Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Interview with Upcoming Director Jason Christopher


When you're young, it can sometimes be difficult to be taken seriously. Adults within certain industries may look down upon you and assume that you have nothing to offer. In my opinion, the younger you are, the fresher your ideas are. One area that seems to embrace youth is Hollywood and young filmmakers are on the verge of taking over. Upcoming director, Jason Christopher, didn't let his age or inexperience hold him back from making his very first feature. The new director took the time to talk to me about his upcoming horror flick, Down the Road, and what it's been like to complete his debut horror project.

The 24 year-old New Jersey native fell in love with film the moment he viewed the Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park, but didn't begin his artistic journey until the age of 17 when he began making short films with friends. Christopher quickly learned that his love for the art could get him in trouble if seen by the wrong eyes when he had his first bout of controversy while in high school.


The filmmaker explains," [in 11th grade] My film study teacher asked me to make a short for a film festival in North Jersey. I was all for it, shot it, turned it in a week later. By the end of the day, I got a call down to the guidance counselor--I walk into a room filled with 3 police officers, all of the assistant principals, a bunch of other people. I was like, 'Oh shit, what did I do?!' Turns out my film study teacher turned me in, saying the video was very controversial."

Christopher was scolded for his use of blood and the adult nature that filled the short film and even insisted that he be expelled. The worst of the situation was that the aspiring director never got to send his film into the festival for which it was made for.

Although he faced his first bit of negative criticism, the young man continued forward with his filmmaking aspirations, studying up on as many films as possible to teach himself the craft. It wasn't until a family tragedy occurred in 2006 that he was prompted to actually write his first feature, the horror, Down the Road.


Christopher explains that "freak accident" that took his father's life filled him with so much anger and frustration, which he took out on his keyboard as he penned his first screenplay. The combination of his anger and sadness along with his love for the genre, made writing the film a breeze.


He explains why he chose horror, "I love everything about horror movies. I'm the only one in my family who really likes them too. I remember going to Blockbuster when I was a kid and [I] would be so intrigued by the VHS box designs. My parents were real lenient too; they would let me watch Halloween, Friday The 13th, all sorts of horror flicks....There's just a certain feeling when watching horror movies. It excites me more than watching any other genre."


The newbie describes Down the Road as a revenge horror, inspired by horror classics such as Friday the 13th, The Prowler, Halloween, and Sleepaway Camp. He said,"I wanted to do a horror movie with a real person. Michael isn't real, Jason isn't, Freddy isn't. I wanted to do a real person, [a] real story."

 He continued, "After doing the festival circuit, a lot of people loved that idea but there were definitely a couple that were like, 'This is why some villains don't talk, cause it comes off silly.' I'm just like, 'He's a REAL person! Of course he talks!'"

The "talking villain" that Christopher happily refers to is named Hunter Isth, who hunts down a group of teens in the woods. However, the director insists that audiences should not expect to find the stereotypical characters often seen throughout slasher horror films--his characters have serious depth. He insisted, "There are characters you actually care about. We got the one comedic goofball in the flick, the main character just got out of an extensive stay at the hospital, [and] the other girl has a daughter. They're all played just right though. The annoying comedic character is loved so much from the audience."

Not only did the young director get to film his first feature, he also got the chance to work with veteran actor, Clint Howard. With a little extra money leftover, Christopher and his producer, Deven Lobascio, decided to get a known actor for a small role in the film. Their minds immediately went to Howard and with a call to his agent, the actor was on board for the project.


Christopher praises working with the actor,  "It was really awesome, he was helping out. He was telling me his experiences with working with his brother, Ron [and] telling me stories about Rob Zombie and those experiences. It was really cool of him to go through those stories with me. He was really open to suggestions. He wasn't one of those named actors that would be like, 'I'm not gonna let some 22 year old kid boss me around.' He wanted to do a couple takes his own way, and I really liked those better then what I wrote so I went with them. It was great."

The film, which took about 12 days to make, quickly made the horror festival rounds, scoring some awards along the way. Down the Road screened at ShockFest in LA where it took home Best Feature. The film followed up that success by playing at Horror Quest in Atlanta where Christopher took home Best Director and the film's villain, played by Brian Gallagher, took home the award for Best Actor.


He stated,"It's a great feeling that people see this movie and get it. That's all I was asking for, was for people to understand what I was trying to do."

Next, the horror film will screen at The World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City and the young director is hoping that the film will be available on DVD by this Summer. For more information on Christopher and his feature debut, follow the film on Twitter @Downtheroadfilm or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/downtheroadfil.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Best Lines in Horror


You know those nerdy people who can recite every line along with the characters of all of their favorite movies? Annoying right? I'm not ashamed to say that I am one of those dorky bastards who cannot get enough of movie quotes. In fact, I live and thrive off of them. Sue me. Yes, I can recite the entire script of Jeepers Creepers but I cannot remember the list of vocabulary words that I painfully studied for 6 tiring months for my GRE. It's pathetic, I know and don't care.

Nothing makes me happier than being able to insert my favorite movie quotes into my daily life, which only baffles the people I speak to. Despite all of my nerdiness and horror movie madness, I am positive that there are several of you out there who are just like little old me. That's why I was prompted to compile a list of my favorite horror movie lines, hoping to hear all of your favorites as well!

1.) "They're Coming to Get You Barbara!"--Night of the Living Dead

 Whenever I meet a Barbara, which is rare, I can't help but want to deliver this line to her. This line is classic in both zombie and horror movie history because it's simple yet creepy. Not to mention, we all know that there actually is someone coming to get Barbara and if her big brother paused from being a jerk--as brothers typically are--he would have seen the shambling corpse headed their way.

2.) "When There is No More Room in Hell, the Dead Will Walk the Earth"--Dawn of the Dead
 This line always brings a smile to my face. The way that Ken Foree delivers it is what makes it so effective and possibly my favorite movie lines ever. When Peter casually recites this classic line while calmly overlooking the zombies approaching them, you know that shit is going to get a lot more insane. If only I could make this my ringtone. Hey, wait a minute...aren't you Mr. Rockmore?

3.)"They're all gonna laugh at you!"--Carrie

After watching Carrie, I am much more thankful for the mother that I have. Mrs. White was a psycho and Piper Laurie played her perfectly well. My favorite line in the movie is when she insists to her excited daughter that everyone is going to laugh at her, once again bringing her down and trying to keep her self-conscious. Whenever I get nervous about a particular situation, I can't help but play this scene over and over in my head. Hmmm...that's probably not normal.

4.) "Hey, up yours with a twirling lawnmower!"-A Nightmare on Elm Street

 Oh eighties cheese; you were the best thing about horror films produced during that time. I can't help but giggle whenever I hear the tough bad-boy, Rod Lane, shout out the best diss he could think of and quite possibly the best diss in horror movie history. And he wasn't able to survive Freddy? That's totally shocking. Not.

5.)"I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum"-They Live

 Roddy Piper is the epitome of badass and he only further proves himself in They Live. Everyone's favorite scene from the film, other than the over-the-top fight scene in an alley, has to be the scene where Piper walks into a bank and shoots up all of the pompous disguised aliens it's filled with. This line is one of the best because it's simply awesome and I don't think anyone could have delivered it better than Rowdy himself.

