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Exclusive: Rob Zombie Talks Halloween 2, Myers, and Unlikely HeroesToday I sat down with Rob Zombie to get to the bottom of a few things pertaining to his upcoming film “>Halloween 2. What direction has the series taken, what’s up with the characters, what’s up with Michael’s look, who is this teased “unlikely hero”, and most of all will this be his last outing in Haddonfield? Read on for the goods.

“The first one had a lot of … baggage? I guess that’s the word? Whereas this one had none,” Zombie tells Dread Central. “I could have done whatever I wanted with the first one, and I guess I did to a point, but I felt that since it was technically a remake that there are some important things that you need to take into account. If you change it too much it’s weird, if you don’t change it enough it’s weird, so you get kind of trapped in that bizarre remake zone that movies fall into. What’s great about following up your own movie is now it’s all new. The thought of past Halloweens hasn’t even entered any of our minds.”

“What was difficult with the last one was that Laurie Strode and all those characters were characters as envisioned by John Carpenter, and I … just like everyone else, that’s how they came into my brain, so that’s how everyone saw them,” Zombie continues. “So as much as you want to change them, you still sort of see them that way. But now enough time has passed that I really don’t see them that way anymore. Laurie and all these characters are now totally different and have absolutely no relation to what came before, and for that reason I think that they are about a million times more interesting.

From here we got to shooting the shit about Michael himself and the many changes the character has gone through both personally and aesthetically.

“Tyler is ten times bigger than he was in the first movie. He’s probably packed on about fifty pounds of muscle for this film. Michael Myers is funny, because that’s the character that nobody wants to see change. They always want him to be and look the same,” says Zombie. Exclusive: Rob Zombie Talks Halloween 2, Myers, and Unlikely Heroes“For me one of the main things that interests me about making Halloween is making that character change. When approaching this film I was like, well, where did Michael go? Did he disappear into the shadows like a ghost and then suddenly reappear? What I thought would be cool and kind of scary would be if he were like right out there in plain sight and no one notices him anymore because he just looks like a homeless bum. When you see pictures of him it looks odd, but within the context of the film it makes perfect sense. It’s interesting because that happens sometimes. I mean you see these homeless people, and you’re like — who are they? They could be fuckin’ serial killers for all you know. Maniacs. But you don’t pay any attention to them. Michael is just living on the fringe of society.”

“My Michael Myers is a totally different Michael Myers, so the rules of what has come before don’t really apply to what I am trying to do with him,” Zombie continues. “I love the fact that he’s big and physical and brutal. He’s like a bull in a china shop. He’s totally calm until that moment that his brain snaps and he’s just beyond vicious. He’s much more brutal this time around. Michael’s insane. I’ve always played him as if he is completely insane. He lives in a different reality than the rest of the world does. What he sees and hears and does has no basis in normalcy. In this movie I just wanted to mess a bit with the way that he perceives the world. What he sees has no reality to it.”

At this point the conversation moved to the synopsis that the Weinsteins had put out earlier in the week. Allow me to reiterate it for ya: “It’s that time of year again, and Michael Myers has returned home to sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois to take care of some unfinished family business. Unleashing a trail of terror that only horror master Rob Zombie can, Myers will stop at nothing to bring closure to the secrets of his twisted past. But the town’s got an unlikely new hero, if they can only stay alive long enough to stop the unstoppable.”

Who is the unlikely hero? Weird Al? Uncle Coffins? The Skunk Ape from Corpses? Rob’s reaction to this was pretty fucking hysterical.

“I have no idea who this unlikely hero is. I haven’t read their synopsis. I don’t even know if it’s correct. Shit. I don’t know!” Rob laughs. “Truthfully I don’t even know what they could be hinting at.”

With that it was time to wrap things up. Was this the end for Zombie’s stint in Haddonfield? He already said he wouldn’t be back after the remake. What about after the sequel?

“This is the last one for me. It’s the last one for all of us. I said that after the first one too because I was just mega-burnt out and I just didn’t want to deal with it anymore, but sequels are nice when you can get in there and expand and complete your original ideas,” Zombie continues. “When this one was over, we all kind of walked away from it feeling that we established something with the first one, and in this second one we really expanded upon it, and got to go somewhere with it kind of like we did in Devil’s Rejects. This movie is to the first Halloween what Devil’s Rejects was to House of 1000 Corpses. The same way that I thought House of 1000 corpses was more cartoony and Rejects was more real, I feel that the Halloween remake was more cartoony and this one is more gritty and real. Halloween the remake was more like me at odds with someone else’s world. Whereas this is one hundred percent my thing. The way that the characters act, dress, move, talk, walk, everything, it’s all me. This is a much darker, dirtier, nastier, and more psychotic world. After this there’s nothing more we can do. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be more, there just won’t be more involving me.”

There you have it, kids! Hope that clears a few things up for ya! Look for Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 in theatres August 28th!

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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