Some might say it’s strange that two found-bigfootage* movies were released so close together. Some might say it’s strange that sasquatch horror hasn’t been done more often. But we say forget all that, and listen to Double Murder episode 56: Willow Creek vs. Exists!
In Willow Creek (2013), by Bobcat Goldthwait, a couple heads out into the wilderness in search of the location of the famed Patterson-Gimlin film. Along the way they interview some of the local townsfolk whose livelihood depends on attracting tourists to the area, and some of whom are not too fond of outsiders poking around.
In Exists (2014), made by Blair Witch Project creator Eduardo Sanchez, a group of friends heads up to a cabin in the woods (WHAT COULD GO WRONG!?) to film each other jumping into rivers and making out. They soon realize that there’s a reason the cabin has been abandoned, and that they’re not alone in the woods.
Tune in to hear which movie Danny! and Tim would make a plaster cast of its footprint, and which should remain a hoax on Double Murder! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or listen now in the media player below! Also, be sure to like the Double Murder Facebook page!
*see what I did there?
How much fun is it to gather a group of friends, order some pizza and lay down a few beers, and watch some kickass horror movies? It’s a chance to cheer, to joke, to mock, to laugh, and to simply have a great time. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to show their obsession with films by pumping out one quote after another.
So let’s talk about some great horror quotes, shall we? As usual, I’ve got a few of my favorites ahead. Check them out and then leave a comment with your favorite below!
Now, these are by no means the most well known nor are they the best of the genre. These are just a few that I happen to love and wanted to share. Believe me when I say that I’ve got hundreds of these in the back of my mind that I could write out!
Rob Zombie continues to slowly reveal the cast of his upcoming Halloween horror flick 31, which is currently in production. We round out the week with a couple new additions, so read on if you’re interested to find out who else Zombie has brought on board his latest ship!
According to the official Rob Zombie Facebook page, Pancho Moler (“American Horror Story”) and Tracy Walter (The Silence of the Lambs) are the newest members of the growing 31 cast. Moler plays “Sick-Head,” while Walter has been cast as “Lucky Leo.”
Moler and Walter join the previously announced Jeff Daniel Phillips as Roscoe; Jane Carr as “Sister Serpent”; Richard Brake as “Doom-Head”; Ginger Lynn as Cherry Bomb, a very special friend of the main man Doom-Head; Malcolm McDowell, who will play Father Murder, the owner of Murder World; Judy Geeson as “Sister Dragon”; David Ury as “Schizo-Head”; Daniel Roebuck as Pastor Victor; Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as “Panda Thomas,” the manager of a traveling roadshow known as “The Venus Lux Happy Time Fun Show”; E.G. Daily as the character “Sex-Head”; Torsten Voges as “Death-Head, as well as Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.
Filming has officially begun on F. Javier Gutierrez’ Rings, which was originally reported to be a prequel to the 2002 remake of The Ring but is actually a years-later sequel. On tap for you today is the latest casting news, so read on!
Best known to horror fans for her role in Scream 4, Aimee Teegarden has joined the cast of Rings, reports Deadline. The film will be set 13 years after the remake.
As previously reported, Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) has nabbed the male lead in the film, starring opposite Italian actress Matilda Lutz. He will be playing Holt, who is the boyfriend to Lutz’s character and becomes distant from her after watching the tape.
Related Story: First Look at Rings Shows Return of Samara
Rings will hit theaters on November 13, 2015.
Gutierrez is directing from a script written by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka, and Jacob Aaron Estes.
Based on a Japanese cult success, the first U.S. film went on to gross $249 million at the worldwide box office. That was enough to justify a sequel, which didn’t match the first one’s B.O. power but still grossed $160 million worldwide.
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I love when actors are candid, and can reflect harshly on the characters they’ve played. And sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the characters flaws that make them so relatable.
If I remember correctly, on the very first episode of “The X-Files” (1993), Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) is introduced to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), who is the black sheep in the office. The idea is that Mulder is “out there” and basically a nut bag conspiracy theorist. Scully is the perfect compliment, as she’s based in a world of science, and is there to debunk everything he believes. Why? They believe he’s gone over the deep end. And maybe he has, even though thought nine season of the show we find out he’s sorta right.
Anyways, the point is, maybe he’s his own worst enemy, and bad at his job as an F.B.I. agent?
Reflecting back on his character with the NY Times, he throws out this incredible bombshell: he believes Fox Mulder is the worst F.B.I. agent of all time!
“The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years. So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time. As F.B.I. agents, I would say we were not by the book. Especially Mulder.”
The highlight, though, is his answer when asked if he’ll solve a case this time around:
“I don’t know. I hope not. That would really change the show.”
He’s clearing joking around, but it’s fantastic to be so aware of the character’s flaws. Also, maybe it’s true, maybe having Mulder solving a case destroys what made him so special in the first place? Or maybe, just maybe, his first big resolution will conclude the franchise once and for all…
There’s a lot of other great stuff in the interview, which I recommend reading in full.
GUYS, I’M SO EXCITED!
“Friday Night Lights” and Scream 4 star Aimee Teegarden, pictured, is the latest to watch the cursed tape in Rings, starring alongside Matilda Lutz and Alex Roe, says Deadline.
The third installment in The Ring horror franchise, about a cursed video tape that unleashes a demonic horror which kills the unwitting viewer within seven days, is officially behind cameras in Atlanta!
F. Javier Gutiérrez directs from a script by David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman.
Rings is a sequel to the 2002 The Ring, the remake to the J-horror classic Ringu.
Things get even more complicated for Liv in Monday night’s Episode 1.03 of “iZombie,” titled “The Exterminator.” It’s not just any murderer she’s trying to help find; it’s the murderer of a murderer!
Check out some cool promo art, a new clip, plus an inside look at the ep for an idea of what she’s up against.
“iZombie” Episode 1.03 – “The Exterminator” (airs 3/31/15)
HIT MAN HIT AND RUN — As Liv (Rose McIver) and Detective Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate a hit and run case, they discover the victim was a sociopathic hit man responsible for the murder of a tech entrepreneur, a case that Peyton (Aly Michalka) is prosecuting.
