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Axelle Carolyn Talks Horror, Acting, Writing, and Journalism (click for larger image)I first became acquainted with Axelle Carolyn when she authored an article in Fangoria magazine and I was struck by her unusual name. At first I thought she had just flipped her names (I wasn’t aware at the time that “Axelle” is a Belgian/French female given name) and was really Carolyn Axelle. But as time went by and I actually worked with Axelle on several projects (and discovered that “Axelle” is a real girl’s name), I became one of her biggest fans. She has done it all – respected journalist, talented actor, stunning model, and now she is a published horror fiction author. I want to be her when I grow up.

Strangely, for all the collaborations she and I have worked on, I have never spoken to her. Everything via e-mail or messaging. The same now with my first in-depth interview with the Queen of Horror wherein we discuss her career, what she dreams of doing down the road and her story in the anthology Dark Delicacies III – Haunted. This lady pull no punches with her story, “Resurrection Man”, and I would be disappointed if she did.


DC: Hello, Axelle, and thank you so much for taking time to chat with Dread Central. I know you are and continue to be very influential to women who want to break into the horror genre, whether as a journalist, author or actor. But let’s back up a bit and talk about you. Axelle Carolyn. You were born in Belgium – Brussels, I assume? And your father is a university professor who specializes in New World/Meso-American artifacts. You have two brothers and a sister and studied International Law and Politics. Not a major one would immediately apply to a horror fan. Were you originally planning to be a barrister/solicitor/attorney (whatever a lawyer is called in Belgium)?

AC: I always wanted to work in movies in some capacity, but since it didn’t look like a realistic career choice in Brussels, Belgium, my parents wanted me to study something more traditional, something I could fall back on. So I studied Law, and for a moment I dreamed of working for the UN, so I kept studying for a couple of years. But then as soon as I got a chance to start working in the film industry, I left my diplomas aside and seized the opportunity…

DC: I have read several interviews you have done, and it seems that you were bitten by the horror bug when you discovered your father’s collection of Jean Ray books (n.b. Jean Ray was a mid-20th Century Belgian writer of mysteries and speculative fiction with titles like Ghouls in My Grave, The Horrifying Presence and Other Tales and The Island of Terror) and then, Stephen King. Film-wise, it was David Cronenberg’s The Fly and Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator. Were your brothers also fans, and what did your parents think of your new obsession? Also, how OLD were you when the bug hit?

AC: I was probably 8 or 9 when I discovered those books. Before that, I’d already shown a strong interest in all things spooky – like most kids, I guess – and was fascinated by ghosts and skeletons. My brothers are both movie fans, but not necessarily horror, although my brother Carl does go to the Brussels Festival with me every year. My parents didn’t worry too much, at least as long as I wasn’t watching inappropriate movies – which included pretty much any horror movie until I was about 16. I did sneak out once in a while to watch a film they’d forbidden, but on the whole I was happy to stick to books until then, or just watch Tim Burton films for example.

DC: You got your first break in horror at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2004 when you approached Johnny Butane and Ryan Rotten and asked if you could assist them. Prior to this momentous event, you have said you had been going to the festival for years. What was the allure of the festival, and again, were your parents concerned about their daughter being caught up in all this… weirdness (that’s how my parents referred to it anyway)?

AC: I’d been going to that festival since I was 16, and one year I just asked Ryan and Johnny, whom I knew through the Creature-Corner message boards, if they wanted me to write a festival report. It’s Ryan who suggested I get a press pass and interview a few directors. If anyone has the chance to visit the festival (it’s in April), I really recommend it. The audience is very vocal, and if they’re enjoying the film, their reactions make the experience much more intense. They gasp and laugh and scream in all the right places. If the movie’s bad, on the other hand… well, it can have hilarious results.

DC: Your first interview was with director Stuart Gordon, and then things seemed to explode for you – meeting director Brian Yuzna and being an extra in his film Beneath Still Waters (2005), being asked to cover the film for Fangoria, and then you’re suddenly in Prague, on the set of Hostel. At any time, did you think “this is insane! This sort of good luck just doesn’t happen to people!”? And “I guess there goes the career in law”?

