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Set Visit: Drag Me to Hell - Part 2 (click for larger image)These terrible things quite likely involve the creative mind of Greg Nicotero, a monster maker of daunting credits who also worked with Raimi in the second and third Evil Dead films. “This is back to basics for Sam,” Greg told us. “We’ve got possessed characters, we’ve got some rotting corpses.

Asked for more details, he went on to say, “We’ve both matured in the 22 years since we worked together on Evil Dead 2. But we still have the same sensibilities. We still love the cheesy scares. This is back to traditional stuff. He wants to use animatronics, puppets, and dummy heads. In the first meeting I said, ‘You know we could potentially do a CGI implementation here,’ and he’s like, “Ahhhh! That CG stuff! Get that crazy crap out of here. We’re doing the practical stuff.’ So we’re designing rotting corpses, and we’re designing demon make-ups and possession make-ups. Sam is really receptive every single step of the way. It really raised my interest level and excitement about it because this is the guy who redefined the horror landscape.

The precise design of the hellish terrors was kept under wraps, though Greg was open to describing the influences involved. “There’s a recurring theme that we utilize when we’re designing the characters. There are a lot of animalistic qualities to them. The Evil Dead movies were a lot more outrageous. We were going with demonic skulls and creepier things like that, especially in Army of Darkness. With this film, we went more with an animalistic approach in terms of sharpened teeth, animal eyes, and that sort of stuff.

While the story itself may sound simple, it is bound to be all Sam Raimi. “You read the script and there’s a séance scene, and you’re like, oh yeah, there’s a bunch of people and floating candelabras and spooky wind blowing,” Greg laughs, “but then you watch the way he shoots it. He’ll clip the camera on one person and then travel the camera all around that person, and then zoom in, and then go to the next person and go all the way around again, and then the way he cuts it together, it’s just completely Sam.

Raimi himself stopped to talk with us in between takes and gave us some insight on what to expect with this film in comparison to his classic favorites. “This is a PG-13 picture. So it’s a little less assaulting than the Evil Dead movies, which were unrated films. I’m really just out for the same thing. I’m just trying to make a horror movie that people go to, that they laugh at, that they think is suspenseful, they get excited about the action or exciting monster sequences, they get scared, they go ‘oh gross!’, and have those kind of funhouse reactions. So it’s the lower brow that I really enjoy working in. For me, it’s a great weight off of my shoulders.

The nature of the curse haunting the young Christine Brown is no trivial affair, for this is the much feared, though little known, curse of the Lamia, a strange beast of mythological origins that had bad child-eating habits, hermaphroditic qualities, and removable eyes (which, on a side note of interest, makes the Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth another arguable appearance of the Lamia in modern film). The original tale, which involves a Libyan queen named Lamia who fooled around with Zeus and so contracted a rather grotesque curse from the eternally jealous Hera, goes well beyond the Greek. “There are other cultures that reference the Lamia as a demon,” Sam told us. “Sometimes it’s a female and a baby eater. There are a lot of different stories in different cultures about a spirit, or demon, or god known as Lamia. We read about them, and we were interested and excited and thought how interesting that this is a different creature in many different cultures that all know that name. We thought let’s call our creature the Lamia and take a little bit of all the different ideas that are presented in these reference books to these demons. Maybe they all have a piece of the truth, and maybe our story would be what it really was. We’re not really basing it on any specific culture’s version of that demon or god; we just took a little bit here or there and just pretended that they all got it wrong, and we got it right!”

We’re guessing you did, Sam, especially given our positive early review. Drag Me to Hell is scheduled to hit theaters on May 29, 2009. I can’t wait to see that title on a marquee. Good times.

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Paramount’s Dating App Thriller Snags The Boy Next Door Screenwriter

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Are dating apps scary? Paramount sure hopes that’s the case as they have just hired screenwriter Barbara Curry (Blumhouse’s The Boy Next Door) to pen the upcoming “dramatic investigative thriller” Gasp.

Hiring Curry for this film makes a ton of sense being that before Curry was the screenwriter behind “dramatic investigative thrillers” she worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for ten years. Qualifications galore.

Deadline reports that Gasp is centered around a female detective investigating a killer who is targeting women via a dating app. Nice. Not only is that a super-timely and creepy plot for a flick, but the film is supposedly based on several true stories.

Heaven help us. I knew it. Stay away from those. Male or female. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Now while I’ve never had a bad experience (re: stalker) from a dating app that makes sense considering I never use them. Ever. I prefer the old-school method of sitting in my room alone typing horror news articles and letting the ladies come to me.

12% of the time, it works every time.

The film is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) is co-producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.

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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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