Liv and Ravi (Rahul Kohli) dig deeper into a supposed zombie sighting that was posted on line, which leads Liv to make a surprising discovery about someone from her past. Major (Robert Buckley) moves on with his life, and Peyton is shocked by Liv’s reaction.
David Anders also stars. Michael Fields directed the episode story by Rob Thomas; teleplay by Graham Norris and Lee Arcuri.
Emerald City Comic Con is under way this weekend in Seattle, WA; and per usual, Dark Horse announced a slew of new projects – ten to be exact – heading our way later this year. Some are horror (including a series co-written by Joe R. Lansdale and Mark Miller), some are sci-fi, and some are for the younger set. There’s even a new Barb Wire tale ahead!
We’ve included them all here with the most Dread-worthy grouped together at the top.
The Steam Man #1
Mark Miller (W)
Joe R. Lansdale (W)
Piotr Kowalski (A)
On Sale in October
The Old West (but not as we know it): Giant robots that run on steam power are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse.
Death Head #1
Zack Keller, Nick Keller (W)
Joanna Estep (A)
On Sale in July
When Niles and Justine Burton go camping to get a break from their stressful lives, they expect to find peace… not an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil. In a turn of events ripped straight from a horror movie, a brutal killer wearing a plague doctor’s mask begins hunting Niles, Justine, and their two kids. Who is the Plague Doctor? What does he want? And how will the family survive?
Negative Space #1
Ryan K. Lindsay (W)
Owen Gieni (A)
On Sale in July
When one man’s writer’s block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation. A corporation has manipulated his life purely so they can farm his suicide note as a sadness artifact that will be packed and shipped to ancient underwater creatures who feed off our strongest and most base emotions. Our hero partners with a cult intent on exposing the corporation, and only a suicide mission can solve the whole mess.
King Tiger #1
Randy Stradley (W)
Doug Wheatley (A)
On Sale in August
Blood, death, and fire—the darkest kind of magic. A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny? If the Tiger falls, the Dragon will rise!
The Tomorrows #1
Curt Pires (W)
Jason Copland (A)
On Sale in July
A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!
The future: art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it. They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.
Scott Kolins (W/A)
On Sale in August
Award-winning writer and artist Scott Kolins (Past Aways, The Flash, The Avengers, Solomon Grundy) premieres Adam.3.
On a futuristic island paradise populated by talking animals and monitored by orbiting control satellites, the peaceful lives of Adam and his wife, Skye, are troubled by growing tension between Adam and his previous son, Beo. The situation goes from bad to worse when an alien invader infects the animals—turning them into aliens themselves. When Beo is captured, Adam must battle his transformed animal friends to save his son—and their island home!
Power Cubed #1
Aaron Lopresti (W/A)
On Sale in September
On his eighteenth birthday, Kenny’s inventor father gives him a phenomenal piece of matter-reinterpreting technology, attracting the attention of a bumbling Nazi scientist and an elite government agent. Aaron Lopresti delivers a comical coming-of-age tale in a fantastic sci-fi universe!
Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face #1
Eric Powell (W)
Stephanie Buscema (A)
On Sale in late 2015
Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus’s most adorable bearded girl and her savory-named beast are back, and there is a new act in store! Come one, come all to the Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face! But beware: Those who look behind the curtain are in for an awful treat, and it’s not just his face we’re talkin’ about!
Barb Wire #1
Chris Warner (W)
Patrick Olliffe (A)
On Sale in July
Nail-hard tough and drop-dead gorgeous, Barb Wire is the baddest bounty hunter on the mean streets of Steel Harbor, where gangsters can lift bulldozers and leap rusting factories in a single bound. The hunting is stupid good, and the bounties are hella big—if Barb lives long enough to collect!
Zodiac Starforce #1
Kevin Panetta (W)
Paulina Ganucheau (A)
On Sale in August
They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters—not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!
From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship—with plenty of magical-girl fighting action—delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!
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It’s not a stretch to say the first three months of 2015 have been lousy with horror games. We’ve been blessed with a steady drip-feed of spooky scary releases, and I’ve enjoyed how consistent the quality has been. With so many games arriving so closely together, you might expect more failures. That’s made this mostly solid bunch of games even more impressive.
The last three months set the bar high enough that I doubt the rest of 2015 will be able to live up to it. Even still, the remaining nine months could be considerably less exciting and I’d still consider the year a success.
As fond as I am of all these new games, the wet blanket in me can’t help but want to take this joyous time of year and bludgeon it to death with something akin to a freshly used toilet scrubbing brush. Until now, you were probably as satisfied with 2015 as I am. Enjoy that feeling while it lasts, because I’m about to show you how much better this year could’ve been.
That’s actually not true at all. The reason I’ve decided to write this piece, which I’ll admit is a bit of a downer, is because there’s a handful of games that I get asked about on a regular basis, mostly from folks who seem to assume one of the benefits I get from working for Bloody Disgusting involves horror game-exclusive Future Sight.
If you think I’m trying to hide my unusually specific superpower from you, I’d like to direct you to a similarly themed list I wrote last year. So far, an impressive zero of the eight games I said we might not see until 2015 — also known as now — are confirmed 2015 releases. Pessimists might see that as a failure on my part, but they’d be overlooking how impressive it is to attain 0% accuracy.
Let’s see how I fare this year!
When it comes to aliens taking over the universe, there may not be a more bumbling team than the ragtag scumdogs known as GWAR. Yes, they manage to cause untold amounts of carnage and destruction, but having a base of operations in Antarctica? A bit too cold for me and it’s definitely too remote to actually get anything of substance done. Also, they’ve been around for a few decades and they still haven’t taken over any country, principality, province… Hell, they haven’t captured a damn zip code.
But you know what they have? Tenacity and tons of it. It’s always exciting to see what theses monstrosities will do, even in the face of terrible adversity. That’s why they’re getting an honorable spot in our Twisted Music Video Of The Week series!
