whole new story, and for those that haven’t seen Legion, it really is a whole new world 25 years in the future. The world of Vega and this fortified city… the land is desolate apart from these fortified cities. It’s a completely different spin to the movie.

Q: Chris, Alex has been described as rebellious in nature; can you talk about that a little bit?

Chris Egan: The story is that hero’s journey that he takes to discover himself, to discover who he is. And that’s sort of between being a man and the responsibility that’s laid on his shoulders to save mankind. It’s from that beginning, and the pitch of the story for me was so interesting and where that was going to go. We establish that in the pilot, but then as the episodes come on, it gets crazier and crazier, and the relationships around him are redefined between [the Archangel] Michael and [Alex's true love] Claire. And really it’s about which path is he going to take as a man to realize and understand his calling in a sense upon his life.

Vaun Wilmott: I’ve always loved characters that have a strong point of view and something’s thrust on them that they didn’t expect or didn’t want or something’s asking them to change in a way that’s uncomfortable for them. And they fight against that - like John Conner in The Terminator. You know, characters that have something about their personality that fights against what’s being done to them or have had… Alex’s journey has been a tough one. And so he’s had to take care of himself; he’s had to survive. So that rebellious nature has actually kept him alive. But now he’s being asked to do something that he didn’t expect, that he didn’t ask for; it becomes a trick - like what is that rebellious nature going to do in terms of how he handles that destiny that he’s been given? And I think from a character point of view that’s where all of the fun of the storytelling comes in. And we get to watch Alex go through really the thing that we all watch characters for, which is just growth and change. We want to see what they’re going to do. And that’s what’s exciting for me about Alex’s character, about Chris’s character.

Q: Alex and Michael seem to have a complicated relationship. How will we see that evolve throughout the season?

Chris Egan: I’d like to think there’s a Star Wars element to this, the teacher, the student, and those roles that reverse. It’s a great relationship, and it is constantly getting redefined. Alex is constantly learning more about Michael, and Michael is learning more about Alex. So it grows. It’s constantly growing, and as Alex is struggling with this responsibility and learning about the tattoos and learning about his destiny, it gets tense with Michael and then it’s back on track, and it’s this back and forth. It’s been really wonderful to play with Tom [Wisdom] as well, the actor who plays Michael. It’s just been fantastic. He’s a great actor, and yes, it’s a great relationship.

Q: And what about Claire, played by the lovely Roxanne McKee? It sounds like it’s also a complicated kind of thing.

Chris Egan: Yes, Romeo and Juliet. And really it’s that great unattainable love. Their love is full of tribulation. And the responsibility; in the pilot Alex just wants to get out of Vega. He’s got the love of his life; he’s got his family. He’s just ready to get out and he’s over the system; he wants the freedom. But then there’s what happens in the end and the responsibility and this great calling. And then there’s a responsibility that Claire has to Vega, and we go into that back and forth. They take that road, sort of discovering themselves, discovering the responsibility that they both have, and it’s going to be interesting to see where that goes.

Q: Vaun, will the action primarily occur in Vega, or will we be moving on to other cities as well?

Vaun Wilmott: In the first season we’re very much based in Vega. It was important to establish that world, establish all the characters, establish "Dominion" the series. But definitely in future seasons we’ll be expanding out to New Delphi. We’ll learn what the camp is; the camp is a city that moves, which is very mysterious. We don’t really know much about it or who they are. So we will definitely explore the world, and the world will grow out with each season as we go. But for the first season it was kind of important to orient the audience I think in the world of "Dominion" and then Vega so we didn’t overwhelm right upfront. And so that definitely was the focus for the first season.

Q: These angels are so different from the traditional ones that we were brought up with as children. Do either of you personally believe in angels? And does that affect your performance, Chris? And your writing, Vaun?

