From the psychopathic, Christopher Lambert-bothering Kurgan in Highlander to tyrannical prison warden Byran Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption through to new recruit-maiming drill sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers, it's safe to say that I am one of the many movie fans who have more than just a handful of favourite Clancy Brown roles.
Brown joins an impressive cast that includes Anne Heche and James Tupper for Nothing Left To Fear, the first horror film to come from former Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash's production company 'Slasher Films'. Akin to Seventies horror classics The Wicker Man and Rosemary's Baby, Anthony Leonardi III's debut feature channels fears of the occult, secret societies and the supernatural with a modern twist.
We snapped up the chance to get the first word from Clancy himself on his latest role as the ominous Pastor Kingsman, head of a mysterious Baptist church that seems to have much more influence on the residents of its small home town than you may realise...
Aaron Williams: Which of your roles are you most fond of?
Clancy Brown: That's not a fair question; I like them all! If it's sunny outside, I like one; if it's rainy, I like another. God, which one am I most fond of? I love the Highlander, I love the Kurgan. They're all emblematic of a time in my life. Shawshank was the role I was doing when I got married, so I like that one. I like the role I was doing when my daughter was born, Starship Troopers, so I have great affection for that. I like Pastor Kingsman because he's sort of a next iteration of these preachers I've been playing, which I think is kind of a fascinating theme. I was a prison guard for a while, and now I'm the guy who plays a pastor. It's an interesting phase I'm going through.
AW: What kind of research did your role in Nothing Left to Fear require?
CB: You can over-research it. It didn't require the same kind of research that the pastor I played in "Carnivale" required. What I ended up doing was going around these small town churches in and around Louisiana and listening to sermons, seeing what the messages were, and I've gotta tell you – they were a lot scarier than they were in the movie. Me going around in those little churches was far more frightening than the movie itself!
AW: Scary? How so?
CB: Well, they were very political. Not fire and brimstone, but they were directing their flock a lot. They were telling them what to do, what to think and so forth. In Nothing Left To Fear, the thing that I loved about it was Pastor Kingsman was not that kind of overbearing guy. He was a guy that truly did care about his congregation and had to do certain things to protect them, including sacrifice somebody for their sake. He didn't like the fact that he had to do that. He felt guilty about it. He felt bad. It was like he didn't feel worthy. I don't think he ever feels worthy of the task that is given him. I think that humility is sure lacking these days!
AW: How did you land the role of Pastor Kingsman?
CB: I just played another kind of pastor in a film called Hellbenders with Clifton Collins, Jr. He called me up and said, "I gotta send you this script that my friend Slash is producing. I think you'd be perfect for it!" I really enjoyed the script. I think it hit all the right notes as far as the horror conventions that you had to have, but it also had a much deeper heart, much deeper soul, which all the best horror films really have. They're really about social issues and human choices. I love that and I love putting that in a supernatural setting because you can get away with even harsher messages with tougher morals.
AW: How did production go?
CB: It was a good set! I wish we had more money, I'll tell you that too! If we had more time – because money relates to time – it's not really about money, it's about time. It was a good, fun cast. We did the best we could with the amount of time we had and the resources we had. I think every one of us would do it again. That's more the norm than not in a film. It's always a happy adventure to make a film, I think.
AW: I have to ask – did you get to meet Slash?
CB: Oh, yeah! It was great to meet him! He's an icon. There's only a few [people] I get star struck by. I can say "hi" to Morgan Freeman, then go into the other room to get a drink, but Slash I would stare at so I was a little nervous about him! My son is a big Michael Jackson fan, so I said Slash played guitar for this Michael Jackson tribute thing and I said maybe you can call him up and talk to him! My son had no idea who Slash was except he thought he was Michael Jackson's guitar player. So he had all these questions about Jackson and Slash got this huge kick out of it.
AW: What is your most memorable working experience?