We’re going to showcase their video for “Gor Gor”, which introduced what I thought would be the ultimate weapon against the human race. Alas, Gor Gor hasn’t been able to do much more than eat the occasional GWAR lackey, but that doesn’t make him any less badass!
So, without further ado, face the terror that is Gor Gor!
Alice has had enough. She’s finally decided that she’s not going to put up with her abusive boyfriend Jack any longer, especially when her lover Dylan is just waiting, ever so patently, to whisk her away to a better life. She puts her foot down and hits the road, but first, she makes a pit stop to see her friends, Nathan and Lucy Webb. Just when she thinks that she’s finally on the path to freedom, she’s yanked back into her nightmare by the people she thought she could trust the most. Kill Me Three Times shows just how far people can go when they need the money badly enough.
Full of life and clearly in love with her craft, Alice Braga is a very mesmerizing and intelligent woman. When we chatted a few days ago about her upcoming film Kill Me Three Times, it felt more like two girls getting coffee than a formal interview. While we sat and giggled our way through the conversation, Alice talked about her instant chemistry with Luke Hemsworth, her love of stunt work, and the importance of taking on fast-paced action roles as a woman in Hollywood.
Kalyn Corrigan: How did you go about signing onto this film? What was the process like? Did your agent ask you to audition, did the director come and speak with you and say he’s seen your previous work and he loves you? What was that whole process like?
Alice Braga: Laurence Malkin, he was one of the producers, one of the American producers, he’s my agent’s brother, and actually I got attached to the project, it came to me like years ago. I can’t even remember how many, but I think like four years ago maybe? It was a long, long, time ago, and they actually had another director attached to it, and we spoke. I was curious about it, it wasn’t certain, but time went by and when they attached Kriv to direct, they called me and said “Look, we have this director, it’s going to happen”, and they started pulling together a bunch of different actors which was super interesting, and I was already ready, in a way, for the project. So it came through the producer, and then it came together with my desire to work with Kriv, I’ve seen Boxing Day and I loved it, and Red Dog so it was interesting how it came about. I think it was meant to be, in a way, because I was the first one to be attached. Before everyone else.
KC: Before anyone? So what was it that drew you to the script? Was it the director mainly that made you want to do this film?
AB: I mean I was curious about the story when they told me a long, long time ago. The script was super different. Well, not super different, but it had changes, and got better and better and better, but when Kriv got attached, and Simon and everybody pulling together, it just became interesting in the sense of not knowing whether it was going to be a drama or a comedy but a halfway through and Simon’s such a phenomenal actor that it was just interesting to see what he was going to bring, and I think he brings it.
KC: Yeah, definitely. So, since you were the first to be attached, what was it like when Luke Hemsworth came along? Was there instant chemistry? Was it something that grew over the course of filming?
AB: I did a chemistry reading with different actors and Luke was one of them, and actually, funny enough I have the same manager that Luke has. I knew Chris [Hemsworth] before because he was around L.A., and I met him a couple of years before meeting Luke, so I knew of him and all that, but it was great, he’s such a wonderful guy. I remember when reading, he was very honest and truthful in the scene that we were doing and I really liked his work, and right away, there was a connection. On set, we became good friends because he was far away from his family, I was far away from my family, even though his family is in Australia, so it just came up like very natural and I think through mutual respect toward how we were facing the characters, I think Luke was very honest with his feelings in the character and in the moment, very truthful. So it was great, it was wonderful to work with him.
KC: Do you think that had a positive effect on the film?
AB: I think so, definitely, I mean I hope so (laughs). People are starting to see it now, because I’ve only spoken to managers and actors and agents and producers so you never know. It’s nice to have other people’s point of view, but I think so, definitely, yeah.
KC: What was it like filming the action scenes? There’s a lot of crazy stunts. Did you do any of those yourself?
AB: I did almost everything. There’s a stunt girl that did some, like she did the rolling down the hill one and all that because I couldn’t do it, she did a lot actually, but some of them I wanted to do myself, especially because of camera-wise and all that. It’s fun to make, especially. Apart from that, you bring more reality to it. I love those things, like for me, it’s like Disneyland. I’m like, “Let’s do it!” It’s like a kid playing in the playground. So yeah, it was a challenge, physically you need to be ready for it and not hurt yourself, but of course, I know my boundaries. But it was a lot of fun. I hope people can notice it’s me, then it’s worth it to go through it.
KC: Were there any stunts that you wanted to do that the crew was like “no, it’s too dangerous, you can’t!”
AB: Rolling down the hill. (Laughs)
KC: Yeah, you wanted to do that? (Laughs)
AB: I mean, it looked fun. I was like, “Let’s roll!” But they wouldn’t let me do it. I mean, there was a lot of rocks, they would never let me do it, and I would never do it. I’m just saying that to be cool. I’m kidding. (Laughs)
KC: So did you go through a lot of training for your action scenes, or was it just something that you did on your own time?
AB: I always train myself and I’ve done a lot of action films, so it was something that was natural for me. I work out normally and all that, even though in Australia I was a bit lazy, because it was just so beautiful I would go to the beach with wine in my bag and that’s it. But normally, I’m kind of ready for it. I did a couple of action films that kind of like made me be ready for these type of things, but for this one, no, I think it was just something that I threw myself into it.
KC: Yeah I’ve noticed, looking at your film resume, that there’s a lot of action films and a lot of fast-paced thrillers, so was is it that brings you back, that draws you to this genre?
AB: I love making films no matter what, I come from independent films in Brazil, very indie, small drama films and since I came to the U.S., that door opened, like I did I Am Legend, then I did Predators, then I did Repo Men. There were some type of films that came in my direction and the doors opened for me to work on these types of projects, and I think, especially being a foreigner, those were the types of films that were open for a foreigner, and that was very interesting. I kind of like doing the auditions and getting the parts so I think it was a happy coincidence. I have so much fun and I love them so much, and it’s great, because I got the chance to work with great directors and actors that helped me to learn a lot about acting, but also about these types of projects, so it’s fun.
KC: It’s really cool that you’re willing to take on those roles.