6.) "I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil"--Halloween

 For me, I think that Donald Pleasance made Halloween. He was perfect as the good guy who was trying to triumph over evil and save the small town of Haddonfield from the psychotic Michael Myers. Every word that came out of his mouth was so attractive because he delivered them so genuinely and perfectly well. I'm pretty sure that Sam Loomis could have told me ANYTHING and I would have believed and admired his every word. Too bad his character became a little over-the-top in the future films of the series. 


7.)"You see, Jason was my son and today is his birthday"--Friday the 13th

Whenever Friday the 13th rolls around on the calendar, I repeatedly say this line. I know, I'm a little mentally retarded but I can't help it. How can one not love this line? Mrs. Voorhees was just a mother who was trying to avenge her child and who can blame her?! The bone chilling way that Betsy Palmer smoothly delivers the line, as if she is totally reasonable, is what makes it even more special. At that point, audiences truly realize just how mentally messed up this Mama really is. But if you ask me, those horny teenage bastards deserved it! Abstinence is the best policy, kids!


8.)"Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in"--The Shining 

 Jack Nicholson is the man and I've said it before. Most people would say that the best lines of The Shining were, "Here's Johnny," or "Redrum," but those lines are too obvious and too overplayed. This scene was, for me, the scariest of the film because it's the point where Wendy actually realizes that her husband is losing his damn mind and he isn't afraid to hurt her. The way that Nicholson uses those precious brows and that fabulous smile to help deliver his lines just gives me goosebumps. He made Jack Torrance super hard to hate, despite the fact that he was a total nut job. I still love you, Jack.

9.)"Are you not the babysitter?"--The House of the Devil

This scene is pretty much my favorite scene in The House of the Devil simply due to it's brutality. When A.J. Bowen's character comes out of nowhere, audiences are aware that he's obviously up to no good, however, we don't expect what happens when it actually does--at least, I didn't. When he pulled out that gun and suddenly shoots the poor girl's brains out, it literally left me with my jaw dropped. It was one of the few "oh, shit" moments I've seen in a while in a horror and I was really impressed. The scene immediately sets the tone for the rest of the film because right then we know that the film is only going to get a lot darker. 


10.) " I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it"--The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the few horror films that actually makes me physically sick whenever I watch it. There's something about the way that it's shot along with the performances throughout the film that make it seem so REAL. The scene that gets me the most is when Sally is tied up to a chair and forced to have dinner with the cannibalistic family who captured her. The way that the family members taunt her and laugh at her is so heartbreaking and terrifying because you know that the girl stands no chance. When the head of the household delivers those gut-wrenching lines, you know that he means business and that he has no remorse for taking a human life. Human tastes like chicken, right?

11.)"We all go a little mad sometimes"--Psycho

 Norman Bates is the epitome of a mama's boy and he proves that he is worthy of his mother's love by all of the murdering he does in her name. The classic line from the film is so simple but so completely terrifying as well. Poor Norman is just trying to make his mother happy and justify he wrongful actions. Except that his mother is friggin dead and he totally doesn't acknowledge that. Remind me never to marry a man that is super close to his mom.

12.)"This is God"--A Nightmare on Elm Street

Do you remember when Fred Krueger was a badass monster who made you afraid to go to sleep? Freddy was best in the first installment of the series because he was actually ruthless and terrifying. Not only was he brutal in the way that he killed people, he also delivered some creepy lines to help his victims realize that he wasn't messing around. This line scares me the most because Krueger is basically saying, "Fuck you, there is no hope. You are going to die now." Cue the peeing of my pants now.

13.)"It's all true. The Boogeyman is real and you found him"--House of 1000 Corpses

Bill Mosley is amazing as Otis because you actually believe that he is a cannibalistic murderer who has no empathy for the human race. This scene was terrifying in more than one way: The group of victims was tied up and gagged, Otis was wearing the young girl's father's face as a mask, and oh yeah, he says this insanely psychotic and totally creepy line to ease her fear. If someone told me that he was the boogeyman while wearing my father's face as a mask, I would pray to God that I would die from fear before the dude has the chance to do whatever it is he is going to do with me. Uh, check please?
14.)"Oh yes, there will be blood"--Saw III

This line is also something that I recite at the most random times, mostly when I accidentally cut myself and start to bleed. I mean, the line fits perfectly with the situation--I can't resist a good horror reference. Tobin Bell proved himself to be an awesome villain in the first two installments of the series but there's something about his voice that makes this line so incredibly awesome and just scary. Once Jigsaw says this, when there most likely already was some blood spatter, you can imagine how much worse it's going to get. We got a bleeder!

15.) "They're here"--Poltergeist

Let me start off by saying this: I never, EVER want to hear someone say this to me, no matter what the situation is. I don't do great with surprises or unplanned visits. Who the hell are they? Were 'they' invited? No. Tell them they are not allowed to come. All of those questions and statements would have been my remarks to the adorable and creepy Carol Anne. This line is terrifying because it's so out of the blue and ambiguous--we don't know who they are but we're pretty sure that we don't want to meet them.

It's so hard to narrow down a list of my favorite horror lines because there are so many amazing classics to choose from. But, if I continued to name every single one of my favorites, I would be writing for days and my hands are tired. What are some of your favorite horror movie lines?



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New Season of Destination Truth Searches For Vamps


I have always been a sucker for the paranormal reality shows that SyFy constantly churns out and one of my favorites is Destination Truth, which will return this summer with all new episodes. The network released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming fifth season, promising fans trips to Transylvania and Kazakhstan (wtf).

SyFy released the following press release:
"Following an incredible season of expeditions, including a voyage to Antarctica and a live episode in Ireland, world traveler Josh Gates will once again journey to the farthest corners of the earth to bring viewers all-new adventures on Syfy’s "Destination Truth". In Season Five Josh and his team will lead viewers into a remote Transylvanian village on a hunt for vampires, explore the reportedly haunted Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, and descend into one of the world’s biggest caves in the jungles of Vietnam to search for phantoms. They'll also journey to Kazakhstan (a "Destination Truth" first). At the overwhelming request of fans, the team will also return to Romania for a return visit to a haunted forest, the site of their most terrifying investigation to date."

Like many of the other reality shows, Destination Truth has slightly lost the spark and realism that it once had when it initially premiered in 2007. Despite it's onslaught of corniness and mockery, the series, hosted by the charming and hilarious Josh Gates, is still entertaining to watch. The show not only takes audiences on a fun ride to a mysterious place they've never been, it also educates viewers about the different legends and stories that circulate in different parts of the world.

The show is best when it doesn't veer into Ghost Hunters territory and investigates mythical creatures based on eye witness testimonies. One of the more fun parts of the series is getting to see Gates interact with the rest of his team, who always seem to change with each season.

Check out the trailer for the new season below:

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Chloe Moretz Prepares to Go Postal At Prom


It looks like Chloe Moretz used her Hit-Girl skills to pummel her competition for the lead role in the Kimberly Pierce adaptation of Carrie. The talented young actress was just offered the role of Carrie White, beating out contender Haley Bennett.