AC: The thing you can’t really see when you look back now is that all of this happened over the course of several months, and there was no way to tell at the time if it would lead on to anything else. So even if I was excited to visit my first set and write for Fango, it all seemed like nice, isolated incidents at the time.

DC: What sort of training did you need to become a horror journalist? I get that question a lot and wonder how you answer it. I’m SURE there are plenty of readers who would KILL to get to do what we do.

AC: Well, for one thing, being able to spell helps a great deal! Other than that, I think I got so used to doing research and writing essays when I was at university that a set report or a film review didn’t seem too daunting to write. But mostly, you have to see as many movies as possible, know as much as you can about the genre. And be completely familiar with the magazines and websites you want to work for: know their style, what subjects they cover, what they may be interested in.

DC: You have interviewed EVERYONE I can think of in the horror genre. Is there someone you have NOT interviewed that would be your dream?

AC: No, I’ve happily left interviews behind. Which of course doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t love to hang out with Stephen King or Tim Burton some day. I had a brief chat with Tim Burton recently at an awards ceremony, and it was one of those few times where I got completely star-struck. I was such a huge fan when I was a teenager.

DC: Obviously, when you interviewed Neil Marshall for The Descent? Or was it Dog Soldiers? … you had NO idea where THAT was going to take you. Refresh the horror romantics among us about how you met Neil and when you both realized this was turning into more than just an interview?

AC: It was The Descent, though we’d met very briefly years before at a screening of Dog Soldiers. I didn’t see him for a good couple of months after the interview… At the time, Neil was living in Carlisle, 6 hours away from London. So our first few months were mostly getting to know each other through emails.

DC: And your wedding. I remember the stunning pictures you posted after having the sort of wedding we horror chicks can only dream of – ON Halloween with a masked ball reception and you actually were married in a castle (Edinburgh Castle). Just briefly, for the ladies reading this, how did the whole wedding come together? Halloween, that’s a no-brainer. But the Castle, the reception, your gorgeous dress and honeymooning at Loch Ness…doesn’t get much better.

AC: Thanks! The truth of the matter is… I don’t like weddings. I hate the whole hoopla around it – all I cared about was actually being married, so I would have been happy to ditch the whole reception thing. But we thought it would be great to have all the people we love around us… so instead of a typical wedding, we decided to make it a big Halloween party.

DC: It seems that after your marriage is when your acting career began to take off – some cameos in Neil’s Doomsday, several short films. Did you have any idea that you wanted to be an actor? How did all of that come about, and do you ever miss the anonymity of writing?

AC: It all happened thanks to (or because of?) Doomsday. I got to do a couple of cameos when I was on set, and while I was touring the US and Europe with Neil to promote the movie, journalists often asked me a few questions about the make-ups I was wearing or my experience on set. So I thought, mmh, maybe I could use this somehow… I did a couple of short films and started taking acting lessons, and I loved it. It went pretty fast from there.

Axelle Carolyn Talks Horror, Acting, Writing, and Journalism (click for larger image)DC: Actually, while your acting career was taking off, your first book, It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millenium, was published by Telos (and anyone reading this who does NOT have a copy – you REALLY need to order one! Excellent reference book for early 21st Century horror.). You had been a horror journalist almost exclusively up until this point – how did it feel to have your first book published at the same time you were getting your acting career off the ground?

AC: I’d actually been doing quite a few things in addition to journalism by that point. I got a script optioned, I worked as a freelance script reader and as a film publicist, and did a few other odd jobs in the industry. I guess you could say I was trying to find my way. I hadn’t really started acting professionally when I started writing the book, but I had already decided I would quit journalism, so the book was meant as a swan song to that part of my life.

DC: What has been the most enjoyable aspect of acting for you after years of being a writer? And would you ever return to writing full-time or is acting it?