AB: I love it. And it’s so funny because sometimes I get like very strong and powerful women, and I look at myself, and I’m like, I am like 5’2 or 5’3 (laughs), and I’m like really? Me with a gun? Like in Predators I’m a sniper and I remember when we were filming, I was like “Who is gonna believe this? Guys, come on. Look at this rifle. This is not believable.” And everyone, after the film was released, all the fans and everyone were like “Oh my god!” They believed it! I was like “Oh thank god they believed it.” Because I’m just like 5’3, very short, very tiny girl. It was fun, it was great. I love these types of films. I think physically and emotionally it’s always good when you have to change yourself and mutate yourself through a character.
KC: And that’s so great that you’re willing to do that, and the definition of roles for women in Hollywood is growing and expanding in definition. So, how important is it for you to take on these roles that would normally be reserved for a man in the past?
AB: I think it’s great! I think we’re in a moment that there are so many good female characters, and so many chances, especially like for Latins, to do so many different types of roles. I mean of course there’s Latins in films, but now, it’s not necessarily critical for the character to be Latin, it doesn’t need to be said that this person has to be Latin, a Latin person might just take the role. And I think for women, it’s a wonderful moment. I just did a pilot for a series called Queen of the South that is for USA Network, which we’re gonna figured out if it’s going to get picked up, but it’s a female character and she’s Latin and it’s a very strong character that survives through escaping from the drug dealers that try to kill her and all that, and her own journey starts. You can see nowadays how many strong female characters are coming up as heroes through T.V. and through movies, and I think it’s wonderful. There’s so many ways that you can tell a story with a female lead and it’s wonderful. I think we’re in a nice moment. I hope it keeps going.
KC: Definitely, keep it rolling. What more can you tell me about the show, Queen of the South?
AB: Not much, actually. (Laughs) I told you basically all that I could. No, but, it’s based on a book by this Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte. He’s a really good writer, and it’s a very famous book, it’s been out for a long time. They tried to make a film I think five or six years ago, and it just approved for the series, and that’s it. It’s about this Mexican girl that lives in Mexico and suddenly her life just spins around she goes through a journey of going through the drug dealing, cocaine world.
KC: When can we expect to see this?
AB: I don’t know, I mean, if it gets picked up, I think October, but we’re still not sure. They haven’t started the tests, you know, with pilots it’s like let it float through the universe and pray.
KC: So, I’m very curious, since you worked with Neill Blomkamp before on Elysium, and he attached to direct the new Alien movie, is there any chance that you might make an appearance in this film?
AB: I haven’t talked to him in a long time, so I have no idea. I would love it if I could be attached to it, I would love to work with him again but I don’t know. I don’t know anything, actually. I was filming when I heard that he was attached to it and I was super happy because I think that Neill is such a young, bright talent. I think he’s so unique, and what he brought with District 9, he was so amazing, and having a chance to work with him on Elysium was such an honor because you see a guy that was like, I think 32 on set? But he was so secure and so passionate and so sure of what he wanted that it was inspiring. When I heard that he was doing Alien, I was so happy. One, for him, because I know how much he loves it, and two, for the project because I think he’s gonna bring a lot to it.
KC: Yeah, I think his style is gonna be great for that.
AB: Yes, I hope he hires me. Put it out there. (Laughs) I’m kidding.
KC: Are there any other upcoming projects that you’d like to discuss? I know you have By Way of Helena coming up.
AB: Yes, I did that last year with Liam Hemsworth, funny enough. I am all about the Hemsworth brothers. I love it. Liam is a sweetheart, we did that with Woody [Harrelson] as well. It’s a beautiful story, it’s a period piece so it was wonderful to get the chance to work with both of them, but especially, to do this project. But really, to see Liam in such a different role, I think people are going to be blown away by his performance. He’s a very beautiful, strong ranger and it’s a nice story. Very crazy. And Woody’s amazing.
Today, Dark Horse announce from Emerald City Comic Con a new creator-owned work from a concept by Joe Lansdale (Batman TAS) and written by Mark Miller for an October release date: Steam Man. It’s a crazy wild-west premise with some beautiful art by Piotr Kolwaski that blends multiple genres. The Old West (but not as we know it): Giant robots that run on steam power are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse.
Bloody-Disgusting got the chance to sit down with Joe and Mark to talk about this kitchen sink approach to writing horror, and what it’s like to bring more depth to the archetypes we all know and love.
Bloody-Disgusting: Joe, I’m sure there are a number of readers who either know you by now or know of the general path you’ve taken. Writer on Batman TAS to an accomplished novelist. Can you tell me a bit about how that road has taken you to The Steam Man? In what way is partnering with Dark Horse for “The Steam Man” a fulfillment of the new phase for you?
Joe Lansdale: This story is an older story. I’ve been doing comics for a long time. It’s been reprinted several times, and it was in a magazine called Steam Punk I never considered this story steam punk, I just wrote a story. I had no idea that’s what it was. But it was based on a lot of the dime novels that I’d read. In the early part of 20th century there was these dime novels. In those there were science fiction stories that were very steam oriented. People actually built a steam man, and that impressed people so much that writers began writing about the use of steam. There’s even a story where a villain is chasing Jesse James with steam driven horses. So all of that was there in my background, through all my research, and the things I’ve read. So one day I got the idea for this story and I thought, “Lets just see how outrageous we can make it.” Can we alternate universes, or collapsing universes? And let’s just take some known characters from fiction and see what we can throw together. Now we have the story adapted by Mark [Miller], for the world of comics.
BD: Your previous comics projects have been characterized by a love for the west. I get the feeling that “The Steam Man” is born out of some of the same interests, but what can you tell me about the series on the whole, and how does it deviate from what readers of your previous work might expect?
JL: Well if they thought some of the other stuff was weird that was just a warm up. This is a very strange story; in fact we had to restrain some of it to make it work the comic form. And it works beautifully. Not only is writing great, the art is great, and I think what they’re gonna look for and what they’re gonna see is something unique and something powerful. I think it works in the tradition I’ve already established a mixture of genres.