Deadline reports that MGM, Screen Gems and the director have officially offered the starring role in the upcoming horror remake to Moretz. While rumors that Dakota Fanning would be offered the role circulated Hollywood, Pierce was apparently eying Moretz all along.

Due to the 15 year-old's busy schedule, she wasn't able to meet with the director until last weekend. The production company previously met with several actresses, including Haley Bennett and Lily Collins, but once they met Moretz she was offered the job immediately.

According to the report, once negotiations are finalized, Pierce and company will focus on finding the actress to play Carrie's mother along with the supporting cast of high school students. Production is estimated to begin later this year.

I honestly cannot see Moretz as Carrie White but she's an amazing actress who will most likely change my mind the moment I see her performance. I was really leaning toward Haley Bennett for the role because I think that she looks more like the typical shy girl as opposed to Moretz and her tough exterior. However, Moretz's performance as Abby in Let Me In showed audiences that she could be both tough and reserved and I'm sure that she will not disappoint in such a classic role.

Normally, I hate remakes and am completely against them but with Pierce directing and Moretz as the star, it already looks promising. At least we know that it will look pretty!

Do you think Chloe Moretz will make a perfect Carrie?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Netflix the Savior of Horror Programming?


Don't you just hate when you get into a new show only to have it canceled a few short weeks later? That's the thing that sucks about television; the networks never give great shows a chance to grow and they save awful shows like Two and a Half Men for old people without personalities to enjoy. Well, Netflix may be the savior to modern television with it's upcoming original programming and it's plans to buy recently canceled programming.

Deadline reports that the movie streaming company is not only interested in picking up the newly canceled Fox series, Terra Nova, they are also very interested in buying the rights to the ABC Oren Pelli-produced paranormal series, The River, which is said to be very close to being axed from the network.

Aside from purchasing series that failed on major networks, Netflix has recently teamed up with horror director, Eli Roth, for a 13-episode Gothic horror series, Hemlock Grove to premiere in the summer of 2013. The horror series, based on the novel by Brian McGreevy, follows a small Pennsylvania steel town ravaged with murder, mystery and monsters. The new series just cast Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard to star.

So, while everything is being canceled on television, horror fans may have something to rejoice about with Netflix resurrecting shows that once had no hope to see another season. I'm personally excited about the Eli Roth series because it's been a while since fans have been able to see him actually directing something and the series sounds interesting. The River was a pretty decent show but I never could remember when it was on and I figured it wouldn't last anyway.

I can't wait to see what else Netflix is going to bring to the table. Are you excited about the news?

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The New "Carrie" is About to be Cast


A new actress is very close to being chosen to step into the role that made Sissy Spacek famous. Chloe Moretz and Haley Bennett are being considered to show their dirty pillows and have a nervous breakdown during their first menarche in the upcoming remake of the 1976 horror classic, Carrie.

According to Vulture, the Kimberly Pierce-adapted film has narrowed down their search for the shy plain-Jane with telekinetic powers. The 15 year-old Moretz and the 24 year-old Bennett are the final candidates at the top of a long list of young actresses vying for the role, including: Dakota Fanning, Emily Browning, Bella Heathcote, and Lily Collins who all read for the lead respectively.

Actress Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) was offered the title role but quickly turned it down. Um, really sweetheart? Did you forget that you star in the God-awful ABC Family drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager? You star in one movie with George Clooney and now you're already turning down roles? Get over yourself.

Aside from casting Carrie, producers are also on a search for the overbearing and over-religious mother who was originally played by Piper Laurie. Pierce has already approached Jodie Foster for the role and is also extremely interested in Julianne Moore.

The upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's first novel is said to follow the source material more closely than the Brian DePalma version that fans know and love. The new script has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa.

Although I LOVE Moretz and everything that she does--the girl is friggin 15 and badass--I don't think she fits in the role of Carrie. Her appearance and her past roles have always been tough and strong and Carrie was more weak and scared, until the end of the film of course. Bennett has that beautiful/awkward quality mixed with a slight timidness that would make her PERFECT for the role of Carrie White and I really hope that she gets the lead. If anything, Moretz should play the role of high school bully, Chris.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Director Adam Green Talks Holliston


There's nothing more likeable than a guy who gives back to his fans. Since making a name for himself with his 2007 horror hit, Hatchet, director Adam Green has been constantly connecting with and giving back to the dedicated horror community. The director was nice enough to speak with me about his upcoming FearNet sitcom, Holliston, and give me some details about the upcoming Hatchet 3 as well as his involvement in Killer Pizza. And yes, I did giggle like a giddy little school girl while speaking to him and you probably would too.


Me: What made you take the leap into television? 

Adam Green: Well, I kind of consider TV and film sort of the same thing. They’re both extremely exciting outlets to tell stories and they’re both vastly different in a lot of ways. When I made my first feature it was called Coffee and Donuts and it was essentially what the first episode of Holliston is—it’s basically the movie condensed into one episode.  That movie was what really got me attraction in Hollywood…we spun it into a TV series because there were so many places we could go with it and it was one of those ideas that was right for TV. I had no idea it was going to take 13 years to actually get it into fruition but like people say, I think everything happens for a reason and I don’t think the show would be what it is today if it didn’t happen then.

Me: How would you compare working in TV versus Film? Do you prefer one over the other?

AG: I don’t necessarily prefer one over the other but the one thing about TV is things move a lot faster. Once the show is actually going, it just goes. Features, they take years to actually get going and they push and they wait and then when you’re done sometimes it’s like a year or a year and a half before they actually come out. Also with features, especially if you're doing independent  features, the climate has just changed so much where you used to be able to get your money back on DVD sales...and now with bit torrenting and all the ways that people get their hands on movies without paying for them, DVD sales are down 40% across the board, which has really crippled the industry. So, that’s a huge challenge but with TV it’s not about an opening weekend or a about first week in sales, especially when you're on a new network, and it’s a cable network. There’s time to build and time for word of mouth and time for people to find the show. So, that’s definitely a huge plus.
 
On the work side, normally with a TV series like this, like a sitcom, if you’re the creator and the headwriter and the showrunner, you create the show and you usually write the pilot and maybe one other episode but you have a staff of like, twenty comedy writers that are helping you do everything but in this case, I wrote every episode myself, I directed every episode, I starred in every episode so I’ve literally killed myself over the past year. I only have two more weeks to go before the shows out and if I make it across the finish line alive, I’ll be really excited to do a second season if we get one.


Me: With your busy schedule, did you ever hesitate to cast yourself in the series?

AG: No, not with this because even when we made the feature I played myself. The character’s completely based on me so it’s not a huge stretch to just be myself.The President of the network approached me in saying I want to do something with you in it. He’s seen all of the different short films and all the different acting work I had done and since it’s a horror network, he just felt like that was a very cool idea. And when I approached him with the the set up for Holliston and how that would fit on a network like FearNet, even though it’s a traditional sitcom that could be on a major network, he was just elated with the idea so there was never any hesitation there or anything. 
Normally with the movies I don’t even consider myself for any actual roles or anything like that because I just stay behind the camera for the most part but it has been interesting how this has sort of started to open doors and lead to acting opportunities that I’m not necessarily sure I want to take. It’s one thing to play myself in Holliston, but I don’t want to lose focus on the work that I’m doing by taking all of these roles and getting tied up in acting in other people’s things.