Vaun Wilmott: That is a great question... Two things: One is the show is very much non-denominational. You know, I always intended it to actually not make a statement about religion. I really view the angels, Michael, Gabriel, and all the other angels, as literary characters, storytelling characters, as interesting as supernatural characters, as interesting as vampires and werewolves and ghosts or anything else that’s being used in genre right now. So for me it was very much about just simplifying it, just seeing it as a literary creation. There’s a 'God' and that God has angels and these angels are doing X, Y, and Z in this story.

For me, I have my own personal faith, but it isn’t like I grew up fascinated by angels or had that be a focus of my religion. This show is purely for entertainment, purely for storytelling purposes, and they don’t really intersect with my own personal beliefs other than the way that all storytelling is informed by what you believe in all ways, not just in your religious beliefs. You know, the themes you’re interested in, the things that attract you to characters of the storym but for me, those two things are separate.

Chris Egan: I agree with Vaun. Yes, I have my own personal faith and I think really it’s about… there’s a greater good, you know. I’ve always been very fascinated with that outer world. Like with "Kings," we took a biblical story [and made it modern day. Now we’re taking angels that are in the bible and we’re putting them into this world… it interests me, and I want to know these guys, I want to discover their world. This story resonates with me, and I think - as an actor and as a person - maybe I don’t quite understand subconsciously why I’m so attracted to it and what it is the message in this story, what we’re trying to say. But yes, I think it hits on all those points.

Q: Will we be seeing any other sort of beings coming into play during this series? Will a 'God' or a higher power or anything that can kind of rival these angels be coming into play during the series as it develops?

Vaun Wilmott: There definitely will be new and exciting angels, new additions, and expansions of the mythology. But you know… those will all be spoilers if I were to say anything now

Q: We've heard from people that are pre-judging the show because they were a bit disappointed with Legion. How can you get those people to tune in?

Vaun Wilmott: I think the most important thing is to give it a shot. If they have interest in genre, if they have interest in supernatural anything, if they have interest in angels or just good characters and drama, give it a shot because it really is its own thing. It’s not called Legion. It’s called "Dominion."

Chris Egan: Yes, essentially this is a hero’s journey, this is a hero’s story, this is Alex, this is his discovery of himself. And really it’s about taking the audience with him… I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. It really is a completely different world to where the movie is at. And of course, being 25 years in the future, it really is far from the movie.

Vaun Wilmott: One quick thing… "Buffy" was [first] a movie that some fans loved, some fans didn’t. And then it became a very new and different show that was very popular that people really loved and embraced. I think they’re two separate things. Personally I liked the movie. I saw Legion and I was a very attracted to it and I thought it was well done, but in terms of our show, it really is its own thing.

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Q: With regard to Vega, there's some CGI and green screen of course, but did you guys also have practical sets built?

Vaun Wilmott: We actually used a mix of both; we did build a lot. That was one of the advantages of going to Cape Town; the level of crew was really high in terms of their talent and experience, but also in terms of what we could build, how far our dollars went. Scott Stewart, director of the pilot, was the founder of a special effects house called the Orphanage, one of the founders. And so he’s a real genius at special effects, and he’s just a really talented guy.

He used to always say to me, "Real is better. Whenever you can point your camera at something real is better." So we built a lot of sets, but we also had [VFX company] Spin working for us, and they could create unbelievable vistas and landscapes and buildings so we did a lot of that as well. And then of course, wherever there’s angels flying, we do something more practical with the wires or we use green screen and those as well.

Q: I understand that David Peterson created a language for "Dominion." How much of this language will be spoken in the series?

Vaun Wilmott: David Peterson is an absolute genius, and the stuff that he creates is just incredible… he created a language called Lishepus for the angels, and we feature it here and there depending on where it’s the most dramatic and the best used. But it definitely is going to be in series. We try not to have it be used in an entire scene where you’ve got giant blocks of dialogue being said in it. But we definitely utilize it, and when we do, it sounds cool. David is amazing.

Q: Vaun, you mentioned "Buffy" earlier. Certainly American genre fans have a fond affection for Anthony Head. Can you talk a little bit about working with him and what he’s brought to the series as a cast member?