BD: Yeah I wanted ask you a little bit about your writing style, it’s often a kitchen sink approach, how do you tackle writing a project like this?
JL: Well I don’t think the voice is kitchen sink, but the ideas are. The earliest influences on me were comic books. Comic books always mixed things, they always had the kitchen sink approach. There would be mystery, science fiction, and morality lessons. It was everything mixed together. Batman used to use the fantasy idea of a time machine and go back to the old west to solve a crime. A lot of the characters at DC, and Marvel and a lot of the comics that came later use those devices and mixed those ideas naturally. So that impacted me greatly so as I moved into writing more fiction, and a cross hatch of literature, they went into a blender and when they came out they came out this natural mixture. I never sit down and think I’m going to mix western and science fiction; I just naturally gravitate toward that mixture. Even straight crime stories I write have a horrific feel.
BD: On the story side, this series is taking that manga idea of a giant monster-fighting robot to North America. How does a concept like that help push this story out from a sci-fi western on its own and into the world of crazy genre entertainment?
JL: This just naturally happens. I don’t plot; I don’t sit down and figure out what happens next. In fact I never know from day to day. My subconscious must. I go to bed at night. I get up in the morning and the story is there. I only work about 3 hours a day. I try to always end with a little juice left. So when I pick up where I left off I’ll sort my own problems out. Very rarely do I ever get stymied. It happens, but it doesn’t last long.
The idea comes from the steam man of the prairies. I took the concept and developed it in my way, but of the many influences manga didn’t play a part. All kinds of science fiction, like covers by Frank R Paul combined with the dime novel drawings of the steam man and the things that were written about using steam as our main power. Then of course other technology came along.
BD: The cover of the book is sharp and, I think, establishes an aesthetic for the series. What is the Wild West to you in general, and how does that idea bleed into the look and feel of “The Steam Man”?
JL: The Wild West to me is the idea of having that mythological place you can go that is always expanding west. That Turner idea of always expanding west, its not only mythological, I think it’s a human need. I think especially us Americans I think we’ve always had this longing to expand. I know when you get past the physical expansion you have the interior expansion of the imagination. A lot of writers are having their own expansion mentally. Then there’s the idea that we’ll go to other planets. We’re always trying to go somewhere new either internally or externally, and this is just an extension of that. But mostly it’s to me a hot-wired interesting, at least I hope, story.
Mark Miller: The Wild West, to me, is a great vast landscape of mythological projection. It’s the metaphor people use when they talk about anything that’s unhinged or untamed. Much like “Hitler” is the go-to example of as bad a person can get, the idea of The Wild West as a time of lawlessness and mayhem can be applied to subjects as diverse as the internet to retail. There isn’t really anything else in our consciousness quite like it. And the book very much partakes of that notion; there isn’t anything like it. It’s completely unhinged. The source material, Joe’s original short story The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down did that in spades. So my job was simply to lasso that spirit and adapt it for the illustrated page.
BD: This series is taking the obsession with steam and embodying it in a living weapon. How does steam power change the world of “The Steam Man” and what does it do for the your characters?
MM: Something happens early on in the story that I won’t give away. But it blows the doors off of reality as we know it. From there on out, everything in the world is different. It changes the fabric of our characters’ lives and that’s where we find them; after this event, their lives forever altered. So they harness this power and, with it, try to affect some change in the world and in their own lives.
BD: The Steam Man, obviously drives everything that happens in his series. What about its personality helps to give the comic its identity?
MM: Steam Man is the creation of his maker: Captain Beedle. It’s Beedle’s drive, industriousness, and tenacity that inform Steam Man’s personality. Beedle won’t back down. He’s on the trail of some very bad customers and that he refuses to lose sight of, sometimes against his better judgment. Steam Man goes headlong into battle, often to his own detriment, but he will never back down.
BD: The Steam Man is operated by a team of monster hunters, in what ways do you want to flesh out their archetypes to make them real people with stakes in this story?
MM: The story is rooted in classic literature. There are a lot of references people are going to recognize. There are some that will only be caught by a few. But Joe drew the characters from deep wells, so the flesh was already on them. These are men with unique voices, appearances, and backgrounds. Each has as story to tell. Maybe we’ll get to tell those stories eventually. But they’re all fascinating men who, were it not for the new world order, would not necessarily be drawn together the way that they were.
BD: A big part of establishing the unique feel comes from your collaborators. What does working with Piotr Kowalski do in terms of establishing the world of “The Steam Man?”
MM: Piotr is a dream collaborator. Here’s a guy with so much talent it’s insane. I worked with him before on the Nightbreed comic and fell in love with his style there. So when the chance to work together again came up, it was a no-brainer. I wrote the scripts and handed them in, and then started to get these notes from Piotr about logistics and dimensions and layout and just about everything a writer could ask for when being teamed with a visual artist such as Piotr. I’m not that detail-oritented of a guy, which can be a challenge in comics. And I can say with 100% confidence that the comic book is better for having Piotr attached. Any time he had an idea or made a suggestion, it was always an improvement on what I had done. Joe’s story was all there. I translated it for the comic page. And then Piotr went in and did his thing which blew all of us away. The book is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I wish every collaboration was this much fun!
With David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows starting its wide release today, many of you are going to want to bookmark this article to revisit once you’ve seen it. Until then, it should be avoided as it contains major spoilers.
The finale to It Follows is both controversial and unconventional. In fact, it’s so bizarre that it has audiences taking sides.
For those of you who need an explanation as to why the protagonists in the film are so fucking stupid, here’s your answer. They’re kids.
Mitchell speaks to Vulture about the final sequence in which the kids surround a pool with electrical devices in hopes of electrocuting? the creature. It’s a really stupid plan, but Mitchell’s reasoning behind it is completely sound.
“It’s the stupidest plan ever! [Laughs.] It’s a kid-movie plan, it’s something that Scooby-Doo and the gang might think of, and that was sort of the point. What would you do if you were confronted by a monster and found yourself trapped within a nightmare? Ultimately, you have to resort to some way of fighting it that’s accessible to you in the physical world, and that’s not really going to cut it. We kind of avoid any kind of traditional setup for that sequence, because in more traditional horror films, there might be a clue that would lead them to figure out a way to destroy this monster. I intentionally avoided placing those. Instead, they do their best to accomplish something, and we witness its failure. It’s probably a very non-conventional way of approaching the third-act confrontation, but we thought it was a fun way to deal with it.