Me: Do you see yourself working on several seasons of the series?

AG: Hopefully the show just  kinda keeps going. I mean, this has been by far my favorite and most personal thing that I’ve ever worked on so I would love for this to go for fifty years if we could. I don’t really know how that would work, if people would still watch us if we were like 70-80 years old, but maybe we could be like the Golden Girls. But yeah, I do want to continue doing this and doing features. Already, I’m in production on Hatchet 3, which is sort of overlapping with this and I’m working on Killer Pizza for MGM and Chris Colombus, so all that stuff has been happening at the same time which is why I can’t ever sleep or get a day off, but it’s a good problem to have. The one thing with future seasons is I probably wont direct anymore.


Me: Do you have any ideas for future seasons?

AG: Oh yeah we have like fifty episodes that we had come up with for this season and then we had to narrow it down to six. The hard thing with TV is you always have to know where you’re going way ahead of the game; it’s not like you can sort of just make it as you go and be like ‘oh, okay we got another season, now what do we do?’ There has to be a plan and that’s also what’s sort of heartbreaking about it because with a major network, sometimes you get cancelled after your first night out because you didn’t pull enough viewers. With this, we don’t have to answer to something like that because it’s a brand new network and it’s a network that there’s still a good portion of the country just getting and so they’re not interested in that; they’re not sitting here saying if you don’t pull 8million viewers  on night one you’re out. On  a major network you don’t get that chance.
There’s so many places we’re going to go, especially with the relationships between the characters. We’re ready to go forever if need be, especially since the main core four characters are all based on the people playing them. Just on our personal stories and struggles from that time in our life alone, everybody’s got  like 100 really funny and really interesting stories. So we have a ton of places to go with this.

Me: What segments of the show are you most excited about the fans seeing?

AG: It’s hard to pick just one because each episode sort of has those one or two moments that I’m insanely proud of but really, I think the season finale was something  that when we saw it finish, it really struck us  with a lot more heart than I think we even realized was there. I don’t want to spoil it for anybody but essentially, Adam and Joe finally make their trailer for Shinpads,their undead soccer movie, and they get the trailer in front of John Landis to see what he thinks and in real life, you don’t always get the answer that you were hoping you’d get. So as much as it was written for comedy sake, what happens was funny but when you actually see it happening, it hurts and it’s really devastating.
What I love about it is what people are taking away from it--they walk away from the show really optimistic and that’s really my goal with it. One side, we’re showing the struggles and the bad times but the overlying message of all of this is that if you can keep at it and hang in there, it will get better. I think the last couple of minutes of the season finale will really ring true and I think it’s been really great to hear the reaction from people or to even see people feel something from watching a sitcom. Those are the aspects of the show that I’m most excited about—those moments of heart that sneak up on you when you’re really not expecting it in a show that has an alien in the closet and a mechanical retarded cat, and exploding heads.

Me: The show seems to be more of a comedy than horror. Why do you think that it appeals to horror fans?

AG: This is one of my favorite questions because the answer’s so obvious but, I mean if you back up, the show’s about two guys who are trying to become horror directors . Right there it’s a horror show. All of the references, the nods that we make to horror movies; we have things like exploding heads and scenes like Poltergeist where I tear my own face off or that we allude to the fact that my character is a cutter who whenever he’s upset about something, he’ll slice his own chest open. There’s so many horror cameos throughout it. There’s our whole objective this season, trying to make a trailer for an undead soccer team movie , the season finale takes place at a horror convention, there’s a whole episode about building makeup effects for our trailer. I don’t think it could be any more horror, to be honest, but it’s a sitcom and that's what makes it special--it hasn’t been done before. Normally, horror shows are always the same exact thing: a horror anthology, or it’s like an X-Files type thing. Nobody has ever taken the medium that we’re so familiar with, that we all grew up with, of a sitcom, with a laugh track and the whole thing, and made it about people who do horror. That’s why it’s also a horror show.

Me: Do you think the "horror sitcom" will become popular after Holliston premieres?

AG: I have no idea. You never know but it takes somebody to do something first and the way that Hollywood works is that if it works, then yeah, you’re going to see like fifty of these because everyone is going to try to knock it off and do their own thing. But it’s going to be pretty hard to rip this off without people knowing because it is that unique, but I don’t know if I’ll see more horror sitcoms or not. There’s definitely been horror comedies. So when we came out with this idea, a lot of the critics response was 'really? Why are you doing a sitcom? These are dead.' And that’s what they said before the Cosby show happened  and that’s what they said before Friends happened. Everything in Hollywood is always dead at one point and then somebody comes back and does it in a new way and ‘oh yeah, it never went away. It was always here.’
Sort of like when I made Hatchet. When I made that movie, it came out  at a time when the genre had become nothing but remakes and torture porn , or pg-13 movies that were pretending to be horror but had no horror in it. So when Hatchet came out, the reaction in the industry at first was ‘this is never going to work. Nobody cares about slasher movies anymore.' And now we’re on the verge of part three

Me: What was it like premiering the series in your hometown (Holliston, MA)

AG: I don’t even know how to describe it. I’ve gotten to do some amazing things from  two movies that both premiered at Sundance--which is like the biggest and best festival in the world--to sold out screenings in London, and red carpet screenings at Mann Chinese theater in Hollywood. You know, these huge things, traveling internationally to Germany and to Spain and the difference is when I am there, I’m Adam Green the filmmaker, but then you go home and you’re just the kid from 718 drive; I’m nothing special. I’m just somebody else from Holliston and I was really excited that we were able to do that screening because I’ve never done that before in my hometown, but it felt like the time was right because the show is set there and called Holliston.

So we planned this, but there was very little notice. I think there was only about a week’s notice for the most part and the main way for which people keep in touch with what I'm doing is through my website, which got hacked and went down two weeks ago, still isn’t back up yet, so I was convinced that there was going to be nobody there and so as the day was progressing and I’m showing the cast around town, I was getting really nervous. I never get nervous for these things , probably because I’m playing a character usually, and I'm Adam Green-filmmaker—and they’re asking me ‘why are you so nervous’ and I’m like ‘I guess because this [Holliston], more than anything, I really want their approval. I really want to make them proud. I want everyone to like it.’ Normally I don’t care...it was really becoming important to me as the day went on and so as we were getting ready for the screening, which we had to set up ourselves because we had no crew or anything, which made it even more special. I couldn’t believe how many people showed up so I think what made it so special was that the whole day I felt like I didn’t belong there anymore and  I felt like I’m now Adam Green from Hollywood—I don’t have a house there anymore, my family doesn’t live there anymore,  I was staying at a hotel in Milford, and I’m like ‘Why did I do this? Why did I come back here? I don’t even know anybody here. All my friends are gone. Why did I do this?’ And then you walk out in front of all those people that are so excited and so happy and so proud and you realize that you are home and it will always be home. That’s still what’s most important. Not the fucking red carpets and the money and the limos.
It came at exactly at the right time in my life, when I needed something like that to happen, and it completely renewed my faith in who I am and what I'm doing. So in a lot of ways, that little town hall screening was the biggest screening and the best screening that I’ll probably ever have.