CB: A better question is "What is your most unmemorable one?", but then I couldn't answer it because I wouldn't be able to remember it! There's a lot of good memories. I remember doing Nothing Left To Fear and it was so damn hot where we were in Louisiana during the summer. I did a film after that in the same place in the fall, with Jason Statham. I was talking to Jason and I said, "Aw, man I swore I would never come back here and do another movie because it was so miserably hot and awful when I filmed There's Nothing Left To Fear." And he looks at me and he goes, "You never film here in the summer!" I've done ten films here in the last six months. I did one in the summer and I said I would never do another film in the summer. You do it in the fall, you do it in the winter, you do it in the spring, but you get out of here by June.
AW: Which of your roles do you get remembered for the most?
CB: Depends how old the people are. I've had people come up and say stuff to me about Bad Boys, stuff about Cowboys and Aliens, "Carnivale", Highlander. I'm kind of surprised that people even recognise me from these anymore, I've got so grey and chunky. It depends.
AW: You get cast as the villain a lot. Is this something you've come to embrace?
CB: The villains are the most interesting, aren't they? They're very complex. They're often not really villains. They are often like Pastor Kingsman – they're just doing the best they can in horrible circumstances and forced to do horrible things – or they have a world view that is unconventional and believe that they are justified in what they are doing and they're doing it all for the right reasons. The best villains are always reflections of what's going on in society at that time. If you can tap into that psyche and figure out what that is. In Shawshank, the guy was such an asshole, but the reason that he was an asshole – was that he was an asshole! (laughs) I found a picture of a guy that had a scowl on his face and I think, in the book, Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, they talk about the fact that Byran Hadley died of stomach cancer. It's like, what kind of guy dies of stomach cancer? What kind of guy is so tied up that he allows that stuff to grow in his gut? What does that turn you into and how long has it been growing there? There's always a reason. You just have to tap into that.
Dread Central would like to extend our deepest thanks to Clancy for taking the time out to speak with us. Nothing Left To Fear is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, On-Demand, and On-Download.
The wildly fun Nurse 3D (review) is coming home in April, and right now we've got a peek at the Blu-ray / DVD artwork for you cats along with the initial details. Read on for the goods, and if you haven't seen it yet, order Nurse on VOD. It's a bloody blast!
Look for it on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), and Digital HD on April 8th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Directed by Doug Aarniokoski, the flick stars Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Boris Kodjoe, Dita Von Teese, Adam Herschman, Neal McDonough, Niecy Nash, and Nick Turturro.
By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night her real work begins…
Using her smoldering sexuality, she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby’s actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice.
20th Century Fox is pulling out every conceivable stop to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the seminal classic Alien, and we have a look at all the goodies in store, including the first concept art for the recently announced Ripley figure and a Big Chap bust to DIE for!
From the Press Release
35 years later, fans are still “screaming” in space as Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products celebrates the 35th anniversary of the groundbreaking film ALIEN, one of the most enduring sci-fi horror franchises of all time, with multiple iconic partners for exclusive branded merchandise available worldwide.
National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), an entertainment conglomerate and global leader in licensed consumer goods, in association with Fox Consumer Products, announces today the first-ever action figures of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley that feature the likeness of actress Sigourney Weaver, who was nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for ALIENS in 1987. The officially licensed Ripley action figures from NECA will span multiple movies within the ALIEN saga: Initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie ALIENS, directed by James Cameron.
“As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the most successful film franchises of all time, we are thrilled to introduce an array of commemorative products across different categories in partnership with iconic brands including NECA, SEGA, and many more,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products. “In addition to the highly anticipated release of Alien: Isolation™, hardcore fans can finally add Lieutenant Ellen Ripley to their ALIEN collections as we welcome her NECA figures into the family of officially-licensed merchandise. Many other exciting first-time and limited edition products will also release to celebrate this exciting milestone this year.”
Prominent partners participating in the ALIEN global anniversary campaign include:
The official US artwork and trailer for the innovative smartphone-driven Dutch horror flick APP have arrived, and we have them for you right here! No second screen needed! Check out the goods, and look for more on this one soon!
From the Press Release
RAM Releasing, the genre shingle under New York-based distributor Film Movement, today premieres the US theatrical poster and trailer for the label’s first theatrical release since its launch in late 2013, APP.
