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Ron Perlman on Mutant Chronicles, Bubba Nosferatu, and Keeping BusyIn his 28 years in film and television, it would be somewhat of an understatement to say that actor Ron Perlman has enjoyed a vast career. He’s a Golden Globe-winning actor that has worked in almost every aspect of the genre entertainment spectrum, and his latest project, Mutant Chronicles, is no exception.

“>Mutant Chronicles (review), directed by “>Simon Hunter, takes place in 2707 with the world ruled by several different corporations at war with each other. During these wars the corporations unwittingly release deadly necromutants that look to destroy the entire human race. Perlman’s character, Brother Samuel, takes it upon himself unlock the Chronicles that can help defeat the mutants and save the world.

Perlman said, “When I read the script for Mutant Chronicles, I immediately recognized that it took a very smart approach in looking at just how powerful corporations have become. I think there’s no time like the present to examine the power that they wield in our world, and it’s almost realistic that corporations could become more powerful than the idea of nations.”

Even though Perlman said Mutant Chronicles was by far the most green screen work he’s ever done, working with Hunter on the project eased the difficulties in trying to perform in pieced-together sets.

“Simon (Hunter) had drawn out all these worlds for us so we could get a good sense of our environments. Even though making the movie in that kind of environment presented some challenges, Simon was so great at making sure everything about the film just clicked,” discussed Perlman.

While working on Mutant Chronicles, Perlman befriended co-star Thomas Jane, who was gearing up for his first directing project, the 3-D flick The Dark Country (which is set for a late 2009 release).

“Thomas (Jane) has a highly articulated sensibility about tone and dark themes,” said Perlman. “I just knew that working on this film was going to be interesting since the movie takes place in a secluded desert and there are some seriously strange things going on.”

Perlman added, “The Dark Country really reminded me of something Stephen King would come up with, and Tom was so well prepared to work on this film so it was just a pleasure to be there to help him out for the few days I was there to shoot my scenes.”

The Mutant ChroniclesWhile Perlman has wrapped up work on several projects recently, that doesn’t mean he’s resting on his laurels. One of the projects he was recently attached to is the highly anticipated Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, which is the prequel/follow-up to the Don Coscarelli cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep. For Bubba Nosferatu Perlman will be stepping into the shoes of Elvis since this time around Bruce Campbell has opted to not play the part of The King.

“I have to say that one day randomly getting an email from Paul Giamatti (who plays Colonel Tom Parker) asking you to play Elvis, well, it was one of the best surprises. It’s just something you don’t turn down,” said Perlman. “I immediately went back and watched the first film just so I could immerse myself in this genius world Don (Coscarelli) created, and I am really looking forward to when we start shooting, which should hopefully be late this fall.”

When he’s not appearing in countless films, Perlman finds the time to star in the F/X series Sons of Anarchy about the dramatic lives of those involved in an outlaw motorcycle gang hell-bent on protecting their interests from other nefarious forces. Perlman stars as Clay, one of the leaders of the club who may have darker motives than he leads on.

Perlman discussed the series, saying, “Sons of Anarchy was nowhere on my radar in terms of projects to work on. It’s like it just fell out of the ether and right into my lap. The quality of the writing on the show is amazing, and it’s such a wonderful challenge for me as an actor to be on this show. It certainly doesn’t escape me how rare it is to get to work on a show of this caliber.”

Even though he has a lot of roles ahead of him, Perlman is the first to realize that it takes a sensible approach in order to balance working in Hollywood.

“My career has taught me over the years that I just have to take it one project at a time. When I start filming season two, that’s all I will be doing for the next five months. When we wrap there, then I move on. But I just don’t have the energy to juggle work,” Perlman explained.

One project that isn’t on Perlman’s immediate radar is Hellboy 3, which would be years off if director Guillermo del Toro helms the next installment (del Toro is currently working on back-to-back Hobbit films).

Even if Perlman has to wait a few years to step back into the role of “Red,” he knows that he’s had an amazing ride so far and only has the future to look towards.

“I spent so many years being busy trying to stay in the game so it’s only as of late that I realize just how blessed I have been in my career,” said Perlman. “I am so appreciative for the amount of opportunities I have been given. It’s been nothing short of spectacular.”

Mutant Chronicles is now available on HDNet Ultra VOD and will be playing theatrically starting April 24th.

Heather Wixson

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review



Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis

Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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