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With Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, long-time TV writer/producer/director Declan O’Brien is making his jump into helming feature films.

Declan O'Brien on Wrong Turn 3

I got my start in the film industry working as an assistant for Bryan Gibson on several of his films,” said O’Brien. “I gained a better understanding of film production from working with him. One day I realized that everyone else was having all the fun so I decided to take the leap into making my own projects.”

For a few years, O’Brien concentrated on creating various TV projects but soon realized he was ready for his shot at making films. Then, 20th Century Fox offered him the chance to step into a horror franchise and direct Wrong Turn 3 for them.

O’Brien said, “Working on Wrong Turn 3 was a lot of fun but I realize that I have a lot to live up to because of Joe’s (Lynch) work on part two. Sometimes horror fans can be unforgiving so I just wanted to make sure I created a film that the fans would enjoy and take the series to a different level.”

According to O’Brien, the first two movies were essentially about beautiful people who were helpless against cannibalistic hillbillies so he wanted to take the story to what he calls “the logical next step” – creating a knock-down fight between the cannibals and those who show up to hunt them down.

My goal was to get an epic ‘Battle Royale’ on screen,” said O’Brien. In terms of what horror fans can expect for Wrong Turn 3, the one thing O’Brien would reveal is that Three Finger is back again since he’s everyone’s favorite villain.

O’Brien had no issues with getting the Eastern European country of Bulgaria act as a convincing substitute for the state of West Virginia.

Bulgaria is a beautiful place and their countryside definitely was perfect for the rural setting we needed,” O’Brien tells Dread. “There is one river sequence in Wrong Turn 3 that is so breathtaking to watch. It’s one of my favorite shots of the entire movie.

For Wrong Turn 3, the movie takes place in ‘real time,’ which presented some unique challenges for the first-time feature director and his crew.

According to O’Brien, “Because of wanting that real time aspect though, we had a brutal shoot. Most of the film takes place at night and there is a very limited amount of darkness when shooting in the summertime in Bulgaria so we had to be precise with our shooting schedule.”

Even though he has now worked with cannibals on Wrong Turn 3, it’s not really monsters or creatures that scares O’Brien- what gets under his skin is the average people around him.

What scares me now is the banality of evil and I want to explore that idea in my future films,” says O’Brien. “There is this ‘normal’ veneer that lurks in suburbia so I tend to find something like an average next-door neighbor really frightening because you never know what goes on behind their closed doors.

O’Brien’s plans include working on the reinterpretation of Roger Corman’s The Little Shop of Horrors.

O’Brien said, “I want to take the story to a darker place than the previous versions took it. I mean, if someone is going to do this story again, why do it in the style that was already successfully achieved? I hope to take the story to a completely different level and explore the dark themes beyond the musical everyone already is familiar with.”

After The Little Shop of Horrors, O’Brien is looking to continue working within the horror genre.

I want to work on some intellectual horror projects soon. As a filmmaker, the idea of toying with the id of someone’s brain is really exciting,” We do too.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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