A film by Bobby Boermans, it’s the first film made with the intentional inclusion of content on a second, mobile screen. The accompanying app, IRIS, is equipped with sonic technology that triggers additional content during the movie – off-screen text messages between characters, an alternative angle in a scene, and more. Though not required for viewing (and enjoying!) the action-packed APP, the intentional use of the second screen makes it a groundbreaking achievement in the continuing convergence of film and technology.
Anna lives with her best friend Sophie and balances psychology classes with supporting her brother and his recovery following a traumatic motorcycle accident. She’s never far from her cellphone, and after a night of partying in the dorms, Anna wakes up groggy and hungover, only to find that a new app has been inexplicably added to it.
Initially helpful and clever, IRIS soon begins behaving mysteriously, answering personal questions it shouldn’t know the answers to and sending inappropriate images to her contacts. When it becomes clear she can’t simply delete the unwanted, evil app, Anna’s efforts to confront it will set in motion a fearful series of events that will put her life, and that of her roommate and her fragile brother, in fatal danger.
APP, RAM Releasing’s first major release in a year packed with equally impressive genre titles slated for theatrical, digital, and home video distribution, opens in theaters May 9; it will be available day-and-date on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Instant, and Cable VOD. The IRIS app – text IRIS to 97-000 to download for iPhone and Android – works in any viewing environment, from multiplex to living room. The app also includes exclusive character bios and film stills.
“RAM Releasing was created to push boundaries,” VP of Distribution Rebeca Conget said. “APP challenges the bad name cellphones have gotten in movie theaters and does it in an entirely ingenious way. Boermans’ film will have you rethinking how you watch movies.”
Formerly titled Haunted, Victor Salva's Dark House is set to open up its creaky doors in less than a month, and a very familiar face will be found on the other side. Step inside for full details!
From the Press Release
The horror-suspense feature Dark House, starring the iconic Tobin Bell (Saw), begins its day-and-date roll-out in March.
On March 11 Cinedigm launches the film in North America across cable, VOD, Blu-ray Disc, and DVD. Paladin will release the movie in New York and Los Angeles on March 14 with additional markets to follow.
Dark House, which follows the terrifying road trip of a young man in search of his dark past, is the freshman effort of LA-based Charles Agron Productions. The company, which expects to announce an international distribution deal in coming days, is also in early stages of pre-production on a second horror title, Monday at 11:01 AM.
Dark House is directed by Victor Salva, a genre favorite whose two Jeepers Creepers films broke box office records and are seminal in the horror canon. Salva co-wrote the script with producer Charles Agron, based on a story by Agron.
Headlining the cast is Tobin Bell. His portrayal of Jigsaw in the Saw franchise was called “brilliant and formidable” by the BBC and made him one of “the most acclaimed names in the world of horror” according to Bloody Disgusting. Up-and-coming young actor Luke Kleintank (“Pretty Little Liars,” 1000 to 1) stars along with Alex McKenna (“Crossing Jordan”, “Dallas”), Zack Ward (Postal), and multiple award-winner Lesley-Anne Down (“Upstairs/Downstairs”).
Says Charles Agron, President of Charles Agron Productions, “It is so gratifying to see this film--which I first sat down to write four years ago--wind up with an iconic director and star, an ensemble of very exciting young actors, and a pair of distributors with deep experience in horror to bring Dark House to audiences.” In addition to producing the film and co-writing with Salva, Agron plays a lead role.
Dark House is a thrilling and horrifying road trip, full of twists and brutal surprises--a suspenseful thriller about a young man and a chilling old house that has survived decades, awaiting the return of its prodigal son… a house that can escalate Nick’s gift to see death before it happens but holds within its walls the origins of a dark family legacy so horrible it may have already reached out to Nick’s unborn child.
When Nick Di Santo learns that his father is not only alive but can possibly reveal the origin of his son's dark gift, he sets out on a trip that takes him to an abandoned mansion he thought only existed in his childhood imagination.
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The third episode of our live internet news/talk show Dread Central Live is here for your viewing pleasure, and it features none other than the one and only John Carpenter as well as his producing partner, Sandy King!
We switched things up this episode as per your suggestions and have ditched the headlines for more topical discussion. Why? Because we listen and want to give you guys the show that you want. Keep those suggestions coming in, and we'll do our best to keep changing and shaping our program to suit you!