In my review I speak to the fact that Mitchell’s It Follows furthers the genre. And this is exactly what I meant by that. The movie is completely refreshing in every aspect, including the bizarre, buzz-worthy finale that will end in serious theater-lobby discussions.
After you’ve seen the movie, what are your thoughts about the “Scooby-Doo gang’s” failed plan? Does this add a sense a realism to the movie or take you completely out of it?
“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman took to Twitter to confirm our previous scoop that the spinoff series to his acclaimed comic adaptation will in fact be titled “Fear The Walking Dead”!
AMC ordered two seasons of a spin-off series to be executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.
AMC president Charles Collier has stated that the series will explore “what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’”
“Fear The Walking Dead” will be set in Los Angeles and focused on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. Its second season will air in 2016.
The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
You can get your first sneak peak at the series during this Sunday’s “Talking Dead”, which airs after the Season 5 finale of “The Walking Dead”.
IT'S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015
Casting for the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel is revving up.
We exclusively broke the news back on Halloween that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living, will be helming Leatherface for Millienum and Lionsgate.
Now, we have received exclusive word that the great Stephen Dorff (Immortals, Blade, Judgment Night) is in talks to play ‘Texas Ranger Hal Hartman’ in the prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Dorff’s character is described to us as a lean, mean Texas Ranger who has a vendetta against the teen boy who grows up to become Leatherface.
We also learned that the TCM prequel is presented as a mystery of sorts about three teenage psychopaths, one of whom grows up to be Leatherface. Sam Strike was cast as ‘Jackson’, with James Bloor starring as ‘Ike’, a budding young maniac of his. There’s still a third to be cast, and only one will eventually become Leatherface.
Also, we at Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported that Angela Bettis was cast as Mother Sawyer in the film that begins shooting on May 18th.
Leatherface is being produced by Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman, alongside Carl Mazzocone after they successfully resurrected the franchise with the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D. Les Weldon is also a producer on the project, which is being executive produced by Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Mark Gill and Beth Bruckner O’Brien.
Mass Hysteria Art: ‘Night of the Living Dead’, ‘Dawn of the Dead’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Thriller’, and ‘The Descent’!
Gallery1988′s latest show takes on “Mass Hysteria”, and has resulted in a series of horror pieces from 100% Soft (Truck Torrence).
100% Soft, who is one of many to partake in the new themed gallery, included his favorite crowd scenes from pop culture – movies, tv, music, etc.
Check out his absolutely remarkable prints inspired by Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Carrie, Thriller, and The Descent.
All of these prints are still available on Gallery1988′s website.
All prints courtesy of 100% Soft.
When a film or television series goes to casting, they often use a fake name to cloak the production from eagle-eyed reporters like myself. With that said, the casting call for MTV’s Scream remake series isn’t cloaking anything, so maybe it’s actually going by the title “Hush”?
Thanks to Bloody reader Curtis Lord for a link to Project Casting, which states that MTV’s series is holding open casting in New Orleans under the pseudonym “Hush”.
“Hush” aka, Scream TV series, is looking for actors, models, and talent to play high school students, teachers and police. Filming will take place in Baton Rouge and will start in April through July.
Lord makes the observation that “Scream Queens” is set to premiere around the same time, and that maybe MTV is trying to avoid consumer confusion? We’ll update you when we know something firm.
The new MTV series centers around a a YouTube video going viral that soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch, it’s said that the slasher TV series is for the social media generation.
Since its inception, we’ve all been trying to understand what Terminator Genisys is, exactly. Is it a remake, a reboot, a retread, a prequel or a sequel?
According to the film’s producers, who spoke with /Film on set in New Orleans during filming, it’s none of the above.
“Terminator: Genisys was described as not a traditional remake or a continuation or a sequel, but more of a reimagining — kind of like JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. The film will allow moviegoers to experience the story we have already seen, but in a different way. The story features a divergent timeline that goes off an entirely different direction, and taking is down a road we’ve never been on before. This is not a direct sequel, there is no straight line from A to B.”
Typically, I scoff at such a notion, but with time travel and the way the Terminator films are presented, this makes a lot of sense to me. Had Arnold Schwarzenegger not reprised his role I would have found myself being way more skeptical.
In other news, here’s a brand new TV Spot that shows a ton of Arnie, in various incarnations.
In theaters July 1, 2015, “When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…”
Terminator Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: Dark World) and is produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions. The screenplay is by Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar) & Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). The film also stars J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.
Warner Bros. is delivering the action from their post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road right to your living room. Check out this new TV Spot that’s littered in explosions. They aren’t playing around with the Mad Max sequel, in theaters May 15, 2015.
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa, and includes Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher).
“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.
And… Furiosa (Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”
He’s killed zombies, declared his right as a human to be a screw up, and lifted the veil on a town’s secret society Bad Boys II style, but in his latest flick, Simon Pegg is just out for blood. He goes by Charlie Wolfe, which suits him, since he spends most of his time hunting, although his prey is usually walking around on two legs. As a hit man, Charlie’s line of work isn’t the cleanest to begin with, so when Jack, a bar owner with a bad temper, tells Charlie that he wants to use his services to get rid of his cheating wife, Charlie hesitates, but only for a moment. When he’s offered enough money, he agrees, and before he knows it, Charlie’s got in a web of thieves, murders, adulterers and scammers. Charlie might have walked into Eagle’s Nest as the baddest man in town, but he’ll leave with his tail between his legs before it’s over.
I caught up with Simon Pegg a few days ago, and we chatted briefly about his time as an assassin on the set of Kill Me Three Times. In the interview, we discuss what it’s like to play a villain, the legacy and cult following of Shaun of the Dead, and his collaborative process with screenwriter Doug Jung on the upcoming Star Trek 3.
