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The Members of Dr. God Talk the Practical Effects of Bloodsucking Bastards

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During the 2015 Texas Frightmare Weekend, which took place in early May, we spoke with Dr. God, comprised of Justin Ware, Brian O’Connell, Sean Cowhig, Neil Gargulio, and Dave Park, the masterminds behind Bloodsucking Bastards (review here). They wrote, produced, and directed the film as well as appearing on screen with Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joel Murray, and Emma Fitzpatrick.

You can check out Part 1 of our interview here; and now, with Bloodsucking Bastards heading for a theatrical release on September 4th thanks to Scream Factory Films, here’s Part 2, which focuses on the film’s effects and on-set camaraderie.  For more information visit bloodsuckingbastards.com.

MD: We previously talked about the practical effects, the sheer amount of grue. There’s a lot of squishing going on. Who did your practical effects?

BO: His name is Mark Villalobos, and he’s great. He’s got a nice studio up in the Valley. He came to us through the Fortress Features guys who produced The Collector and The Collection. We hit it off really well right at the beginning. I grew up as a fan of the gore and splatter. Practical is the way to go. It feels tangible, you feel it on the screen, it stains things, it gives life to it. I’m not opposed to doing digital sweetening here and there, but you’ve gotta have a bucket and you’ve gotta throw it. It’s gotta hit people.

MD: It’s a trend, though, especially with low budget films: all blood effects, CGI.

BO: Yeah, and it looks like hot dog shit.

MD: You certainly could have played down the gore, went a little more mainstream; but you went all out and are literally splattering people with file cabinets.

BO: Yeah. Absolutely. Still, I think we did a pretty good job of walking that line. We did it just mainstream enough that distributors got excited about it, but not enough that gentlemen like yourself would go, “Bah, this is a fuckin’ waste of time.”

MD: You guys are kind of continuing a grand tradition of comedy troupes moving from stage to television to films. Python, Kids in the Hall, Broken Lizard, and now Dr. God. Yet, one thing I noticed about the movie, even though you guys are the troupe, you didn’t really take the lead parts. You’re all there, but not right up front.

JW: It was a conscious choice. We wanted to sell it, and it’s our first movie. We didn’t necessarily have enough “juice” to play the leads. We’re planning on playing the leads in the next one.

BO: Moving forward, that’s the plan.

JW: It was also just fun to get to work with guys like that. We really have to thank Fran because he was the first major piece to come aboard as talent. That really got the movie moving. He came in through our casting director. Brian and I went out and had drinks with him, and he didn’t know us from Adam. This is one of the things I love about Fran; he said, “Look, I don’t know you guys, but I think the script is really funny so I just wanted to meet you guys, and if we hit it off, we’ll do it.” An hour and a half later, I think we were just talking about basketball, and he said, “Let’s go.” A lot of actors won’t do that.

BO: Pedro was like that, too. We spent over two hours in a diner, and I think we talked for maybe 20 minutes about the movie. By the end we were just super gay for each other.

MD: Did you find that kind of made sense? I assume in a group like yours, camaraderie is as important as how funny the script is. Did that play into how you cast as well?

BO: Absolutely. We got really lucky on this cast. How well everyone got along. A couple of people we already knew, but every time I met with a new actor, I’d think how well I got along with him but also try to think how well Sean would get along with him. I know he’s got a scene with Neil; are these guys going to rub each other the wrong way?

NG: It’s very important. We work together, we’re best friends, we hang out together all the time. The environment is so important. There are a lot of great actors out there, but can you be a great actor and a great person, keep that vibe?

BO: It’s a short shoot, they’re going to be long days, we had absolutely no room for prima donnas. We really like the idea that every movie we do, we’re adding a few more people to the Dr. God family. We’re cool, we’re chill, we know we can trust them.

DP: We can’t not mention all the supporting people that we had worked with on a number of occasions. Zabeth Russell, Marshall Givens, Parvesh Cheena… so many.

Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Yvette Yates, Joel Murray, and Emma Fitzpatrick star. Brian James O’Connell directs from a script by Dr. God.

Synopsis:
Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. The film stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend, Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick), and his slacker best friend, Tim (Joey Kern), so he soldiers on in the hope of one day getting his coveted sales director position.

Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss, Ted (Joel Murray), hands his promotion to his college nemesis, Max (Pedro Pascal). And it isn’t just their sordid past Evan has to deal with. After his fellow officemates start going through disturbing changes (which, paradoxically, make them better employees) and bodies begin to pile up, Evan learns the horrible truth: Max is a vampire. And even worse… a vamp with a plan.

Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, expose Max as the bloodsucking bastard that he is, and save his pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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