Me: Has the "Real Corri" seen the show or had any reaction to it?

AG: The real Corri’s name isn’t Corri, but she saw the movie when I made the movie version back in 2000 and was very proud of it. I don’t know –I don’t think she came to the screening in Holliston and like hid with a hat on and ran out afterward and didn’t say anything—I don’t think she’s seen it yet but I'm confident that when she does, she’ll really like it and she’ll be proud of it. It was very, very important to me  that that character be portrayed extremely favorably and have her be extremely likeable. And testing the show and having the screenings, everybody loves Corri and that was really important to me. In real life, back when Hatchet came out, I did actually reconnect with her and have closure to the whole thing and I’m married now and I don’t know if she’s married yet or not, she might be, but we both have these amazing great lives and it all worked out for the best, and I think she’ll be very happy for me when she sees the show and I also think she’ll be happy for the way that she’s portrayed and how sweet of a story the whole thing is.

Me: The show is named after your hometown and you reference the New England area a lot in your work. Why do you think it's important to include those pieces of your past for your fans to see?

AG: When I first did that it was literally because like, ‘OK, I need the name of a town’ or I need the name of a person, so I just put in someone’s name that I grew up with or I put in the name Holliston.  But after a few years of doing it I started to realize that that’s sort of what keeps everything grounded  and keeps it real for me. It’s important to remember where you came from  and I’ve seen a lot of people in the business—people who haven’t even had the success I’ve had—forget about that really fast. It’s easy to... I think by incorporating my childhood into everything I do…when I watch it back or show it to other people, I’m still able to see who I am and I really, really haven’t changed.[At the screening] I was literally wearing the same clothes that I wore back in high school twenty years ago. So on one hand it's great because I haven’t changed and on the other hand it’s great because I can still fit into the same exact clothes that I wore twenty years ago [laughs].

Me: Can you give any details on what fans can expect with Hatchet 3?

AG: I hate the word “trilogy” because it’s not necessarily a trilogy but if you think of it as one giant movie, because if people saw the second one I start them on the same exact frame  as the other one ended and they just keep going, which is something I think makes it a little unique and fun to watch, because eventually you’ll be able to sit and watch them all back to back and it’ll just be one long movie. In this one, we’re not going to do anymore flashbacks—If I have to watch another Hatchet flashback, I will stab myself. Now we know what the curse is but how do you really get rid of the curse…There's a lot of anger and gore and blood and honestly, sometimes I’m worried that I put BJ [McDonnell] into a corner….
The second one was so much bigger than the first one. The first one had 7 on screen kills but the second one had 17...[In Hatchet 3] I think there's one scene  that kills 12 people in 2 minutes, or something. It’s just non-stop but that’s what the fans want at this point and it’s going to be considered the climax of the story, which Dark Sky hates when I say because they do not want this to end, and it won’t. There's always a way to bring him back and there’s always a way to keep going. We already have plenty of ideas where we could go but I like approaching each one as if it’s the end so that if there isn’t another one I feel like I finished the story and had closure.
This one is completely insane and off the hook, especially now after what happened with the second one getting yanked from theaters and problems the Hatchet series has had with the MPAA. We’re not going to start with that shit this time…we’ll do a couple of theatrical screenings of it, where we can play it, but we’re not editing the movie for them. We’re not changing anything and we’ll get it out on demand or DVD or whatever we have to do to get the fans the version they’re supposed to see without having to jump through hoops. This one is really going to be out there.

Me: Are you ever planning on making another Chillerama movie?

AG: At this time, not really. The first one, as fun as it was, was for me one of the worse experiences of my life. My segment was an absolute joy and one of the reasons I think I'm still directing because Hatchet 2 was very hard to make and it wasn’t supposed to be. Hatchet 2 was supposed to be the victory lap which I had put off for like five years so I could make other movies. And then it was like, ‘Now we’re getting the band back together’ and we’re going to do this for the fans,  and then I think it was so ambitious for the budget, it was so hard to make. We got hit with the swine flu, everyone got sick and was throwing up on set…it was misery. So coming off of that, I was like ‘I need a long break from this’. And then Chillerama came around and it totally reminded me of how fun this is and how much I love it but unfortunately, the process of dealing with four different directors and their schedules and when things are actually going to get done, that was really hard to do and just some of the personalities involved …it was just unbelievable. My shoot was four days and we only worked half days , everybody was having a blast. Some of the other ones were a disaster or a nightmare and ultimately, we did pull through and I’m happy with the fact that people like almost all of it—I think that’s great. I don’t know about doing a second one though. The idea was always that we’d get four new directors to do it and that would be the thing that does make it happen. It has been very successful, and I'm sure if we wanted to do another one we could but I don’t think anybody is necessarily jumping up and down, racing to do it. It really beat up all of us pretty bad. Remember too, with that movie, nobody got paid anything. That was completely a labor of love, for-fun project and I think that's why we all got so beaten up over it because it was supposed to be just for fun but it dragged on for two years. If you’re going to do something for fun, it should be a couple of days, not two years.

Me: Can you give any details about Killer Pizza or explain how you got involved with the project?

AG:  I had been developing different projects for 1492, which is Chris Colombus’ company, which was a huge deal for me because Chris was the reason why I became a screenwriter in the first place. When I first saw Goonies and Gremlins I remember as a kid thinking ‘Oh my god, these kids actually talk like I do.’ Normally in movies it was never the case; it always felt like an adult writing how they think kids should speak. So that’s what made me start studying screenwriting. I’ve loved everything that Chris has ever done so when they first responded to my material--which I think was probably Hatchet--and liked it, I started meeting with them—that was exciting. Then they sent me this book called Killer Pizza which was apparently a very popular children’s book. It was written for 8 year olds so there wasn’t too too much going on but the idea and the heart was so massive and there were so many opportunities there, so I went back to them with my take on how I would do it as a big blockbuster movie and when they called back and said you got the job, I couldn’t believe it. The first time I turned in a first draft, I was so nervous because I was like ‘Chris Colombus is going to read this, oh my God, what’s he going to say, what if he likes it, what if he doesn’t like it’ and he called me personally the next day to say how happy he was with it, and that was one of those moments where you hang up the phone and call your mom right away to tell her. That was amazing.  So I don’t know what’s going to happen with it. MGM bought the project so now I'm in the process of doing all the various studio rewrites, which sometimes can destroy a project but so far, so good. The people at MGM have been awesome and I think it really helps when you have a guy like Chris producing it because obviously he knows what hes doing and everybody’s really appreciative of that. So far so good. Then again, it’s a studio movie and they take forever to move.

Me: Is there anything else you'd like to say to the fans?