AC: Working as a journalist was frustrating, in that I would write about what other people were doing while what I really wanted was to create something myself. I didn’t want to be an observer, as awesome as the job was. So for me, being on a set where I was an essential element of the shoot rather than a visitor was bliss. Also, as a writer, you can feel a bit isolated sometimes. As an actor, you’re constantly surrounded with people. Acting and writing appeal to different parts of my personality, and they complement each other nicely.

DC: For the uninitiated reading this, would you mind summarizing the films you have done to date and any anecdotes from any of those shoots (I know working with Leslie Simpson HAD to be hilarious)?

AC: Besides lots of shorts, and a part in The Descent 2 that didn’t make final cut, I’ve got three great features coming up next year. Straw Man, from director Andrew Barker, is the one you’re referring to, with Leslie Simpson. It’s a post-apocalyptic drama we shot in the midst of the coldest winter in the past 15 years. There were no heaters on set and we were freezing to death in skimpy clothes in the snow. And on the last day, both Les and I had to walk into the sea! But the crew took such good care of me, it turned out to be a great experience. I’d love to work with those guys again! There’s also Vivid, a thriller with Charisma Carpenter. And last but not least, I played a Pict warrior called Aeron in Neil’s new film Centurion. I got to shoot arrows, fight with an axe, and ride the best horse I’d ever seen, a gorgeous black stallion who happens to belong to Sting!

DC: This question goes more with being a journalist, but there really aren’t all that many LEGITIMATE female horror journalists today. Why do you think that is and what advice would you give to a young woman wanting to break into the horror genre as a writer?

AC: To be honest, I never thought of myself as a female writer or a female horror fan. I’ve very rarely, if ever, felt discriminated against, so it’s not something I’ve ever really given much thought. Actually, whenever someone was surprised to meet a chick who worked for Fangoria and knew what she was talking about, it worked in my favor because it made me stand out. It’s only since I got married to a horror director that I encounter people who think I’m into horror because of my husband and can’t seem to believe that a woman could come to like these films without the influence of a man. That gets on my nerves sometimes, but it’s nothing dramatic.

DC: What is next for Axelle Carolyn? You have a short story, “Resurrection Man”, coming soon in Dark Delicacies III – Haunted. What was the genesis of the story and how exciting was it for you to have it accepted by Dark Delicacies?

AC: I’d read the first two volumes, and one day when I was at the store in LA, Del Howison mentioned working on a third one, so I asked him if I could submit something (it’s by invitation only). Surprisingly, he said yes. Until then, I’d written very little fiction, and the couple of stories I’d written were gathering dust in a drawer somewhere, so I thought there was little chance. But I gave it a try anyway; it was too good an opportunity. If nothing else, I’d get some feedback on my writing, since no one had ever read any of my fiction. I had an idea for a story and wrote it just in time to make the deadline.

DC: How did you come to be included among such horror luminaries as Richard Christian Matheson, Simon Clark, Gary A. Braunbeck, David Morrell, Chuck Palahniuk in Dark Delicacies III? And how did you react when you got the word you WERE in?

Axelle Carolyn Talks Horror, Acting, Writing, and Journalism (click for larger image)AC: I was over the moon! Del and his co-editor Jeff know so much about horror; they know everyone and have read everything. I mean, look at the quality of the stories in the first two volumes! Just getting those words from Del, “keep writing”, was amazing. Needless to say, I’ve been following his advice. It was the best encouragement I could have had.

DC: Did you write “Resurrection Man” specifically for DDIII or did you have several completed stories to choose from?

AC: I wrote it with the deadline in mind, but the story idea came from a very different source. Last year in July I moved to a different side of London, much closer to the center and closer to all the historical parts of the city, like the East End. So I started reading books about what I guess you could call the dark history of London: the Great Plague, the fire of 1666, the witch hunts, the construction of the great Victorian graveyards… And I decided to write short stories inspired by that. The first one was Resurrection Man, which is the name people of the 19th Century used to give to grave robbers.

DC: How much research did you do in order to write the story? Any books you might recommend for readers curious about 18th Century anatomists or grave robbers?

AC: I did read quite a few books. The best ones were probably Necropolis: London and It’s Dead by Catharine Arnold, and Digging Up The Dead by Druin Burch. I also read a book about the history of freak shows, called Freaks.