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Dread Central Live is a live, half-hour news/information/talk show dedicated to covering all aspects of the horror genre.
Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and "Gore Whore" Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook, moderated by “Jill Kill” and asked on-air by Staci and Vanessa in real time. DC Editor-in-Chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton will also make regular appearances, giving his unique “bat’s eye view” perspective on the genre that has fueled a lifelong obsession with the macabre!
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Today is a good day to be a fan of the Alien franchise. NECA Toys, the company responsible for much plastic-based Alien-themed badassery, has just made the announcement we as fans have been waiting for...
As part of the 35th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking Alien, NECA will release the first-ever action figures of main character Ellen Ripley that feature the likeness and approval of actress Sigourney Weaver, who was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for Aliens in 1987!
Initial plans include a figure of Ripley in her Nostromo jumpsuit from the original 1979 film, to be followed later by a Ripley figure based on the 1986 movie Aliens, directed by James Cameron.
Prototypes will debut later this summer at San Diego Comic-Con!
The celebration will continue through the year, with a special 35th Anniversary figure appearing in each series of Alien 7″ action figures. Visitors to the booth got a rare peek at Series 3, scheduled for July; Series 4 is slated for autumn.
NECA also revealed a spectacular summer treat for fans: two Deluxe 35th Anniversary releases, both completely in scale with the main action figure line. The massive “Alien Queen Ultra Deluxe Boxed Action Figure” will arrive in July, shortly before the release of the iconic “Power Loader” exoskeleton, which is famously used by Lt. Ripley to battle the Alien Queen in one of the most thrilling scenes in the 1987 movie.
— NECA (@NECA_TOYS) February 18, 2014
Will Josh and Nora be able to overcome the events of last night's episode of "Being Human"? This sneak peek of the upcoming Episode 4.07, "Gallows Humor," focuses on other characters, but from the synopsis, it sounds like they'll be taking steps to repair the damage.
"Being Human" stars Sam Witwer as vampire Aidan, Meaghan Rath as ghost (and witch) Sally, and Sam Huntington and Kristen Hager as werewolves Josh and Nora.
"Being Human" Episode 4.07 - "Gallows Humor" (airs 2/24/14)
Sally learns more than she bargained for after going to Donna (Amy Aquino) for help dealing with her latest loss.
Aidan and Suzanna (Katharine Isabelle) find themselves face-to-face with the truth about their tumultuous past while Nora and Josh seek out an old friend who might be able to turn things around.
NECA has been absolutely killing it at Toy Fair these last couple of days, as they always do. Their latest unveiling couldn't have been timed any better, as it comes our way just in time for Godzilla's 60th anniversary and the impending American remake!
Based on the 1994 film Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla, this 6" tall figure measures a whopping 12" from head to tail and features an impressive 30 points of articulation. It's the first in an upcoming line of classic Godzilla figures from the company, which will be followed by a Return of Godzilla figure.
Godzilla 1994 is set to stomp its way onto toy shelves this coming July.
You can also soon expect a Godzilla 2014 figure from NECA, though images of the rebooted beast have not yet been revealed.
From the land of Coffin Joe comes Marco Dutra's When I Was Alive (Quando Eu Era Vivo), which promises horrors much more nightmare-inducing than a painful Brazilian wax. Check out the trailer for the flick, which is based on a novel by Lourenço Mutarelli!
The film stars Marat Descartes, Antonio Fagundes, and Sandy Leah.
Junior is back to live with his family after he loses his job and gets separated from his wife. Upon arriving in the house that once was his home, he feels like a stranger and spends his days on the couch of the old Senior, brooding over the separation and his unemployment and dreaming of the young tenant, Bruna. After finding a few objects that belonged to his mother, Junior begins to want to know all about the history of the family and develops a strange obsession with the past, confusing delusion and reality.
More casting news has come in for Alberto Marini's new flick Summer Camp, as Fin's Andres Velencoso and [REC] 3's Diego Boneta have both signed on to star in the film.
They join the previously announced Jocelin Donahue (House of the Devil), Alex Gonzalez (X-Men: First Class), and Maiara Walsh (Zombieland).