AG: Please watch Holliston and please watch it legally. I know not everyone has FearNet yet but they can call their cable provider. There's a phone number, 877-FEAR-247, and you can demand it from your cable provider. If enough people demand it…if half the people who know about this show call Comcast or Time Warner or whoever and say they want to see it, they’ll get it. It’s not that hard to have them add the network  but in the meantime if that doesn’t happen, we're working on getting it to iTunes as fast as possible afterwards. There's just something more fun about watching it on TV as it plays rather than watching it after the fact on a computer screen so hopefully, people can see it on TV and eventually of course there will be the DVD and blu ray set and all the other stuff, but that’s not going to be for a while.

Holliston premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:30 on FearNet. Read my review of the hilarious horror-comedy here. Make sure to keep an eye out for the third film in the Hatchet series which is currently filming and Green's other project, Killer Pizza.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Interview with Director Sevé Schelenz


I think it's extremely important to support indie filmmakers within the horror community because they are the ones who are actually trying to make new and unique films while thinking of the fans each step of the way. These writers and directors muster up all of their savings, blood, sweat and tears to deliver something worthwhile to the fans. One upcoming filmmaker, Sevé Schelenz, was nice enough to talk with me about his recent horror film, Skew, and discuss the fascination that audiences have with the "found-footage" genre.

Skew is a "found-footage" film that follows three friends who are on a road trip to a friend's wedding. With a camera by their side, the group of kids begin noticing that strange things are happening all around them and danger is right around every corner. 

Schelenz, who wrote Skew in 2004, never thought about doing horror films prior to the project. He explained, "To be honest, I never thought of doing a horror feature until the story of Skew suddenly came to me before an actual road trip. I had so much fun making the film and screening it at a number of horror festivals, [and] it opened my mind to working on another. The world these horror fans live and breathe is incredible and I can truly see the honest enjoyment they get from watching a good film."

In regard to the "found-footage" aspect of the movie, the director states, "Directing a POV (point-of-view) film is quite different than your usual fare. Since the entire story is seen through the lense of a camera, that one or more characters may be operating, you don't have a chance to shoot outside of this world you are in."

He continued, "There is no chance for the audience to see our characters holding the camera and reacting to things that may occur around them and outside of their camera's vision. This style of filmmaking also doesn't allow you to cut from long shots to close up as you would see in your typical narrative feature. This, of course, limits your options and forces you to become a creative and competent storyteller within the point-of-view device."

The POV and "found-footage" horror film has become increasingly popular over the past several years, with notable successes such as Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. Filmmakers and studios are realizing that films can be made with little money and make back way more in ticket sales but for Schelenz, he didn't have big studios helping him make his film--he had to make it all on his own dime.


He said, "Skew has really felt like one of my children from day one. I have poured all my blood, sweat, tears, and money into the project for over 7 years now. This film would never have been completed without the help of some amazing friends and work colleagues who have stuck with me from the day of conception."



The director continued, "Early on, I realized that the process would be even more prolonged if I looked for funding support from outside agencies. I decided this was not an option and elected to make Skew under the DIY model. The pre-production and production side of Skew was done for just under $25,000."

The road to making his first feature was no an easy one. He explained," Making a feature, truly independent or not, is a long and expensive process in which outside factors have to be taken into account. At the end of the day, only those with the perseverance and genuine love for the filmmaking process will survive and come out with a completed project."


Aside from his money issues, Schelenz had no problem with coming up with the idea for his movie. The story for the film came to him during a 2004 road trip with his friends. He realized that he could make a low budget horror that fans would accept and developed a POV film.

Schelenz was inspired by The Blair Witch Project and wanted to make a film in similar fashion without copying it entirely. He stated, "So instead of using the camera as a gimmick, as most "found-footage" films tend to to, I decided to go another direction. Without giving any spoilers away, let's just say that once you've seen Skew, you'll quickly realize it's unlike any other "found-footage" film you've seen. The reason why? Because it's not actually a "found-footage" film at all. It's actually a narrative feature that happens to be filmed in  POV style from the video camera of one of the characters."

During the time that Schelenz was making Skew, the "found-footage" film wasn't as popular as it is now. In fact, there term, found-footage, didn't really even exist yet. In response to the sudden increase in the genre, the filmmaker stated, "The "found-footage" sub-genre of horror definitely seems to have some turbulence surrounding it. On one hand, films like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, and The Devil Inside seem to have done well at the box office. Yet, on the other hand, there seems to be backlast to this style of film not only from the critics, but from fans as well."

He continued, "For me, it comes down to story. If you don't have a good script, you don't have a good film--horror or otherwise. I have a feeling that a number of these "found-footage" films that now exist are probably not that great. The reason being is it's inevitable that once a formula proves successful, especially in Hollywood, it will be done to death to milk as much money out of it as possible."

Although the film was written in 2004, it took several years for the project to be completed. Skew was released at the end of 2011, at the height of the found-footage craze. The director hopes that his film will not get lost in the ever-growing pile of the popular horror sub-genre. He explained, "I hope that true horror lovers will take the time to watch Skew as it is unique to the sub-genre and plays with ideas they've never seen before. In the end, it's the story that's told in Skew that will grab you. If you give it a try, I guarantee you will have to put your thinking cap on and pay attention to figure out the puzzle."

So far the film has not gotten lost among the other films and has actually been recognized by fans and critics alike, screening at over 40 film festivals and winning 7 awards. Skew is currently available on Netflix in the US and it will also premiere in Canada and the U.K. by the end of the year.

As for Schelenz, he has decided to move on from the POV film and onto something a bit different. He said, "Right now I am working on another horror feature with a writing partner. We are fairly close to locking it and will begin our funding drive and pre-production soon. I hope to go into production on this early on in 2013. I decided it was time to move away from the POV style film and go with something a little more traditional. There's not much else I can say about the project except that it involves a lot of blood, boobs, and black ooze."

What more could you ask for in a horror? Make sure to check out Skew on Netflix and keep an eye out for director, Seve Schelenz, in the near future.

**Please note: I have no idea what is going on with this post but no matter how much I tried to fix it, it kept coming out like this. Please try your best to overlook the awful appearance. Thank you**

Monday, March 19, 2012

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Beside the Dying Fire: The Walking Dead Finale Recap


I am literally still screaming from last night's season two finale of The Walking Dead. So much was revealed and a fan favorite made an appearance just before the episode ended. The episode was filled with action and drama from start to finish and as Rick stated, "This isn't a democracy anymore." Not only has the group turned against him, he doesn't seem to give a damn what they think anymore. With the final shot of the season, audiences realize that the survivors are heading to a very dark place mentally and physically, and they will soon realize that listening to Rick may not be so bad after all, considering who they are going to face next season.

The episode titled, Beside the Dying Fire, opens with the zombies in Atlanta feeding on Rick's horse from season one. A helicopter flies overhead and the zombies decide to follow it, eventually making their way to the woods by Hershel's farm. The herd overhear Carl's gunshot (really, they only heard the one gunshot?) and descend on the farm. My question is, how the hell did Rick, Shane, Daryl and Glenn walk right past this ginormous group of walkers in the first place?

Anyway, Rick and Carl get swept up among the oncoming zombies and are only able to make it to the barn while the rest of the survivor's contemplate how to deal with the situation. The Grimes boys lure the zombies into the barn and set it on fire, taking out a small portion of the walking dead. Meanwhile, the other survivors start driving around the farm, shooting at as many of the walkers as they can, only to realize that they are barely causing any damage.