Vaun Wilmott: Tony Head is just… you know, he’s Tony Head. He’s so funny, he’s so talented, he’s smart… he just pops off the screen, and I think the "Buffy" fans will be really interested to see him in such a different way because he plays such a different character than he did on "Buffy." [Secretary of Commerce] David Whele is this rakish and manipulative, charismatic, articulate kind of power broker. And I think it will be a big surprise for the fans of "Buffy" and Tony Head to see him in "Dominion." It’s really a whole new Tony.

Q: From what we've seen of the way that the social society is structured, it’s a very strict caste system. What’s the thinking behind having these very specific social structures and people unable to move between them?

Vaun Wilmott: It basically was a system that General Riesen [Claire's father, played by Alan Dale] created at the beginning, basically at the founding of Vega when they were still fighting the war against the angels. They were quickly trying to build a wall at the same time as fighting off these onslaughts… So it was a chaotic time and they needed a way to kind of give everybody a job, give everybody a designation, give everybody a way to pitch in and be classified. It was a very military system that Riesen used. It was called the V system for Vega, the V one through six. And each level had a different designation in terms of what it means and who’s in it.

But then, like all systems that start out intended to be one way and often become something else, that happens. Over time you have the elites getting entrenched, taking control of more and more of the resources of the city, installing themselves as senators, as basically the fat cats of the city. And then everybody else below them getting further and further cemented into their V system or their V level and not being able to move about. So I think that one of the great conflicts in the season and in the series will be, certainly in Vega, what is right and what’s wrong and what’s happening to the people and is it fair?

I think Claire certainly represents a very different point of view than her father in terms of believing that it needs to change; whereas, although he recognizes that it did get warped and… became distorted basically over time, he’s not really willing to get rid of it. But that was the thinking at the beginning. It was definitely created for survival, and then over time just unfortunately it turned into something else.

Q: Talking about the caste system, is Alex going to maybe to some extent move up, or is he going to continue for most of the series to hide who he is since nobody else knows anyway?

Vaun Wilmott: I’m sure we can both answer that. From my point of view, he’s got bigger fish to fry because of what kind of landed on his shoulders. But certainly, as we clearly see in the pilot, he does not like the system. He hates it. He wants to escape it. And who knows? Down the line we’ll get to see if he does anything about that as part of his journey, and that’s just something that we’ll learn as we go. But I’m sure Chris can speak about that from a character point too.

Chris Egan: It comes down to that saying: 'With great power comes great responsibility.' I think we’re going to see that struggle, that constant struggle with himself and with his relationships around him. And by the end you’re really going to be left with: What’s going to happen? Is he going to leave? Is he going to join? With the relationship with Michael, where does that leave us? He goes through stages and he makes sacrifices and it’s really about someone owning that calling on his life.

Q: Vaun, it sounds like a lot of planning went into this series. As far as what’s ahead, how much do you have planned out for this season and possibly beyond?

Vaun Wilmott: When I wrote the pilot, I spent about six weeks working on a series document that broke down the first three seasons in detail. And then another three seasons after that more macro. And one of the main spines through the series is, of course, Alex’s journey and the stages that he goes through - through each season. I’ve got loads of ideas, loads. So yes, we have all kinds of stories to tell for many seasons for "Dominion"!

Our thanks to Chris and Vaun for their time, moderator Stephen Cox, Garrott Smith, and everyone at Syfy.

"Dominion" follows the perilous journey of soldier Alex Lannon, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth. The series stars Christopher Egan ("Kings"), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee ("Game of Thrones"), Alan Dale ("Lost"), Anthony Stewart Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), and Luke Allen-Gale ("The Borgias").

It premieres Thursday, June 19th, on Syfy (9-10 pm ET/PT) with limited commercial interruptions.

About "Dominion"
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), "Dominion" is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel (Carl Beukes), has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael (Wisdom), turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25-year battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control; and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier (Egan) begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.

