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Mallika Sherawat Discusses Hisss

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Mallika Sherawat in HisssSome new images have hit the Net from Jennifer Lynch’s upcoming Hisss along with an interview with the film’s star, Mallika Sherawat, who was in Southern California recently to assist with Lynch’s post-production work.

IndiaWest.com spoke with the Bollywood beauty, and she talked enthusiastically about her role as a vendetta-seeking female snake able to take on human form. Some of the highlights are as follows:

“I have always taken risks, done unconventional things,” she said. “This role too is very unusual — my get-up is something never before seen in Bollywood movies. I have to express emotions through my eyes as I don’t have any dialogues.”

“The story of the nagin is a popular legend in many Eastern countries. Hisss will bring that myth to the West,” continued Sherawat. “It also offers a different perspective to a Western audience because in India snakes are worshipped — while in the West they are portrayed as monsters, in such movies as Anaconda.”

Robert Kurtzman, the Hollywood genius of prosthetic make-up and visual effects, has given Sherawat the scaly, reptilian look and created her transformation. For Sherawat, shooting those scenes was the hardest part. She had to don eight bodysuits in succession to create the transformation from serpent to woman and vice versa. The body suits were made of a clingy material that severely restricted her movements. She had to be carried to and from the sets. She couldn’t use the restroom for hours, and her detailed prosthetic make-up took up to five hours to put on.

IndiaWest also provided a little more in-depth description of Hisss than what we’ve seen before: The story follows a ruthless American who, fascinated by the ancient folklore of the nagin, travels to India to find out the truth. In the jungles of India he captures the mate of the nagin for the magical powers of its nagmani, a mythical gem embedded in its hood. The nagin transforms into a femme fatale and comes to the modern world to track down her lover. She wreaks revenge on those who stand in the way of their reunion and also on her mate’s captors. Her desperate search and subsequent quest for revenge results in a breakneck chase with a trail of bodies and narrow escapes.

For more, hit the above link. Those of us who are attending this month’s Fangoria LA Weekend of Horrors will have a chance to meet Mallika in person. The rest will have to make do with the above picture and wait for September when Hisss makes it debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Lionsgate Actively Developing The Blair Witch Project TV Series

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Recently it was announced via Deadline that Lionsgate is gathering together digital content for their new brand Studio L.

In today’s fast-changing media landscape, Lionsgate is committed to creating and distributing various types of content for next-generation audiences with some of the most exciting creative voices and innovative partners in our industry,” said Studio L Executive Vice President Seth Laderman.

He continues: “The projects announced today signal our commitment to finding stand-out material, incubating new talent, and delivering authentic storytelling. We will also continue to cultivate and foster fresh opportunities with existing Lionsgate properties, all built around Studio L’s low-risk, high-reward distribution model.

One of the “existing Lionsgate properties” he’s talking about is evidently a TV series based on Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez classic found footage flick The Blair Witch Project. No further details about the series are known at this time but we will make sure to keep you guys up to date as news pours in.

Are you excited about a TV series based on The Blair Witch Project? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Found video footage tells the tale of three film students (Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams) who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.

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Stephen King’s IT Star Jeremy Ray Taylor and More Join Goosebumps 2

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GoosebumpsI was a big fan of the Jack Black Goosebumps movie that came out a few years back. Makes sense. I was a big fan of the R.L. Stine book series as a kid.

It’s with this in mind I’m excited about the upcoming Goosebump 2 and today we have an update on the film via Variety.

Turns out the kid cast of the sequel has been gathered together, and leading the pack will be chubby Ben from Stephen King’s IT aka Jeremy Ray Taylor.

On top of Taylor, the other child in the cast include Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Ben O’Brien (Manchester by the Sea), and Caleel Harris (“Castle Rock”).

While we don’t know any details regarding the sequel’s plot, Variety suspects it will “focus on iconic characters and storylines featured in the Goosebumps series.”

Ari Sandel is developing the project with Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more. What did you think of the original film and how excited are you for Goosebumps 2? Let us know below!

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Ash vs Evil Dead S3 E1 Review – Ash is Back, Baby!

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Starring Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, Arielle Carver, Lucy Lawless

Written by Mark Verheiden

Directed by Mark Beesley


In order to appease fans, the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” needs to open with a bang and certainly not a whimper. Thankfully, the team behind the series know that and have spared basically no expense and are wasting no time getting right into the story.

We open to a commercial of Ash promoting his new hardware store, a business that not only sells tools and various accessories but also doubles as a sex toy shop. After all, when buying some screws, why not buy a dildo too, right? As Ash is celebrating the Grand Opening, a knock-off of “Antiques Roadshow” plays in the background where we see a young woman bring in the Necronomicon in the hopes of finding that is has worth. A few uttered words later and the blood not only begins flowing, it douses the screen!

Back in Elk Grove, Pablo’s torso fills with strange and foreign letters, a troubling omen of the evil that’s about to descend upon our plucky Ghostbeaters. Also here, we meet Brandy, Ash’s daughter (although she doesn’t know that at first), who, along with her friend Racehl, gets attacked in her high school by Coogie, the school mascot. This leads her to call her mother, Candy Barr, who in turn grabs Ash and reveals that they are married and that Ash’s daughter is in trouble. Essentially one gigantic dump of news, Ash heads to the high school where a blood-soaked battle ensues, one that leaves more than a few corpses.

At the end of the episode, Kelly reunites with Ash and Pablo, Brandy is brought aboard the team, and there’s Dalton, a Knight of Sumeria, who pledges his service to Ash, although I don’t think he knows what he’s getting himself into…

Moving at an almost breakneck speed, the first episode is absolutely packed with blood, gore, violence, and a couple of moments that actually had me laughing so hard that I had to pause the episode. Bruce Campbell still brings his all to the role of Ash and Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I have a feeling, is going to kill it (no pun intended) as his daughter, Sandy…Mandy? Brandy!

Do we get an understanding of what the greater story is going to be this season? Apart from seeing Ruby get her hands on the Necronomicon and do some weird blood ritual with it that impregnates her, not really. Honestly though, that really doesn’t matter. For now, it’s just good to see the old Delta roaring through the streets of Elk Grove once again.

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