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#SDCC15: Slash Takes Us to The Hell Within – Part 1

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There are rock stars… and then there are rock legends, and we were fortunate enough to catch up with one of the latter on the final day of the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. Who else could I be talking about but Slash, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist who’s making quite a splash on the horror scene.

We got together late Sunday morning at the Hard Rock Hotel (of course) to talk about his new film project, The Hell Within, which recently kicked off a FanBacked campaign.  We were able to ask to spend a nice chunk of time with him so we thought we’d split the interview into two parts, the first with some general information about the film and the second delving into the team Slash is working with.

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First off, we wondered what the title means. Is it the hell within each of us? Some sort of hell within the forest location of the film? Slash explains, “I’ve been trying to not let too much out of the bag in regards to The Hell Within, but let’s just say story-wise the title is very literal in the sense that it is something that’s internal.”

With his crowdfunding efforts having just kicked off, we asked how things are going.  “The FanBacked campaign is going great thus far,” he enthused. “We figured it would be a great way to raise some capital for the film without having to lean so much on investors. That enables us to have a lot more creative control in terms of there not always being someone looking over your shoulder. Even from a music standpoint, FanBacked is just a cool way to involve the fans… the core audience. We’re planning on taking as many of our own people along with us on our journey as we can. We can get them things they normally wouldn’t get elsewhere… a copy of the script, the opportunity to be an extra, giving them a call from the set. Basically whatever it is that people really dig so we can build up this little legion of people really participating in the movie that they want to see. The idea is just too intriguing to ignore, ya know?”

Some time has passed since Slash’s first film as a producer, Nothing Left to Fear, and we were curious what he’d learned since then, what he might want to do the same and what he definitely hoped to do differently.  “Everything about making the last film that I produced, Nothing Left to Fear… man, it was a really good learning experience. In terms of everything that could possibly go wrong on a project, let’s just say the kitchen sink and then some was thrown at me. And I mean everything, even down to the smallest thing like missing a cab,” Slash says with a laugh.

“If there was ever a testing ground to see if I really wanted to do this, THAT was it! Thankfully the movie did get made. I mean, there was stuff about it that I wasn’t happy about, but then again, there was a lot I was really pleased with. I learned an ENDLESS list of things on that production in terms of what to do and what not to do.”

So, how hands-on is he in this fairly new role of producer? “Being a producer really speaks to me. I’m that kind of busybody who loves to be involved in everything… seeing everything from the simplest artwork to the most complex of the special effects. One of the things that left me hanging on Nothing Left to Fear is that we had so many problems that the shooting schedule kept getting pushed back and pushed back. I created this window in order to be able to complete this entire movie before going on the road, but it ended up directly conflicting with my touring schedule. So after shows I would be looking at dailies and then scoring at the same time. It was just craziness.”

“This time around, we were going to shoot in August, but I begin touring in September. So we decided to bump the shoot until [next year] because I finish the tour in December.”  (We’ll have more about the tour in Part 2.)

There were some big names in Nothing Left to Fear… Anne Heche, the great Clancy Brown.  We asked if there was any casting news ready to be revealed yet, or maybe certain “types” they’re looking for – established actors or more unknowns? “Right now we’re casting, and the plan is to begin production in January,” Slash says.  “In terms of casting, I’m not as much looking for bigger names as I am just trying to find the right personalities to fill each role. It’s a really small cast, and the film takes place in South America, where it’s being filmed. We have a pretty cool list of actors that we’re looking at. There are some really effective actors on it with HUGE personalities and a presence that fits.”

Hopefully we’ll be learning more about those actors shortly, and in the meantime look for Part 2 on Wednesday!  If you’re already intrigued, head over to The Hell Within FanBacked campaign to learn more and help out.

Synopsis:
Marie and her husband, David, live a charmed life in Manhattan. He’s a successful environmental attorney, and she’s built an international aid organization that helps families in need across South America.

The only thing missing is a child.

When they start receiving disturbing phone calls from Teresa, a young girl in Brazil pleading for help, Marie can’t shake the feeling these calls are connected to her charity. She convinces David to travel with her to Rio to locate the missing girl, and soon a series of strange events and a shocking suicide lead them into the heart of the jungle.

Marie and David find themselves isolated in Seringal, a village overrun with drug runners and lost souls, steeped in ritual and superstition. And as David falls ill to a mysterious disease, Marie begins to realize that the missing child was only the beginning of “The Hell Within.”

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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Blade Runner 2049’s Lackluster Box-Office Still a Mystery to Director Denis Villeneuve

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This past summer we were hit by director Denis Villeneuve’s stunning sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. While a hit with the critics and the audience that saw it, the film didn’t pull in quite the money the studio hoped for. Especially considering its budget.

With a budget of $150 million Blade Runner 2049 only managed to gather $89 million at the domestic box-office and $163 million worldwide.

Why didn’t the film make more cash? Well, director Denis Villeneuve has a few theories that he recently shared with Cinema Blend.

“I’m still digesting it,” he told the site. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long [2 hours, 44 minutes run time]. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies — I don’t sell them.”

Why do you think Blade Runner 2049 didn’t pull in more cash at the domestic box-office? Let us know in the comments below!

Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script by Hampton Fancher (who wrote the original) and Michael Green. The script is based off a story by Hampton Fancher, which is in turn based on the original film’s source material “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick.

The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Edward James Olmos, David Dastmalchian, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi, Sylvia Hoeks, Hiam Abbass, Carla Juri, David Benson, Ellie Wright, and Kingston Taylor.

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Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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David Lynch Says There May Be a Fourth Season of Twin Peaks

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This past year we saw the release of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” on Showtime. And while the series was strange as hell (go figure) I enjoyed ever crazy-ass floor-sweeping, face-punching-off minute of it.

But will there be a fourth season? After all, we had to wait the better part of three decades to get this new third season.

Well, writer-director David Lynch was recently speaking with THR and eventually, the conversation turned to if there will ever be a fourth season to which Lynch replied:

“I don’t know,” Lych said. “It’s too early to say that right now…I’ve learned never say never.”

Good enough for me!

I don’t know if you watched “Twin Peaks: The Return” so I’m not going to go into spoilers here, but I will say the end left the door wide as f*ck open for a fourth season.

What did you think of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return”? Would you be excited about a fourth season? Let us know below or on social media!

“Twin Peaks: The Return” hits Blu-ray December 5, 2017.

BUY IT HERE!

Synopsis:

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

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