Kalyn Corrigan: How did you go about joining this project? What was the process like?
Simon Pegg: Well, I got the script sent to me and I’d had a really sort of busy year in terms of travel. I’d been all over the world, and I’d spent a long time away from home, and it was the end of the year and I didn’t really want to go away again. Particularly, not to the other side of the world because it just felt like too much and I was planning on sort of just being with my family for the rest of the year. But, I read it, and it was a great script, and it felt like something I really wanted to do, a character that I wanted to play, so I said, “I’d like to do this, but can you shoot me out in two weeks?” Because that was sort of like not saying no, because I didn’t want to say no. And they said okay! So I started talking to Kriv on the phone and email just sort of getting Charlie’s sort of look and stuff, and I went out and did all of my stuff in one specific block, which I am eternally grateful for, because it meant that they had to shoot the beginning and the end of the movie in the same week, but it meant that I could do it. Sometimes when a script comes along, it’s hard to say no if it seems that fun.
KC: I know that you’re usually known for playing sweet and endearing nice guys in your films, so how much fun was it to play the villain?
SP: Oh it was great! I liked the fact that the movie asks you to sort of side with the most evil character, in a way. It’s like Charlie is the audience’s way into Eagle’s Nest and all of the other characters are sort of seen through his eyes. It was an interesting proposition to have the bad guy be the audience’s POV. I just really liked the idea of playing such an amoral bastard. He’s fun, even though he’s horrible.
KC: Yeah, by the end of the film I would definitely say that he’s probably the most morally sound character.
SP: Probably, yeah. (Laughs) At least he has principles. They’re warped and dreadful principles, but at least he sticks to them.
KC: Definitely. So, what was your relationship like with your costars?
SP: Oh we had a great time. It was one of those where we all hit the ground running. We all sort of arrived at the same time, and we were staying at a casino in Perth and all hanging out with each other. I really, immediately bonded with Sullivan Stapleton and Alice and Teresa. It’s fortunate when you get an ensemble group if you all gel because it just makes things a lot easier and a lot happier, you know? I think I’m a big believer in a happy set, meaning better work. And also having Bryan Brown, Bryan, who’s a bit of a legend. Not just an Aussie legend, but F/X, F/X2, Cocktail, to work with an elder statesman was great, and have him be nice, as well. You can kind of forgive older actors for being a bit jaded and sort of a bit unfriendly, but he was so lovely, which was nice. It was fortunate. That’s stage one, always, is “are we going to get on?” I think being away from home, we were all staying in Perth, all staying in the same hotel. Me and Sully and Luke used to go work out together, so you know, bonding. Bonding on the weights machines.
KC: So, in both Kill Me Three Times and Hot Fuzz, you seem pretty sure handed with a gun. So, did you undergo a lot of training, or is this something that you’ve been doing for a long time?
SP: I mean, we don’t really have any access to that kind of fire power at home in the U.K., but obviously when you do a film, even a comedy like Hot Fuzz, you’re trained with a weapon. So, I did a day’s training with a weapon for Kill Me Three Times. I had to look like I knew what I was doing so, with the big range rifle and even the smaller guns you got to look like you know how to use them. So, I had a fun day just firing those off, but if you gave me one now I wouldn’t know what to do with it. (Laughs)
KC: Or so you say.
SP: Yeah. (Laughs)
KC: Looking back at the legacy of Shaun of the Dead, what does it mean to you to have such a strong cult following over the last ten years, and especially the reception in America, which has been extremely positive?
SP: Yeah, it’s lovely. I mean you do each job and you never really know what will come off of each job. You can speculate and have faith in it, but you never really know if it’s gonna be a hit or a miss or what. I think Shaun of the Dead was a handy calling card for us, it was our first movie, so for it to be embraced like it was here has meant for huge opportunities which has been great, so I’ll always have a deep affection for that movie. And I think, what we were talking about, you know in the U.K. we grow up watching a lot of American culture, you know, a lot of American television. The U.K. television buys up American T.V. so, and obviously cinema, we watch a lot of. So, for us, we were speaking a language that I think the American audiences understood. It the zombie movie, which is an American tradition, we just sort of put it through the skewer of the British point of view, and I think that’s why it kind of hit, is because people got it. It didn’t feel foreign to the American audience. It felt familiar. So, to build up a cult following has been handy, to say the least.
KC: Are you and Edgar Wright working on a new trilogy perhaps?
SP: He’s emailing me today, saying “When can we talk? Can we meet?” And I’m like, “Yeah, but I’ve got a lot of stuff to do.” Uh, absolutely. I don’t know about a trilogy. I mean, Shaun of the Dead, we never knew that it would evolve into three movies, but when we made Hot Fuzz, we realized that we were able to to sort of like do variations on a theme, and then wrap it up quite neatly into a three movie series. The next film that we do won’t have to be banned by any of the rules that the Cornetto films were. They had to be set in the U.K., in a contemporary setting. The ones that follow, whether they are in a group or single, they won’t have to do that. It’s our oyster, kind of. I hope.
KC: With shows like The X-Files and Twin Peaks making a big return to television, do you think that there might be a chance that Spaced might jump on the bandwagon and come back to life?
SP: Yeah, that’s very exciting. Um, I don’t know. I think it would be very hard to get Edgar back to television now. Although, having said that, television is a far more cinematic thing than it used to be. Television series now are more like long form films, and the kind of actors that television attracts, you know, it seems to be where a lot of serious acting is happening. But to get Edgar back into a sitcom would be very difficult. Because, when you watch Spaced, you can see that he was always going to be a film director, and now he’s in the world that he was aiming at. And we couldn’t make Spaced without Edgar. I don’t know if it would be worth doing anyway, because it was about a very specific time in our lives, and we were speaking to a specific generation of people. I’m forty-five now, you know, Tim was like twenty-seven, so I don’t know if I could ever go back. It would have to be something for like, crusty millennials it would have to be as kind of relevant for old people.
KC: Well you don’t look a day over thirty.
SP: Bless your heart.
KC: So, you’re attached to write the upcoming Star Trek 3 film. Congratulations, that’s such an honor.