"Dominion," produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, is executive produced by Vaun Wilmott, Todd Slavkin, and Darren Swimmer, along with executive producers Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed the feature film Legion, Michael Litvak, and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the original film. Film Afrika serves as the local production entity in South Africa.

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The Blood Stream: Alice in Murderland

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:00

The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!

This week my choice came down to two movies directed by a prolific no-budget auteur named Dennis Devine: Don’t Look in the Cellar and Alice in Murderland. (Fun fact: In 2000 Devine directed a movie called Bloodstream. Full circle!) Knowing both movies would likely be nigh unwatchable, I decided to choose whichever was shorter. As a result, I won’t be looking in the cellar this week. At 87 minutes it's a full minute longer than Alice and who has time for that?

The story, insofar as it's coherent, is this: A seven-woman sorority decides to throw a party to celebrate the 21st birthday of fair-haired sister Alice. Do they throw this party at the sorority house? A local bar? Showbiz Pizza? No, they do not. They choose a house known as "the old Glass place", which is described as a rundown mansion situated next to a garbage dump. (We never actually see the exterior of the building, just an alley and a metal door as characters enter and exit.) The Glass place also just so happens to be where Alice's mother was brutally murdered exactly 20 years ago to the day. These girls know how to make a birthday special.

For no goddamn reason whatsoever, they decide it will be an Alice in Wonderland theme party. Because 150-year-old children's books are all the rage with college kids. Furthermore, they decide, there will be no boys allowed and no cellphones. No cellphones! What, no mandatory "split up to check out strange noises" rule?

You'd be mad as a hatter to add Alice in Murderland to your Netflix Queue.

Chop off your own head before you put it on your Amazon Watchlist.

As you've no doubt surmised, this is an awful movie even by amateur standards. It suffers from choppy editing, inconsistent ambient noise from shot to shot and atrocious camera work. Most shots appear to be autofocused on whatever's in the foreground. The back of a listener's head will often be in perfect focus while the speaking character in the center of the scene is fuzzy.

Most of the girls are high school theatre caliber actors, with Alice unfortunately the dullest of the bunch. (There are three men in the movie too, all of whom are just as bad.) However, while I wouldn't call her quite a professional, I genuinely enjoyed Donna, the obligatory ditz. She alone is consistently likable and amusing. Her endearing innocence and unforced delivery allow for some cute, funny lines. ("I made a pun! I said blow chunks...and it's a junkyard!")

The whole movie takes place in approximately two locations: an improbable ranch-style sorority house and the old Glass place itself, which in real life is probably a rental studio space. At least that's the most likely explanation for the black box theater half the scenes take place in. (Hey, free lighting!) I have no idea why there's a basement full of sewing machines. They certainly have nothing to do with the narrative.

I have a special affinity for terrible independent horror movies made on shoestring budgets. I admire films whose plots are determined by what kinds of props and sets are available for free. These movies are built on the belief that if you put in enough energy and love, even a bad horror movie can sell. All it takes is a little gore, a little humor and, ideally, the promise of a little T&A.

I was involved in just such an endeavor many years ago. I remember tearing a hole in a pair of jeans and applying corn syrup and provolone cheese to my kneecap to simulate a gunshot wound. It was a lot of fun.

The movie I was in was just as dreadful as this one (and I was among the worst parts). But we all worked really hard and we had a blast. Making shlocky movies to turn a buck is a fine goal, even if the end product is all but devoid of artistic merit. Though I've never understood the term "so bad it's good", I imagine there are enough masochists out there to make this thing profitable. After all, Devine has made five movies since. So good for him.

But, as a sophisticated consumer of entertainment, Alice in Murderland is not good for you. It's a technical disaster. It's not scary. It's not sexy. It's a little gory and a little funny, but even at 86 minutes it's way too long.

Instead, read Lewis Carroll's original novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, then watch Scream for the hundredth time.

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Infographic Offers Tips and Tools For Surviving the Zombie Outbreak

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:30

Who knows more about survival gear than REI, the outfitter for the outdoors? Probably no one outside of that "Man vs. Wild" guy on TV, and who really wants to live if you have to drink your own pee? REI offers some more palatable alternatives to surviving when the zombie outbreak occurs.