Suddenly, the farm is completely overrun and the group of survivors are forced to make life altering decisions that result in many of them splitting up and breaking away from the group. Two lives are lost in the midst of the chaos, although they didn't really matter much to me. Jimmy and Patricia were just collateral damage and luckily the other survivors didn't get a scratch on them. THANK GOD. For a moment I thought that Hershel would stay with his farm and die and if that happened I would have lost my damn mind!

After the group splits from the farm, they all meet back up along the highway where they originally were in the beginning of the season--minus Andrea who was left behind. As the group gathers themselves they learn that Shane is dead and they believe that Andrea is dead as well and decide not to go back for her. Up a little further down the road the group stop to recoup and Rick makes a shocking admission, although to fans of the comics and to the fans that have been paying close attention from day one, it wasn't much of a shock at all!

Rick tells the group that they are all already infected with the zombie virus, explaining how Shane and Randall turned without being bitten. He explains that Jenner told him before they left the CDC and he wasn't sure until he saw Shane reanimate. Right away the group jumps down his throat for not telling them and wah, wah, wah. Why should he tell you if he wasn't sure?! It would only make you more upset and what good would telling you do anyway, huh?! It would probably just make you whiny bastards give up all together. So, I'm with Rick for withholding the information until he was positive that Jenner wasn't just talking crazy. Fuck you Glenn and Carol!

After the less than warm response from the group, Rick walks away pretty upset. Lori walks over to him to comfort her hubby and he confesses that he killed Shane. He tells his wife everything--how Shane lured him into the woods and how he let him bring him out further. He slowly lets on that he wanted Shane dead so he wouldn't have to deal with the bullshit anymore. During his revelation, Lori's face just gets worse and worse and she becomes increasingly upset at her husband's admission. Then, he tells her that Carl shot Shane when he came back as a walker and she flips her shit.

I'm not exactly sure why Lori was reacting the way that she did because it seemed like she was becoming upset with Rick's every word. However, it seemed that her realization that Carl had been the one to shoot Shane was what made her so angry with her husband. Either that or she was really pissed that Rick just killed her boy toy.

Uh, but Lori, this is all your fault! If Lori never planted the seed in Rick's mind in the first place he never would have felt the need to take care of Shane and if she didn't give Shane hope, he never would have tried to kill Rick. The whole situation was her doing and if she didn't want her husband to "do something," then she never should have said anything in the first place! Women.

When the group are sitting around the fire, reflecting on the days events and wondering where they would go from there, Rick steps up and basically tells everyone that things are changing; he tells them that he's in charge and that if they don't like it, they can leave. Oh, the horror. The look on Lori's face mixed with Carl's whining just pissed me off! Rick is right in every way; he had to do everything he did to protect the group and if he didn't, they'd all be dead. Especially if Shane was the one in charge. By the end of the scene, it's clear that Rick is changing and he's becoming more ruthless because he's realized that it's the way he needs to be in order to survive.

Meanwhile, Andrea is screwed. She's alone, running out of ammo, and lost in the woods while being chased by walkers. Then, a hooded stranger saves her by slicing an attacking walker's head off with a sword.

MICHONNE!

The bad ass bitch from the comics made her first appearance into the series with her two zombie pets in toe. I'll admit that it did look a little ridiculous with Michonne holding the two jaw-less/armless zombies on a leash behind her, but it was also fucking AWESOME. The audience is unsure whether or not she will take Andrea as her friend or maybe she'll make her another one of her pets.

The episode ends with the camera panning out over the prison in the distance and I immediately got goosebumps. OH. EM. GEE. Will there be zombie prison rape? Will people get their limbs hacked off? WILL MORE OF THE GROUP DIE?! We won't know until next October, which sucks because I cannot wait that long! All I know is that I'm super excited.

I think that the creators of the series ended it amazingly well. The episode was awesome the whole way through and it gave the fans what they wanted--answers. And Michonne. But, the fans will never be satisfied. They bitch no matter what. Well, you know what you bastards? If you don't like what the show is doing and where it's going, then don't fucking watch it. It's pretty simple.

And now I begin my zombie withdrawals.




Friday, March 16, 2012

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Dark Shadows Trailer


Johnny Depp is the only man who can make wearing make-up look mighty fine. Even as a centuries old vampire, which I'm convinced he actually is (does he ever age?), he still looks damn good. Depp has teamed up with his hetero life mate, Tim Burton, once again for the re-imagining of the Gothic Soap Opera, Dark Shadows. The campy film, which hits theaters May 11, just released it first trailer and fans can agree that it's very Burton-esque.

Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a wealthy and powerful man who is turned into a vampire and burned alive by a scorned witch. Decades pass and Barnabas wakes up in the year 1972, only to return to find his Collinwood Estate in ruin. In effort to regain his life back, Barnabas does his best to adapt to his new environment and estranged family.

The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter (AGAIN?), Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, and Gulliver McGrath.

I've never seen the original series but I do know that the spooky soap housed many different supernatural creatures that have become so popular as of late. Some fans may be unhappy with the comedic tone the film is taking but it's only the trailer; there's plenty more to be revealed in the actual film, which may be a little darker than it appears--so don't get your panties in a twist!

Are you excited for Tim Burton's adaptation of Dark Shadows?



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Wait...You Want to Take Me to Chernobyl? WTF.


I don't know about you, but I've been DYING to take a mini-vacay to Chernobyl. The gorgeous scenery, the clean and pure air....the remnants of a nuclear disaster that happened over 20 years ago. What other place would you rather be? Umm....NOT.

The trailer for the new Oren Peli and Brian Witten-produced horror, Chernobyl Diaries, has finally hit the web and let me tell you, the storyline sounds AMAZING. Right. Because any group of twenty-something friends would totally want to go to Chernobyl for a vacation. I'm sorry, but if my friend told me that he was talking me to Chernobyl, I would tell him to go f*ck himself.

The film looks like it garnered it's idea from an episode of the SyFy show, Destination Truth, only...it's way worse. Oren Peli really needs to move on from the whole ghost thing and if you want to sell me on a horror movie, here's an idea: Don't put Jesse McCartney in it. Thank you.

I didn't know that just anybody could walk into Chernobyl for the hell of it. Isn't that place quarantined or at least under close security? Oh well, in horror movies you can do anything.

The film, in theaters May 28 (seriously, this is getting a theatrical release?), follows a group of friends who become stranded in Chernobyl and find themselves being hunted by the past residents of the broken city. Really?

Check out the cheesy trailer (which I borrowed from Bloody-Disgusting) below. Are you scared?

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Tweet During The Walking Dead Finale


I am anxiously counting down the days until this Sunday's season finale of The Walking Dead, which is sure to be a zombie bloodbath. Not only will I be able to get my much needed zombie fix this weekend, I will also have the chance to chat with Walking Dead showrunner, Glen Mazzara (@GlenMazzara), who will be live tweeting with fans during the much anticipated episode.