SP: Yeah, it is, thank you.
KC: So I was wondering, since you and Doug Jung are writing the script together, what’s the collaborative process with him like?
SP: Doug and I met for the first time a few weeks ago in London, and we kind of hit it off, fortunately, he’s a cool guy. We’re also working with a team of Bad Robot, with Lindsey Weber and Bryan Burk, who are friends we both know, and Justin Lin, obviously, who’s directing. It’s not an ideal way to work, to be, sort of like “okay, we need to make this film in four months, write it”. You have to kind of make it backwards. The production wants stuff. They’re like, “So what are we building? What are we designing?” We’re kind of having to come up with ideas and give them to production before we’re even sure that they’re the right ideas. But so far, it’s working out alright. Necessity is the mother of invention, and we’re in a very necessity type situation at the moment. I’m hoping to get to Bad Robot while I’m here and put in a few hours over there, and then Doug will come over to the U.K. next week and we’ll keep plugging away at it.
KC: Yeah, I was going to ask, do you spend a lot of time together? Or is it mainly on the phone, or on Skype?
SP: If I’m writing collaboratively, I want to be in the room with that person, because there’s just no substitute for it. I’ve had, before, when we started, this sort of creative meetings. I was on a conference call to Bad Robot, trying to get in to the conversation and not really being able to because I wasn’t in the room, you know. We will have to do a little bit of long distance stuff, because that’s just the way it is, but hopefully, as much as we can, we’ll be together in the room.
KC: Is it like, you write a couple of pages, and then he writes a couple of pages –
SP: We haven’t gotten that far yet. At the moment we’re fleshing out the outline. We’ve arrived at a story, and started to fill in the sort of detail, but until we get more specific, then we’ll be like, “you write that scene, I’ll write this scene”. It remains to be seen exactly how we’ll do it. It’s a learning process.
KC: So what is your process like Doug like vs. your writing process with Edgar Wright?
SP: Well with Edgar, we usually have a lot more time, for starters. It’s not like the sands of time are running out as they are with Star Trek. They want Star Trek out in 2016 because it’s the fiftieth anniversary, so, we are going into production in the summer no matter what. With Edgar, we’ll sit and talk, we’ll go away for the weekend together and just come up with ideas, and then we’ll sit and maybe just watch movies, just to get ourselves in the mood. And we live, or we did live close, now he lives here, but we usually get into an office together. We’ll put the script onto a big screen, and one of us will type and keep pace, and we swap and alternate, always in the same room, though.
KC: Always in the same room?
SP: Yeah, yeah. Because otherwise, if you’re doing stuff on your own, it’ll invariably change, because the collaborative process is compromise and meeting of minds. You might write a scene on your own and then give it to the other one and then they’ll change it, and then they send it back to you, and then you have to change it again, but if you’re in the same room together, that cuts out a lot of leg work.
KC: Has your process changed over the course of time?
SP: It’s evolved, I think. When I look back at Shaun of the Dead, it’s not changed that much, we’re just better at it, I think. We’re just technically better at the whole process.
KC: Yeah, you have it down to a T now.
SP: (Laughs) Yeah, we’ve written a few, so we kind of know how to do it, kind of thing. We’re not feeling our way as much as we did in the first place.
KC: Is there anything you can tell me about Star Trek 3?
SP: God no.
KC: Doesn’t hurt to try.
SP: (Laughs) There’s not much I know about it, to be honest. No, absolutely. And you know, J.J., as a producer of this film and a director of the others, has always instilled in us the importance of protecting the audience from themselves. You know, people kind of, even people who don’t want spoilers will kind of crave knowledge about things because they just want to know something going in. I think the best way to watch any film is to go in blind. In a way, trailers are detrimental to the experience of watching film. Something J.J. gets criticized for is that all he’s doing is trying to protect the experience of the audience, so they go in and they’re genuinely surprised by it. So you’ll hear nothing from me.
KC: So, what about your other upcoming projects? I read that you’re going to be in a film called Man Up.
SP: Yes, Man Up. It’s gonna be at Tribeca Film Festival, it’s out in the U.K. on May 29th. I did that with Lake Bell who is an American actress who does a very convincing British accent in the movie, she plays a Brit in the movie. She’s an amazing actress. That’s coming out.
KC: What’s that about?
SP: It’s an unashamedly traditional romantic comedy. It’s written by a writer called Tess Morris who wrote the script on Spec for Big Talk Productions who made Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, because she likes the production company. It was just a really, really fun romantic comedy that didn’t kind of apologize for what it was. In fact, it embraced what it was and as such is more honest, I think, and more enjoyable than any recent attempts at the genre where they’ve tried to undercut it or be subversive. The fact is, we know the journey of the romantic comedy, it’s the root we go to watch it for, it’s to see how they get to the end. And it was just a really appealing idea and it’s about a woman who accidentally, or purposely deceives a guy into thinking that she’s his blind date, because she is mistaken for his blind date she just thinks, “Oh, fuck it. I’m just gonna go along with it.” So they end up having this crazy night together and then the truth is out, and then, you know, love blossoms.
KC: That’s great. So, what can you tell me about Mission: Impossible 5?
SP: That we finished it.
KC: You did? Wow! (Laughs)
SP: We did, like two weeks ago, we wrapped, and the trailer just broke online, which is really exciting.
KC: It looks fantastic.
SP: Yeah, I think it’s gonna be great, I’m really excited about it. It was a real fun shoot. You know, I’ve played Benji three times now, and it’s really nice to keep coming back to him and seeing how he changes, because he’s gone on his own little journey through the last three movies, from being a schlub in the lab, to being a full on agent, and he’s still the same guy essentially. He’s still the guy who knows how to work the technical stuff, but you know, his experiences have informed his as well, so he’s not the sort of newbie that he was in Ghost Protocol. He’s been out there a little bit. He’s more of a bit more hardened, which is kind of cool to say.
KC: Yeah, a bit more of an action star.
SP: Yeah, he’s not as much of an ingenue, it doesn’t mean that he’s changed in any way.