Take a look at the snappy graphic from REI below and learn all you need to know to help you stay alive when the living dead are milling about.

The first section gives tips on what to wear and what to carry with you. The rest of your education comes in the form of explaining survival skills like how to exterminate a zombie with a frying pan, applying moleskin to a blister, and disorienting the undead with a flashlight. These all sound like really important abilities to have when the ultimate crapstorm finally hits.

There's also a handy reference area at the bottom that contains useful articles, books, movies, television shows, and websites that can give those interested additional information on zombies.

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Set Visit: Actress Kirsten Prout Talks Joy Ride 3

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:15

With writer/director Declan O’Brien’s Joy Ride 3: Road Kill releasing to DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, June 17th, here’s additional coverage stemming from our set visit last summer to the same in Winnipeg, Canada.

Written and directed by O'Brien, whose previous horror entries include the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment features Wrong Turn 3, Wrong Turn 4 and Wrong Turn 5 (as well as Syfy's Sharktopus), Joy Ride 3: Road Kill (review) originated with the 2001 Paul Walker-starring, J.J. Abrams-co-scripted film Joy Ride.

Produced by Kim Todd, this installment (which melds the worlds of tuner car racing and road-trip horror) stars Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the project's villainous truck driver 'Rusty Nail.’

Joining him are Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as tuner-car girl ‘Jewel McCaul,’ Jesse Hutch (Freddy vs. Jason) as racer ‘Jordan Wells,’ Benjamin Hollingsworth (of the television series “Cult”) as mechanic ‘Mickey Cole,’ Gianpaolo Venuta (of the series “Being Human”) as ‘Austin Moore,’ Jake Manly (“Hemlock Grove”) as ‘Bobby Crow,’ Leela Savasta (2006’s Black Christmas) as ‘Alisa Rosado,’ Dean Armstrong (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings) as ‘Officer Williams,’ Sarah Mitch as ‘Candy,’ and J. Adam Brown as ‘Rob,’ among others.

Touching down in Winnipeg last summer, we joined the cast and crew for Days 13 and 14, which featured two evenings of practical effects-heavy night shoots outside the city. In addition to witnessing some rather gruesome gags involving vehicular-inspired mutilation (courtesy of FX artist Cameron Patterson and crew), we chatted with Canadian actress Prout, who stated of her attachment to Joy Ride 3 and her character of ‘Jewel,’ “I read the script and thought it was badass. My character is kind of the ‘cheerleader’ of the (Jordan Wells) racing team, and I think Gianpaolo (Venuta) and I provide a bit of the comedic relief in the film, which I don’t think was intentional, but sometimes you have a funny chemistry with (another actor).”

“It’s safe to say that I’m a horror fan,” continued the affable and striking Prout, who previously starred in the horror flick My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 3 and will appear in the upcoming genre features Stalker and Captured.

“In high school my friend and I would go and dig in the 99-cent bargain bins for the worst horror movies we could find. So I would say how my love for horror started out was through comedy, which is why every time I do a horror film I try and add a little bit of humor into it, because at the end of the day the best horror films have those terrifying moments combined with unintentionally weird, gross or awkward moments, and you just have to laugh. So my love of horror films kind of grew out of a place of camp.”

With director O’Brien nearby overseeing a FX gag involving a character’s grisly demise via radiator fan to the face, “What I love doing is running around, with blood all over the place, screaming and crying and out of control,” commented Prout. “How often do you get to do that in everyday life? So it’s nice to be on a show where we can just let loose. If I can just keep working in horror films, I’d be happy. They are incredibly fun.”

Look for our exclusive video interviews with actor Kirzinger and more from the set of Joy Ride 3: Road Kill here soon, and have a look at our exclusive photo gallery here.

We’d like to thank Fox’s Conor Sellers and Trailer Park’s Cara Mandel for their assistance.

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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.

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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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