DC: What is the genesis of “Resurrection Man”? A subject that fascinated you either from the viewpoint of the doctor or the carnival folk (and were there REALLY that many freak shows in 18th Century England?)?

AC: It was just the combination of several historical anecdotes I’d read in those books. Everything, at least up to the finale, is as historically accurate as I could make it.

DC: Do you have other short stories that are ready to be published? Would you be open to having them collected into one volume now, or would you prefer to see them published in various genre magazines or anthologies first?

AC: I will have another short story called “Arise”! in an anthology called Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, edited by J. Travis Gordon. This one’s about the plague… And I have one about Jack the Ripper that I recently sent out to a couple of magazines.

DC: And what is next for you in the acting arena? Is there a dream part you would drop everything to play? Or an actor you would walk over hot coals to work with?

AC: I’m attached to several projects which are still looking for financing right now or will be shooting later in the year. There are plenty of actors I’d love to work with, from Jeffrey Combs to Robert Downey Jr. A dream part would be pretty much anything directed by David Cronenberg or Paul Verhoeven. Or in a different genre, Woody Allen…

DC: There has been SO much discussion on message boards, Facebook, MySpace, everywhere lately about the state of horror: remakes/re-imaginings, PG-13, CGI-overload, Spanish and French horror blowing US and UK horror out of the water, J-horror and K-horror being overexposed, torture porn. As an actor married to a genre director as well as being a respected horror journalist, what is your opinion on the current horror trends from your different viewpoints?

AC: I think it’s brilliant that horror can take so many different forms. In French, the word “horreur” refers almost solely to gore films and slashers, and for everything else, there’s “fantastique”, which covers everything from gore to ghosts to fantasy. I like that term. It’s more representative of the variety the genre can offer. Personally, my favorite sub-genre is ghost stories. But you can find brilliant movies in every sub-division.

DC: Of the recent crop of films (past couple of years), have there been any that just blew you away? And what would you like to see an end to in the horror genre?

AC: I loved The Orphanage, as you can probably tell from the cover of my book. There’s been quite a few great Spanish horror films lately; REC is another one. In the past couple of years, I’d also list A l’Interieur [Inside], even if I hated it the first time I watched it! As for film trends I’d like to see end, I’d say zombies… Although I’m looking forward to REC 2, and I’m attached to a 3-D Nazi zombie film shooting early next year which has a great script!

DC: I have read that you don’t have much time for reading horror fiction, but have there been any recent authors or books that you REALLY want to read or you found the time and the book was amazing? I find it distressing that horror literature is not getting the “press” on the websites that the films are getting. Horror DID begin as literature…

AC: I don’t get to read half as much as I’d like to, and it’s a shame. I enjoy reading as much as I do watching movies these days. Books have an ability to tap into the darkest places of your mind, to stimulate your imagination, that films just don’t seem to have. I read a lot of non-fiction, for research and for fun… I’d love to read more of Dan Simmons’ books; I recently read Drood and Summer of Night and loved them. I’m also delighted to hear that Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre is going to be turned into a film; I loved it. And fellow DDIII contributor Mick Garris has written a wonderful novel, Development Hell, which I very strongly recommend.

DC: Is there anything I have not asked you that you want to add?

AC: I think we’ve pretty much covered it all!

DC: My infamous question EVERYONE gets: What is one thing no one knows about Axelle Carolyn that you think they should know?

AC: I get obsessed with the most random things. Right now it’s London history, but past interests over the years have included the space race, soccer, US presidents, Disney animation, Ancient Egypt… and I even once spent six months learning German, just because I liked the way it sounded. But horror is the one thing that has always been there.

DC: Thank you so much for your time, Axelle. And I know I speak for many when I say “break a leg” with your acting career!

Elaine Lamkin

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Horror Movies to Be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

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After you’ve gorged on your Thanksgiving feast and the L-tryptophan is kicking in, you’re probably thinking about parking your carcass on the couch and watching movie after movie. But not just any movie – this is a holiday, so naturally you want to celebrate on-topic and gobble some gore.