Mazzara, who frequently answers fan questions on Twitter already, will be providing episode commentary and answers during the big episode, which airs this Sunday at 9pm on AMC. Following the finale, the head honcho will have a Twitter Q&A on Monday starting at 7pm.

Got any burning questions that NEED to be answered by the one man who knows all about everyone's favorite zombies and slightly enjoyable survivors? Well, get your ass to the computer at 7 and use #walkingdeadchat along with your questions.

Wait, isn't that what The Talking Dead is for? Hmmm. And Mazzara will be a guest for this Sunday's episode, airing directly after TWD at 10pm, where he will most likely answer all of the important questions pertaining to the season and the final episode.

Whatever. Hey Glen, I have a question for you: Why do you hate women so much? The way the female specimen is portrayed on the show makes even me hate women and want them to just keep their mouths shut. I can't wait for Michonne to show up and start bitch slapping people were her katana (yes, I know it's a sword, thanks).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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The Vampire Diaries' Alaric May Die


If you watched the last episode of CW's The Vampire Diaries, then you know that the series left us with a cliffhanger before going on a break for a few weeks. We will get our answer tomorrow but the answer may have come early with the news that Matt Davis, who plays the always-in-peril Alaric, has signed on to join as star of a new CW pilot, Cult.

Deadline reports of Davis' recent gig, Cult, created by teen-drama God, Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, Scream), which will also star Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead, Cloverfield). Apparently, Davis will star in both shows if the series gets picked up but I have a strange feeling that my favorite Vampire Diaries character is going to kick the bucket. The guy has seriously died about fifty times since the series has started.

Cult will follow Skye (Lucas), a production assistant on a popular television series called Cult. After mysterious disappearances and murders, Skye joins Davis' Jeff, a journalist blogger who's brother is among the missing, as the two investigate the show's rabid fan-base who may be recreating the show's storylines.

Ah, this sounds exciting! Ever since Dawson's Creek and Scream, I believe that everything Kevin Williamson touches turns to gold and I have high hopes for this series. It sounds interesting and has two people I love cast in the lead, and it's not about lovestruck vampires--as far as I know. Hopefully, the series will get picked up because I am really looking forward to seeing it. I just hope Alaric doesn't die, especially for Elena's sake. Wah.
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World War Z Pushed Back


Were you excited about seeing the zombie flick, World War Z, at the end of the year?! Yeah, me too! Except, oh, wait...it's not coming out as originally planned and has been pushed back for a release date of June 21, 2013. With the "most expensive zombie movie of all time" being held off for another year, it better be one HELL of a movie when it does finally hit theaters.

World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, takes place ten years after a zombie plague has devastated the world. Pitt will play a U.N. work who is gathering data while simultaneously trying to deliver a cure for the zombie virus. The film also stars Mireille Enos as his wife.

Earlier this year, the LA Times posted that director Marc Forster and Paramount Pictures are hoping to make the epic zombie story into a trilogy. Hopefully, the world doesn't end before the movie adaptation of the Max Brooks' bestseller finally gets finished.


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Holliston Review


Do you ever find yourself stuck watching The Big Bang theory, wishing that it was actually funny? Well, guess what! Adam Green and Joe Lynch have teamed up with FEARnet for their new horror-comedy sitcom, Holliston, premiering April 3 at 10:30pm, and it's the horror version of Big Bang--only it's HILARIOUS. The show is a perfect blend of geeky-horror pop culture references mixed with elements found in traditional sitcoms, making the perfect recipe for every horror fan.

Green and Lynch, along with Holliston costars, Corri English and Laura Ortiz, are currently in Massachusetts screening the show for local fans before its series premiere airs on FEARnet. The group made their rounds at Emerson college in Boston, where I was lucky enough to view the pilot and the third episode, which Green stated was one of his favorites. Today, the screening continues in Holliston, Green's hometown and the setting for the new series.

I'll admit, when I initially saw the first trailer for the show, I was worried. I thought the previews made the series look super cheesy and the laugh track only made it appear worse. However, I was happily proved wrong because the show had both me and my mother (yes my mother) laughing hysterically--and my mom hates this shit!

The show follows Adam and Joe, two broke buddies who are trying to make it big as horror filmmakers while simultaneously trying to survive their mundane lives, living paycheck to paycheck. The pair work at a local cable station, hosting a show and producing awful ads for local agencies. When Adam isn't working, he's pining away for his childhood sweetheart, Corri, who returns to town and makes the hopeless slug fall for her all over again.

Last night's screening premiered the pilot episode, which follows Adam as he lets his imaginary friend, Gwar's Oderus Urungus, convince him into hiring a hooker to act as his girlfriend on a double date with Corri and her douchebag doctor boy toy. In typical sitcom fashion, Adam's plan goes awry and laughter ensues.

The entire episode was funny but the laughs really came during the date when Adam is forced to make sure his drugged-out prostitute doesn't foil his plan. I fell in love with the woman who played his date because she was dirty, rough looking, and she had that sexy throaty Boston accent that makes ladies completely irresistible. She was a typical Boston broad and getting to see her and Adam interact was insanely hilarious because as hard as it may be to believe, most chicks from Boston do indeed look and act like drugged-out prostitutes; it was funny to see what I normally see on a daily basis play out on the screen.

Following the pilot episode, the audience was given the treat of viewing the third episode in the series, Skunked, which follows Adam and Joe after they have been sprayed by a skunk. Corri and Laura come to the rescue, or at least try to, when they venture to the store for some vinegar.

This episode had possibly one of the funniest scenes that I have seen in a really long time, involving Corri and Laura and their discussion on how to properly say "Market Basket." Laura Ortiz, who is seriously adorable and my favorite on the show, doesn't say it right, no matter how much she is corrected. I'm not sure if people outside of Massachusetts will find it as funny because they've never heard of the supermarket chain but Ortiz's delivery and Corri's real reaction make it priceless to watch.

Holliston definitely doesn't take itself seriously and they are self-aware of the genre, which they showcase through their self-deprecating humor and moments of breaking from their scenes. With its perfect mixture of gross-out humor as well as some heartfelt moments, the show definitely succeeds and it would even work as a standalone comedy series, rather than comedy-horror.

If you were turned off by the trailer, which I know some people were, I urge you to get past that because the show is so much better! I was hesitant to the laugh track at first but once you start watching the show and get involved with the lighthearted storyline, you totally forget that it's even there.

Adam and Joe are surprisingly really great actors and they are naturally funny to boot. The ladies have their time to shine as well and each one has their own quirkiness to quickly make you fall for them and or make you want to be their new besties. Joe and Laura definitely stand out among the cast; Joe is very physical with his comedy while Laura is unique and creepy-cute. Because the cast are all close friends in real life, their chemistry clearly shines on the screen, making you wish that you could be a part of their little gang.

Overall, Holliston is definitely a show to watch and it will not disappoint the nerdy horror fans around the world. If the first two episodes I've seen are any indication of what is to come in future episodes, the show is only going to get funnier and I cannot wait to see what the group do next.

So, set your DVR's, call and get FEARnet--do whatever--and tune in on Tuesday, April 3 at 10:30pm to watch a sitcom that has finally been made for us horror fans!


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