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#SDCC15: Slash Takes Us to The Hell Within – Part 2

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The Hell Within

In Part 1 of our recent interview with Slash about his new film, The Hell Within, we focused mostly on some general information about the project and promised we’d be back with more details. Well, here we are with Part 2 of our chat from the just concluded San Diego Comic-Con so strap in to hear from the iconic musician turned producer about whom he’s working with, what kind of effects we can expect, and a lot more.

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We asked Slash how he hooked up with Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train), who wrote the script for The Hell Within. “Jeff Buhler… he’s a fucking great writer. I was getting so many scripts coming in after Nothing Left to Fear. It’s hard not getting jaded. This applies to the music industry too; like right now I’m in the process of looking for opening bands for the next leg of my tour so I’m just inundated with CDs and links to other bands. After about 10 minutes you start to lose all faith and hope in the industry,” Slash jokes.

“Anyway, I got this script a few months ago, and I was astonished at how well written it was. Jeff knows how to put together a whole story that doesn’t take off on tangents… he’s very concise with his first, second, and third acts. Even better, he had already worked with the director [Dennison Ramalho] previously, and that made things a lot easier. I was like, ‘I want to be a part of this team to tell this story.'”

“Then, when I met Ramalho, he turned me on to some really cool stuff that he was into, like the Coffin Joe films. It’s good that he and Jeff were already working together when I came on board. It enabled the wheels to start turning a lot faster than they normally would have.”

On The Hell Within’s FanBacked page, Slash says, “I love creepy, haunting stuff,” so we asked if fans will find psychological horror in the film. “When it comes to horror movies, at the end of the day, they’re all psychological. With this film we wanted to give the audience enough room to think for themselves. To get really creeped out. We wanted to make a movie that will get under the viewer’s skin without having to see a lot of shock value things like people being tortured to death. Movies are resting a bit too much nowadays on that kind of thing, and I was really into bringing a story to the screen that can affect the viewer in a cerebral manner. Something that will engage the audience to take the twists and the turns. That’s where the psychological aspect of the film comes in. That’s what it does.”

“We do have a pretty cool monster in the film too,” Slash adds. “I’m a HUGE creature feature guy so coupling that with other aspects of the film makes things really interesting. The effects on the film will be mostly practical. I’m working with Greg Nicotero on a lot of the effects work. I also have a guy that I’ve known for a long time, since the Nineties actually, Joey Orosco. He worked on things like The Lost World: Jurassic Park so he’s doing all the moldings and the maquette for the creature. I couldn’t be more excited about working with both of them.”

Will he be doing the score and soundtrack himself, we wondered?  “In terms of the score, that really is the director’s job to help create what it should be,” he says. “The music has to fit the director’s vision. Ramalho has some musical ideas, and I’ll be involved every step of the way all the way through. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m gonna perform it, or write all of it… I mean, I can write a lot of stuff, but I cannot orchestrate it. I do like to write stuff and try to take it to wherever the musical texture of the movie is going to be and figure out how to execute it.”

Sound is so important in a horror film… Has he started to work on the sound design yet? “The Hell Within has the kind of setting with a lot of dynamics. It’s very ominous so the background music for that has to be fitting… it has to be haunting.”  He elaborates, “It has to be melodic, but not so much that it corrupts the film’s presence and darkness. I really have to find the right person to work with in terms of sound design. Score and sound design is the most important thing in a horror movie. You can take a famous horror movie and change its sound, and you’ll end up completely changing the whole dynamic of both the scare and the film. Like imagine Halloween without its score.”

Finally, we asked Slash what horror fans can expect from The Hell Within.  What he says is music to our ears: “What I’m trying to do with SlashFiction [his production company] is create a destination where you can expect a certain thing from the movies under the banner. We want to make really great horror movies. Movies that are scary because of where it’s going. Films which let people use their imaginations because sometimes the less you see, and the more you have to rely on your imagination, the scarier it is. Movies in which you cannot see or predict what’s happening next. Movies that are dark enough or horrific enough to make your skin crawl. That’s what I want people to come looking for.”

As mentioned above, Slash and his current band, SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, are hitting the road later this year. Right now only three dates have been announced, but there are more to come so keep your eyes on SlashOnline.com.

Sep 18 – Oak Ridge Park – Clark, NJ
Sep 1 – Food Truck and Rock Carnival 2015 – Clark, NJ
Oct 3 – Louder Than Life – Louisville, KY

In the meantime head over to The Hell Within FanBacked campaign to learn more and help out.