We’ve got you covered with this curated list of choices from a 25-item menu of Native American-themed thrillers and chillers.

Death Curse of Tartu (1966)

A group of students on an archaeology assignment in the Everglades decide to throw a dance party one night. The spot they choose happens to be the burial site of an ancient Seminole shaman named Tartu. He returns from the dead to take his revenge on those who desecrated his grave site.


Stanley (1972)

A Seminole Vietnam vet (Chris Robinson) goes on the warpath when a leather goods merchant (Alex Rocco) tries to grab his pet snake Stanley to turn him into a belt. A William Grefe cult classic!


Hex (1973)

Set on the Nebraska prairie in the immediate aftermath of World War I, the story follows the spiritual clash between the daughters of a recently deceased shaman and a gang of ex-aviators. Christina Raines, Scott Glenn and Keith Carradine star in this largely unknown, bizarre body-count thriller.


Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

A Canadian Indian (Jan-Michael Vincent) and a newswoman (Marilyn Hassett) join his grandfather (Chief Dan George) on a tribal walk among evil spirits.


The Manitou (1978)

A psychic (Tony Curtis) recruits a witch doctor (Michael Ansara) to get a 400-year-old Indian medicine man off his girlfriend’s (Susan Strasberg) back…. literally. The demonic Native American spirit is a tumor trying to reincarnate.


Prophecy (1979)

When a dispute occurs between a logging operation and a nearby Native American tribe, Dr. Robert Verne (Robert Foxworth) and his wife, Maggie (Talia Shire), are sent in to mediate. Chief John Hawks (Armand Assante) becomes enraged when Robert captures a bear cub for testing, but he’s not as angry as the mutant grizzly mom! George Clutesi plays an Original Person who believes the monster is the personification of the god Katahdin and is there to protect the land.


Nightwing (1979)

A policeman (Nick Mancuso), his girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold) and a scientist (David Warner) track vampire bats on a Maski tribe reservation. Abner Tasupi (George Clutesi) is the shaman who helps them.


Wolfen (1981)

A New York cop (Albert Finney) investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks. His hunt leads him to Native American high worker Eddie Holt (Edward James Olmos) to see if there’s any connection between the killings and old myths and legends from the area. Finney’s character refers to as “the Crazy Horse of the Seventies… the only one of our local militants left alive who’s not making money off of Levi’s commercials.”


Scalps (1983)

Hapless college science students go on a dig around a sacred burial ground for artifacts. Unfortunately, one of them becomes possessed by the evil spirit of Black Claw… and that means only one thing: Now he must slaughter all of his friends.


Eyes of Fire (1983)

Almost lynched in 1750, a preacher (Dennis Lipscomb) leads his followers (Guy Boyd, Rebecca Stanley) west to a valley whose dirt holds a devil of Indian origin.


Firestarter (1984)

Pyrokinetic protagonist Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore) is in trouble when an evil Native American named Rainbird (George C. Scott) wants to kill her because he is convinced her death would give him special power to take to the mystical other world of his ancestors.


Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces are not over. Whoops, looks like it’s another haunted Native American resting place!


Creepshow 2 (1987)

In the anthology film’s first vignette, “Old Chief Wood’nhead,” thugs who terrorize small-store grocers played by Dorothy Lamour and George Kennedy are attacked in kind by the general store’s wooden Indian.


Pet Sematary (1989)

After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family…but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle into a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery – built on an ancient Indian burial ground.


Ravenous (1999)

Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) is sent to investigate reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman, F.W. Colghoun (Robert Carlyle), who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide — a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue… and who’s developed a taste for human flesh.


Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his Native American friend Mani (Mark Dascosos) of the Micmac tribe are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.


The Wendigo (2001)

Director Larry Fessenden movie uses the Native American Wendigo legend to tell an eerie and hallucinogenic tale about a family trapped in the woods with a dark force.