Summer Camp begins its shoot February 24 in Barcelona, marking the directorial debut of Marini. [REC] franchise director Jaume Balaguero will executive produce.
Summer Camp centers on three American camp counselors who show up for their summer jobs at an English-language camp in Spain and come face-to-face with a virus unlike anything seen before.
Look for more on this one soon!
The producer's cut of the flick which is LARPing as a Joe Lynch film, Knights of Badassdom, is actually doing pretty well via VOD as it's the #1 horror film on iTunes and also the #9 action film and #10 comedy film! Check out an exclusive clip!
Knights of Badassdom, starring Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage, and Summer Glau, is now available on Digital and On Demand! The film is available to purchase from:
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KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus from the pits of hell.
Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons, and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship are put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers or true “Knights of Badassdom”?
Are Joe and Lily a match made in heaven... or in hell? After the events of last night, we're anxious to see what these two have up their sleeves in next week's Episode 2.06 of "The Following," entitled "Fly Away." Check out this new batch of stills for clues.
"The Following" Episode 2.06 - "Fly Away" (2/24/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/1/14, 9-10PM)
Looking for back-up and hoping to execute their plan, Ryan and Max contact the FBI. But Weston has other ideas, leading to a standoff between good and evil.
Meanwhile, Joe’s new relationship escalates into uncharted territory, and Luke (Sam Underwood) finds himself in a troubling situation.
Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang.
Guest Cast: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle; Bambadjan Bamba as Sami.
The mother of all Kaiju movies, 1954's Godzilla, or Gojira for you purists out there, is getting ready to stomp a mudhole into a theatre (hopefully) near you, and we couldn't possibly be more elated! Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release
A new restoration of GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL, the monster classic that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes, will debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, followed by a national release beginning at New York’s Film Forum, April 18-24.
GODZILLA was originally released here in 1956 as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original’s 98 minute running time. Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the Seven Samurai.
As directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original’s underlying theme: in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament. The American version also cut out all of the original’s astonishing Strangelove-like black humor.
The original GODZILLA holds up as one of the greatest science fiction/monster films ever made, boasting still-impressive special effects, as the radiation-breathing prehistoric monster, awakened after millennia by Hydrogen Bomb testing – and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army – wreaks destruction on Tokyo.
GODZILLA became Toho Studio’s #1 box office hit of 1954 (its #2 that year was Seven Samurai) and was so popular worldwide that the company has since produced nearly 30 sequels and remakes; a statue near Toho headquarters in Tokyo pays tribute to their most valuable property. In 1984, the prestigious film journal Kinema Junpo rated it among the top 20 Japanese films of all time. In 1989, a published survey of 370 Japanese movie critics, Nihon Eiga Besuto 150 (Best 150 Japanese Films), ranked Godzilla the 27th greatest Japanese feature ever made.
A new American version of Godzilla from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, directed by Gareth Edwards (2010’s Monsters), will be released nationally May 16.
More casting news has arrived for Jose Pendres' new flick, The Divine Tragedies, and it's another familiar genre favorite! Read on for the details, and look for additional goodies on this one soon!
From the Press Release
Writer/director Jose Prendes (THE HAUNTING OF WHALEY HOUSE) and producers Jon and James Kondelik are excited to welcome Sean Whalen (THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, TWISTER, HATCHET III) to the cast of their new film.
“I wrote this really bizarre and sleazy character, who just so happened to have some endearing qualities, and I always had Sean in mind for it,” says Jose. “He was the first actor we went out to, and he said yes immediately after reading the script, which was great because I couldn’t see anyone else playing that role.”
DIVINE TRAGEDIES, based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother Thomas Lo Bianco (Jon Kondelik, Airplane Vs. Volcano), who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives, they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree), a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.
Sean’s character, Doug, sends the brothers on their journey early on with a nail-biting sequence that is guaranteed to be hard to sit through.
"I am excited to play Doug, the crack head in THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES,” say Sean. “It's an actor’s dream part. It opens the film, and it is a tour de force. I hope I live up to Jose's writing of the character. I'm going to bust my butt to do a good job, so Jose better make it look good because I plan to use this one on my reel!"
Filming begins at the end of February.
