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Lance Herniksen on Near Dark, Screamers 2 & more!Throughout his illustrious career, legendary Lance Henriksen has played everything from an android to a ruthless vampire leader to a mourning father who turns to the supernatural for revenge to an ex-FBI agent who becomes a serial killer profiler with a secret group working against the prophecies of an impending apocalypse.

In the recent Sony Home Pictures release of “>Screamers: The Hunting (review), Henriksen plays Orsow, the reclusive scientist responsible for creating the screamer androids who annihilated the human race in the original Screamers film in 1995. Henriksen was a huge fan of the original film so it felt like a perfect fit to step into the sequel.

During a recent chat the living legend, Henriksen discussed his view of the character, “I saw the character of Orsow as this lonely guy who was so isolated because of his work. Because of that isolation, he went a bit crazy and lost control over his work. What I love is how so many science-fiction stories really are morality plays when you think about it. Like the idea of smoking to prevent radioactive damage in the future. It’s almost mind-blowing to me.

“We filmed in Newfoundland for a couple of weeks and so much of that landscape lent itself to the cold and futuristic nature of the project. It was a perfect location for me to work in, especially since Orsow was victim of such a lonely environment,” Henriksen added.

Henriksen has had the good fortune throughout his almost 40-year-career to have kept some amazing company; especially director James Cameron who has been a long-time friend and force in Henriksen’s career. It’s been a long-reported story that Cameron even created his Terminator film with Henriksen in mind- however, it turns out that the story has gotten twisted throughout the years.

“Jim had the idea for Terminator but really needed someone else to help him sell the script,” Henriksen clarified. “It’s true he used my face for a painting he rendered of the Terminator character but I was never going to be the Terminator.”

Henriksen added, “When it was time for Jim to go to his meeting to pitch the film, he asked me to dress up in jeans and a jacket with sunglasses and kick the door open on the meeting and just stand there to show them what this character could be, but I was never under consideration for that role.”

One role that was written specifically for Henriksen was Frank Black, the lead character on the Chris Carter penned TV Show “Millennium”. “Millennium” ran on FOX from 1996-1999 and explored the dark worlds of serial killers and apocalyptic conspiracies leading up to the year 2000.

“‘Millennium’ was definitely a show before its time,” he commented. “I always thought it was funny that grown men would come up to me on the street and tell me how much that show actually scared them.

Lance Henriksen talks Screamers 2, Near Dark & More!“I never even watched the show until the DVD box sets came out. I knew that some of the episodes we did on “Millennium” were brilliant but I never realized just how much until I sat down and watched them for myself. We made some big strides in doing exceptional work for network television. I am still so proud of everything that show was,”

While not a solid reality, the possibility of a “Millennium” film is still feasible, “I really think a movie would wield a lot of power. I know it’s something that fans and all of us who worked on the show would really love to do because of the possibilities about getting that story up on the big screen. On TV, everything is so sanitized so getting to do Frank’s story on the big screen would be amazing for me. And I know it’s something Chris (Carter) has always wanted to do.”

In the recent wave of remakes that has hit the horror industry, one title has been through the rumor mill over the last several years is Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire cult classic Near Dark. In the original Near Dark, Henriksen played Jesse, the ruthless leader of a band of vampire transients and the man has very strong convictions on what worked about the original and what should happen if there is a new film.

“The minute I heard about them doing something new with Near Dark, I called up Bill (Paxton- who also stars in the film) and we talked about how the first thing these people should be doing is talking to us,” he explained,. “I personally think that if they are going to go back to this story, they should do a prequel on the family to see all of their exploits before the original film.”

Henriksen added, “The reason the original Near Dark worked was because of Kathryn’s talent. She is a painter so what she did on that film with the color palette and the style was so subtle that it would be hard to do what she did in 1987 any justice. That film just worked on every level.”

Although Henriksen got his start in the theaters of New York, he knows that he found his home being in front of the camera. “I love the intimacy of film- when you’re on a movie screen like that, you are allowing people to be up close to your character. Theatre taught me how to act but movies taught me about the adventure of life,”

Unlike most actors, Lance appreciates the wide variety of character he’s had a chance to play over the years, “I’ve been lucky throughout my long career that I’ve really enjoyed running the gamut of film genres- westerns, horror, dramas, sci-fi films, you name it. My life has really been one big beautiful wave and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.”

Screamers: The Hunting is currently available on DVD; hit the links below to get one for yourself!.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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