“Masters of Horror: Deer Woman” (2005)

A burned-out cop believes that a recent string of murders prove that the killer might be a deer-like creature in the form of a beautiful woman (Cinthia Moura) come to life from a local Native American folklore legend.


Skinwalkers (2006)

A 12-year-old boy and his mother become the targets of two warring werewolf packs, each with different intentions and motives. Based on the folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.


The Burrowers (2008)

A search party – played by Clancy Brown, William Mapother and Doug Hutchison – sets out to find and recover a family of settlers that has mysteriously vanished from their home. Expecting the offenders to be a band of fierce natives, the group prepares for a routine battle. But they soon discover that the real enemy stalks them from below.


The Dead Can’t Dance (2010)

Three Native Americans discover they are immune to a zombie virus in this whacky indie comedy.


Savaged (2013)

After thugs brutalize a deaf-mute woman (Amanda Adrienne), the spirit of an Apache warrior takes over her lifeless body and sets out on a bloodthirsty quest for revenge.


Volcano Zombies (2014)

Danny Trejo as a Native American who warns campers about the legendary and very angry lava-laden “volcano zombies.”


The Darkness (2016)

Peter Taylor (Kevin Bacon), his wife and their two children return to Los Angeles after a fun-filled vacation to the Grand Canyon. Strange events soon start to plague the family, and the Taylors learn that Michael brought back some mysterious rocks that he discovered inside an ancient Native American cave.


Mohawk

Mohawk (2017)

After one of her tribe sets an American soldiers’ camp ablaze, a young female Mohawk finds herself pursued by a ruthless band of renegades bent on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods, Mohawk youths Oak and Calvin confront the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt and his soldiers. As the Americans seem to close in from all sides, the trio must summon every resource both real and supernatural as the brutal attack escalates. Mohawk is a dark, political drama with horror undertones. “While set 203 years ago, Mohawk is unfortunately a timeless story,” says director Ted Geoghegan. “It’s about marginalized people being decimated simply because they exist and scared white men who fail to realize that their racism and bigotry will place them on the wrong side of history.

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Paul Feig On Why His Ghostbusters Reboot Failed

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It’s pretty obvious at this point that director Paul Feig’s reboot of Ivan Reitman’s classic horror-comedy Ghostbusters wasn’t the success anyone was looking for.

Not fans. Not the studio. And certainly not Feig.

The director of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot recently spoke with Cinema Blend about the film and made a few comments about why he believes the film wasn’t the smashing success it should have been.

“I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause,” Feig told the site. “I think for some of our audience, they were like, ‘What the fuck? We don’t wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a fuckin’ movie.’ … It was a great regret in my life that the movie didn’t do better, ’cause I really loved it. It’s not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people.”

Meh. Could be, Feig. That or the film was just not funny or spooky enough to satisfy new or old fans. It was too middle ground and we all know how those kinds of films go over.

That said, I didn’t hate the reboot.

I thought Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon were delightful and I’ll take more Slimer however I can get him. But as always, I just wish there had been more of him. Sigh.

What do you make of Feig’s comments on his Ghostbusters film? Do you think it was “the cause” that keep the reboot from being a smash hit? Let us know in the comments below!

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Synopsis:

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

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First Plot Details on Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate Movie

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When we first heard about the upcoming ninth film by Quentin Tarantino, it came with the rumor that the film would be centered around the recently deceased Charles Manson.

Tarantino then debunked the rumor saying the film was not about Manson but about the year 1969 in general. Whatever that means.

Today we (might) have a better idea of just what he meant by that as a recent article by Vanity Fair may have just revealed the plot of Tarantino’s mysterious film.

The site’s synopsis reads:

Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.

Stunt double?

And just like that I could give a sh*t about the whole “is it, or isn’t it about Manson?” debate and now all I want to know is “will the film be, or not be about Stuntman Mike and/or his older brother Stuntman Bob?”

Am I joking? Maybe. But this is Tarantino after all. And the man loves building up his own connected universe of films and characters so… you never know…

How excited are you for Tarantino’s new movie? Does this plot sound correct to you? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Tarantino’s ninth film is expected to start shooting in LA this June.

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