Our thanks to Slash for his time and to Morgan Ressa for coordinating the interview.

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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Last weekend fans got their first taste of the next Dread Central Presents film, The Lodgers (review); and we’re not done yet! There’s another Dread Central Presents screening TOMORROW, February 22nd, at 7:00 PM at the Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (tickets here); and then the flick will be opening wider the very next day!

To see if the film will be playing near you, click here for a list of cities The Lodgers will be haunting!

Directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, the film made its worldwide premiere at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival and has since won many awards across multiple festivals.

Make sure to follow and “like” Dread Central Presents on Facebook to stay in the know regarding this and upcoming titles!

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In this Gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.

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Exclusive Clip: Primal Rage – Bigfoot Causes Chaos!

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Ever been driving in the woods and see or hear something that you cannot explain? Something so shocking that it makes your skin crawl off of your spine? Yeah, those moments, that usually chalked up to something completely innocuous, can be mucho unsettling. Such is the case with our bloody exclusive clip from the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation, Primal Rage, which illustrates what can happen when you play with your food.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton. You can also catch this one of the big screen as on February 27th, Fathom (tickets here) will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage.

Enough talk! Get your Squatch on!

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Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Set Visit Part 2: Screams and Flames

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[SPOILERS] As mentioned in our earlier set visit story, The Strangers: Prey at Night maintains the same feeling of isolation as the original. Even though a full-fledged production was going on in Gatlin Lake Getaway, it is hard to shake that feeling of being totally alone once wandering away from the set lighting. The dark surround woods start to close in and threaten to swallow any who stray too close to the tree line. Then the silence is broken as a beat-up 1972 Ford Ranger’s engine revs and a scream slices through the night.

Back on the lit street, the familiar looking truck has collided head-on with the side Wagner County Sheriff’s SUV. At the driver’s seat of the Ford is a man sporting a white cloth bag as a mask. The Bagman has returned. His appearance has not changed. The empty sockets of the mask still glare ominously and the painted smile poorly hides the stranger’s murderous intent.

An air of frustration surrounds the Bagman as he attempts to free the truck from the SUV. In vain, the Ford revs and struggles to no avail. Bad news for him, but good news for whomever the Bagman was pursuing. The law enforcement vehicle, with its lights flashing, had been driven by a young woman decked out in a black Ramones t-shirt and blood-splattered jeans. Her hair is jet black. The woman’s skin is streaked with dark blood and open slash wounds. The dark punk eye makeup is running, but the wearer is not.

It is obvious that this woman has been through a lot as she limps from the wreck. The context of her current state is not clear, but the shrieking that emanates from her as she produces a lighter and throws it to the ground under the collided vehicles speaks volumes. It can only be assumed that she has been chased, slashed, and emotionally beaten for hours. The scream is packed with emotions from fear to outright spite and rage. It is so powerful, in fact, that the crew members uttered stunned laudations.

As the gasoline ignites, the flames climb and spread of the mangled metal of the two collided vehicles. The Ford’s engine still violently revs as the Bagman emotionlessly tries to break free. The young woman is slowly backing away, unaware of the chain reaction occurring. The darkness of 1 AM is broken by two giant fireballs that erupt, engulfing the metal mayhem in the middle of the street. The surroundings fall silent, cut is called and the crew erupts in exclamations at the awesome spectacle.

This powerful moment was brought to us by Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The Strangers: Prey at Night was now on its twenty-second day of shooting and only eight more days remained. The cast and crew are well accustomed to their routines and the late night shoots have become second nature. When asked if the constant schedule of night shoots had been difficult, Madison elicited some of the virtues that the darkness has to offer, “There’s something very vulnerable about night shoots. You are emotionally in a different place when you’re awake and rested in the daytime. I think for something traumatic like this, you need to be able to access different emotions; at night you’re a lot more capable.”

At this point in production, Bailee’s character has seen a lot of action. A heavy amount of blood adorns the actor’s arms and a thick clotting mass of the red stuff covers most of her forehead. Keeping track of that damage for continuity from day to day looks like a grueling task, and makeup department head Jodi Byrne dropped some details about the process, “We have continuity photos and we take pictures of Bailee constantly throughout the day … We have to determine which takes are actually going to be used in the film and we move from that point.”

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive..

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