People are beginning to lose their collective shit for 3.75" retro-style action figures, and the rage is showing no sign of slowing down. In addition to the bevy of ReAction figures which were recently announced, Bif Bang Pow is giving "The Twilight Zone" the vintage treatment.
Action Figure Insider just posted the following image from the currently happening Toy Fair, and just like similar figures of this style, these things kick a copious amount of ass.
There are 6 figures in the first wave. Not shown is the Henry Bemis figure, but that will come... in time. See what we did there? Dig it!
This coming Saturday, February 22nd, at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA, there will be a signing of the book Out in the Dark, a compilation of interviews with gay horror filmmakers, including writers, directors, and actors.
A Facebook event page has been set up with all the details, but here's who is expected to be there so far, with more still to come: Editor Sean Abley and contributors Jeffrey Reddick, JT Seaton, Mark Bessenger, Armando Munoz, Tim Sullivan, and Jeffrey Schwarz will be signing Out in the Dark: Interviews with Gay Horror Filmmakers, Actors & Authors.
The event runs from 2-5 PM PT. Dark Delicacies is located at 3512 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91505.
Gay men have a decades-long, complicated history with the horror genre. While working behind the scenes to create some of the most iconic terrors on film (such as James Whale's Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man), they watched themselves portrayed on screen with sinister subtext, or ''the best friend who dies first''; victimhood.
But in the last twenty years there has been a significant shift in the horror world courtesy of a growing number of out authors, screenwriters, directors, and actors working to scare you. Out in the Dark: Interviews with Gay Filmmakers, Actors and& Authors introduces you to many of these men with interviews and insights into their work and their lives. From mainstream Hollywood filmmakers (Don Mancini, Child's Play and the Chucky films) to indie exploitation mainstays (Joshua Grannell aka Peaches Christ, All About Evil); prolific authors (Douglas Clegg, The Children's Hour) to small press niche writers (Alan Kelly, Let Me Die a Woman); recently out teen idols (Wesley Eure, Land of the Lost) to gay indie staples (Matthew Montgomery, Socket), Out in the Dark offers new perspectives on the interstitial realm of the queer and horrific.
A couple more photos from the May 11th premiere of "Penny Dreadful" have come in, which give us our first look at Danny Sapani as Sembene along with an up-close peek at Eva Green as Vanessa Ives.
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.
"Penny Dreadful" is created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, "Call the Midwife"). Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directs the first two episodes.
"Penny Dreadful" is set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, May 11th, at 10PM ET/PT. But if you're attending the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, you can catch it early on Sunday, March 9, 2:00-3:00 PM at the Vimeo Theater, 201 Trinity.
Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. "PENNY DREADFUL" is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
From his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise.
We're going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he's acted in, or god forbid produced, we'd be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.
Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion dollars at the box office worldwide, then you must be doing something right. Other notables are The Gift and, for you hardcore Raimi/Bruce Campbell fans, Crimewave.
Now on to our Top 9:
The Evil Dead (1981)
No sense in fooling around. We may as well start this list right off with the film that got the ball rolling for Sam Raimi, and that is, of course, The Evil Dead. More than a cult classic, The Evil Dead is a cornerstone of the horror genre. Launching the careers of Raimi and frequent collaborator Bruce Campbell (not to mention Joel Coen of the famous Coen Brothers, who was an editor on the film), The Evil Dead is the cabin in the woods film. The one that set the standard that is imitated to this day. As amusing as it is gruesome, what The Evil Dead lacked in budget, it more than made up for with personality. Seen as Raimi's rite of passage film, The Evil Dead would go on to be so much more than just another horror flick. It spawned sequels and a remake and absolute legions of fans. If there was a Mount Rushmore of horror, The Evil Dead would be on it.
Drag Me To Hell (2005)
After doing a trio of Spider-Man movies, Raimi decided to return to his horrific roots with a dastardly film entitled Drag Me to Hell in 2005. And, even though it had been 17 years since Army of Darkness with only thrillers and no real horror movies in between, Raimi came back strong. It was hailed by audiences and critics alike, which was reflected at the box office. The movie brought in over $100 million on a $30 million budget. It also brought us one of the more memorable new horror characters in a long time. Not an oversized monster or blade-wielding psycho, not this time. The creepiest character in Drag Me to Hell was an elderly Hungarian woman named Sylvia Ganush (played marvelously by Lorna Raver), who just happened to have the ability to lay one helluva curse on you.
