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Simon Hunter Talks Mutant ChroniclesIn his newest film, “>The Mutant Chronicles (review), director Simon Hunter takes audiences to the year 2707. Earth has been depleted of its natural resources, and four corporations run everything while waging war against each other.

During these battles an ancient seal is broken, and suddenly the humans have a far greater enemy than each other: the necromutants that want nothing more than to exterminate the entire human race. Hunter knew that creating a futuristic sci-fi thriller was going to be challenging, especially since there have been so many epic visionary films about future times.

“We knew for Mutant Chronicles that we needed to be distinctive,” explained Hunter. “When creating this type of movie, you have to be interesting and bold so that people will react to more than just the ‘look’ of the film. We had to create a good story, a great depiction of Earth in the future, and most of all, we needed to make sure the mutants were not a rip-off in any way. The bottom line for me is that I wanted a strong film that gave audiences a good gut-punch reaction to it.”

Hunter first approached Edward Pressman (who held the rights to the game) about Mutant Chronicles in 2005, when he tried to convince Pressman that it was possible to create an epic sci-fi thriller and still keep a modest budget because of the technology that was available to them. Hunter decided that in order for Pressman to truly understand what he was able to do with the story, he needed to create a “mood” film.

The Mutant ChroniclesHunter said, “The short film version took us about five days to shoot on blue screen and about four months or so to finish up after that. We really had no budget and limited resources so most of that short film was put together on my home computers. Thank god Pressman liked it, and from there I was hired to direct.”

Both Hunter and Pressman hit the ground running on shopping Mutant Chronicles around town, and once they secured financing, it was time to put together their cast. Hunter was able to assemble his ‘dream cast’, which included Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Ron Perlman, Anna Walton, and Devon Aoki.

“I was ecstatic that we were able to get the level of actors we did for Mutant,” expressed Hunter. “A lot of them came on board because of the mood film I made, which gave me great confidence in working with them.”

Hunter added, “Tom (Jane) has this anti-hero quality to him so I immediately knew he was going to be a perfect fit for the role of Mitch (a rogue-type soldier). Having Ron (Perlman) on set was amazing and intimidating because he has such a presence. Everyone’s passion for the project and their roles, though, is what made everything so worth it. When there is that type of dedication, it can’t help but ripple throughout everything, and you end up with something amazing.”

Mutant Chronicles boasts over 2,000 visual effects and was shot using various techniques. Hunter came up with the idea that they could use CGI along with partial and miniature sets, green screens, and matte paintings to keep the film looking epic but still practical for their bottom line.

“We wanted to use the best technology to our advantage while keeping the project functioning on a very basic level. We shot using a Viper Camera, which gave us a lot of detail to work with that helped us create this retro-looking world from start to finish. I wanted the film have a ‘steam punk’ feel to it where everything just felt gritty and real but still futuristic,” described Hunter.

Hunter’s deep-seated involvement over the last three years with Mutant Chronicles was due to it being a mostly independent movie. “When all is said and done, I am grateful that I was able to be so hands-on, but I admit that it can be hard to maintain a positive perspective for so long. I love being a director so even on the hard days, I was still excited to see what we were able to create,” said Hunter.

Hunter went on to joke, “I have to say it got pretty tough at the end to not get fed up with the mutants. They almost took on a life of their own.”

Mutant Chronicles is now available on HDNet Ultra VOD and will be playing theatrically starting April 24th.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3



I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”


We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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