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If you can't land the rights to direct a big-time superhero movie from an established icon of the comic book world, what do you do? If you're Sam Raimi, you just create your own character and go from there! Raimi attempted a film adaptation of The Shadow but could not secure the rights. (Also, before he became Mr. Spider-Man, Raimi lobbied to take the Batman reins after Tim Burton was booted but was passed over in favor of Joel Schumacher. Nice move, Hollywood.) So, unable to move forward with an established hero, Raimi dreamed up Darkman, and a cult hero was born. This was Raimi's first big studio Hollywood film. Played originally by Liam Neeson, Darkman (or Peyton Westlake for those with a penchant for alter-egos) set out to avenge those who wronged him, burned him alive and basically destroyed all he lived for. A heroic monster risen from the ashes. "I am everyone and no one. Everywhere. Nowhere. Call me... Darkman."
A Simple Plan (1998)
One of the most underrated films you'll ever stumble upon, A Simple Plan seemed to come and go ever so silently with just a $16 million take at the box office. Based on the book of the same name by Scott Smith, A Simple Plan starts out quietly enough, but when a crashed plane containing nothing but a dead pilot and a bag containing $4.4 million is found, things begin to get very exciting very quickly. The outstanding cast of Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda bring this tale of lies, greed and deceit to life; and the result is a dark film that makes the audience unable to think about anything but what they'd do in the same situation. A stellar example of things going from good to bad to oh shit, A Simple Plan is stripped down movie-making at its best. Thornton was nominated for both the Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role of slightly dim Jacob Mitchell. One of Raimi's most brilliantly woven tales.
Army of Darkness (1992)
"This is my boomstick!" The third and final installment in the Evil Dead trilogy took everything that was great about Evil Dead 2 and went even further with it. Originally in Evil Dead 2, Raimi wanted Ash to be thrown into a time portal and be whisked back to the Middle Ages. Due to budget constraints, that angle had to be scrapped, but when it came time to dust Ash off one more time, Raimi went right for the portal, and we got Army of Darkness. In this one Campbell ramps up the smarmy cheesiness to 11, and the humor is off the charts. (Dig Raimi's love for "The Three Stooges" in the clip below.) More physical laughs accompanied by fantastic special F/X work made Army of Darkness the perfect way to wind up the series. We see our hero, Ash, return to his normal job at S-Mart ("Shop Smart! Shop S-Mart!"), but as we know by the high-octane final scene, life will never be the same for him again. "Groovy."
For Love of the Game (1999)
I thought maybe if I buried this one in the middle of the list I could slide it by you Dreadies. Honestly, I know this is a completely self-serving entry to the list, but there is something about this film I adore. After horror, my next true love is baseball, and although it's cheesy and sappy and predictable, For Love of the Game managed to get me a misty in a Rudy kind of way. However, it was after that misty emotional well-up that I vowed never to watch another film that doesn't have at least one character meet their untimely demise at the hands of some kind of beastie or baddie. Thank you, Sam Raimi, for that! And I appreciate you Dreadies' forgiveness and allowing me to place For Love on the Game on this list of Raimi's best.
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The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Raimi showed just how versatile he could be as a director upon the release of The Quick and the Dead. Because after directing Evil Dead 2, Darkman and Army of Darkness, what would be the next logical step but a western starring Sharon Stone as a female gunslinger? Somehow, the movie actually kicked ass, and Raimi could add another genre to his directorial cap. Filled with an outstanding cast in addition to Stone, which included Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio starring and Lance Henriksen, Tobin Bell and Gary Sinise in smaller roles, The Quick and the Dead definitely had the acting talent to succeed. Unfortunately, due to heavy competition at the box office and any number of other reasons, it struggled to find viewers, even with Stone's performance being praised by critics. Although it will never be hailed as the greatest Sam Raimi film, The Quick and the Dead showed the versatility of the director and his fearlessness to dive into any project at all.
Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Along came a spider. Raimi was certainly a successful director before the summer of 2002 rolled around. But after the release of Spider-Man, he became a box office superhero himself. Spider-Man became the first film to break $100 million in its opening weekend and for over four years held the record for largest opening weekend gross before being topped by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. And, aside from the hype and money haul, Spider-Man was a great film. With an amazing villain (Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin), a super hero (Tobey Maguire as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man) and superb supporting cast and cameo appearances (Kirsten Dunst, James Franco in supporting roles and cameos by Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Stan Lee and Lucy Lawless), Spider-Man was fantastic. Spider-Man 2 returned with the cast intact and brought an even better villain to the table with Alfred Molina playing Dr. Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus). Doc Ock looked amazing when brought to life on the big screen, as if he had just stepped out of the pages of the comics. Both films grossed around $800 million each. Spider-Man 3 was the biggest earner of the trilogy at nearly $900 million, and it would have made this list, and perhaps headlined it, if only they had moved the action along a bit better and used the beloved character Venom a bit more diligently. But for superhero movies, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 are top-notch!
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
This is horror's The Empire Strikes Back, horror's The Godfather Part II. This is the sequel that outshined the original. And to one-up something as beloved as The Evil Dead was no easy task to accomplish. But Raimi did it. By adding slapstick comedy to the mix, Raimi brought an entirely new element to the film. This time it was Bruce Campbell who absolutely ran away with the film and solidified himself as a horror star. Campbell's outrageous physical comedy in Evil Dead 2 was outstanding. He was doing the stuff that made Jim Carrey a star while Carrey was still doing standup at Yuk-Yuks in Toronto (reality check: by 1987 Carrey already had six films under his belt, but the writer could not resist the Yuk-Yuks reference). Loaded gore and guffaws, Evil Dead 2 is just about the best time you can have with a horror movie.
Scream Factory releases the DARKMAN COLLECTOR’S EDITION Blu-ray (review here) today, February 18th, featuring all-new interviews with Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Larry Drake, Danny Hicks, make-up effects artist Tony Gardner, production designer Randy Ser, art director Philip Dagort and much more! This definitive collector’s edition also contains a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art.
In the darkest hour, there’s a light that shines on every human being, but one...
Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand star in this explosive, action-packed thriller from director Sam Raimi. Dr. Peyton Westlake (Neeson) is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love (McDormand).
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Tool, Black Label Society, My Chemical Romance, Down, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mushroomhead, Devil You Know, La Dispute, Midtown, Fishbone, Energy and more. Don't touch that dial.
Devil You Know will release their debut album, The Beauty of Destruction, on April 29 via Nuclear Blast. The band is fronted by former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones.
Mushroomhead will release their eighth album, The Righteous & The Butterfly, on May 13th via Megaforce Records.
A New Jersey woman who sued Fishbone after frontman Angelo "Dr. Madd Vibe" Moore landed on her while stage diving has been awarded $1.4 million for compensatory and punitive damages.
Listen to My Chemical Romance's "Fake Your Death" here. It appears on the bands posthumous greatest hits collection, May Death Never Stop You, which comes out March 25 via Reprise Records.
Grab a free download of Energy’s A Tribute to the Misfits here, where you can also stream it. The brand new Misfits covers EP is self-released by the band.
Listen to a new Killwhitneydead song titled “Tyrant Enthroned” here. Their new album, Suffer My Wrath, is due out on June 10 via Tribunal Records.
Watch Palms music video/short film for "Mission Sunset" here. The band features members of Defontes and Isis.
Watch Demon Hunter's lyric video for "Artificial Light" here. It's a new track from Extremist, which comes out March 18 on Solid State Records.
Watch La Dispute's music video for "For Mayor in Splitsville" here. Their forthcoming Rooms of the House streets March 18 via Better Living.
Tool have announced new shows for March. Dates are here.
Dates for the "Revolver Golden Gods Tour" with Black Label Society, Down and Devil You know can be found here.
The Dillinger Escape Plan upcoming tour dates can be found here.
Reunions from Midtown and Saosin are among the acts confirmed for this year’s Skate and Surf. The festival will take place May 17-18 in Middletown, NJ. Dates are here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest music news!