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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood on DVDIn celebration of the reissues of Friday the 13th Parts 7 & 8, Dread Central was part of an exclusive roundtable luncheon with Part 7 director John Carl Buechler, actor Kane Hodder, special features producer Daniel Farrands, Jason Takes Manhattan actor Vincent Craig Dupree, and special features assistant Andrew Kasch.

The New Blood and Jason Takes Manhattan mark the last two Jason Voorhees entries with Paramount Pictures so giving both films a proper reissue was important to everyone at the studio and for those who either worked on the films twenty years ago or worked on putting together the special features over the last several months.

One thing that has always plagued me with this particular movie in post production was the compromises we had to make,” explained Buechler. “For me, that has everything to do with me as a director especially since I have a background with effects. We had so many ratings board issues at that time.

The edits to The New Blood are almost legendary. Fans have waited a long time to see the kills that Buechler was forced to practically eliminate in part seven, and for the special edition the missing scenes were finally located and are included on the DVD release.

Buechler said, “I think horror is like telling a joke – you have the anticipation and then the payoff. The payoff in horror is the kill with the big juicy effects shot at the end. We kept submitting The New Blood to the ratings board, and it got to the point where we had pretty much castrated the punch lines (the kills) in the film just to get the film released.

I am pretty proud of the film, especially the fact that we had a subplot of the telekinetic girl kicking Jason’s butt. No one had been able to take on Jason until then. I wanted the movie to have a more dynamic version of Jason that hadn’t really been seen before. Now that we’ve just revisited The New Blood, I still think the film works. It’s a lot of fun,” Buechler added.

One reason I was excited that they were going to reissue parts 7 and 8 was that there was the opportunity to get missing footage,” explained Hodder. “The fans always ask me about that footage, and I think for fans it’s cool to see what we did, especially with the head squeeze. The New Blood has five decent kills that you really missed out on when the movie first came out.

I never understood why the board made the cuts to begin with because the kills were so over-the-top. In theaters, when you have the crazy, the audience cheers because it’s so fun. That’s what horror should be – fun,” added Hodder.

One fact that a lot of horror fans may not be aware of is that Hodder (whom many fans deem “the only real Jason”) almost didn’t make the cut as Jason.

I had to fight to keep Kane,” said Buechler. “The studio said he wasn’t big enough. I needed Jason to be more unique and a larger character than he had been in previous films – a living, breathing makeup effect. This is why Kane’s size didn’t concern me. You don’t really subtract anything when creating those kinds of effects; you add to the person so I knew Kane would end up being larger than life when we were done creating Jason for The New Blood.

Another fact that a lot of horror fans might not be aware of is the fact that The New Blood very well could be one of the fastest horror films ever produced. According to Buechler he had his deal completed in January. On March 8th the principal photography wrapped, and The New Blood hit theaters on May 15th.

Despite having a marathon production schedule, the director never really felt a lot of pressure, and he discussed why he made sure that his crew on The New Blood never felt that pressure either.

One night alone I did 72 set-ups. The crew rarely complains on my films because I am really good at planning and I don’t like to beat them up. I think you get a lot more out of a cast and crew when you are good to them,” Buechler said.

The director added, “For me, making a movie happens more on paper before I even step on a stage because I like to be able to communicate my plans very clearly. I very rarely ever change schedules. I always like to keep a relaxed environment. The stunt/special effects elements were really the only thing that ever stressed us out, but you can’t avoid that on any set.

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan on DVDFor Jason Takes Manhattan both Hodder and Dupree looked fondly back on their epic rooftop fight in New York.

The rooftop scene has one of those kills that people mention to me all the time other than the sleeping bag kill in part seven. A fan was even able to tell me how many times Julius punched Jason – 66 times. I went back, and honestly, it’s hard to count so I was impressed someone took the time to figure it out,” said Hodder.

I have a lot of love for the rooftop scene because I was one of the only black guys to make it that far in a horror film,” explained Dupree. “I really had to box Jason in that scene, too. Kane had padding on the stomach so the swelling of my knuckles came from hitting the mask. I was pretty sore after we finished.

What’s funny is that there were all these people in the apartment buildings adjacent to where we were filming our scene. The director would have to tell all those people to get down during every take. But when we were done, it was cool to see the reactions from all of them,” Dupree added.

One of the most amazing things for me was being in Times Square as Jason in full costume,” said Hodder. “There were hundreds of people being held back by barriers, and they were amazingly excited that we were there filming a Friday the 13th movie. I made sure I never got out of costume just so I could keep up the mystery.

As an avid fan of the Friday the 13th series, working on the special features for parts 7 & 8 was extremely important to Farrands (who previously did special features on parts 4-6), especially since he knew what the fans were looking for in the special features.

I feel like working on these reissues was like being in Raiders of the Lost Ark and finding the vault,” Farrands explained. “Andrew and I were the ones digging through all the boxes looking at every single piece of footage we could get our hands on. Any time we wanted something, Paramount was great about having it delivered to us. They were completely behind us giving the fans everything they wanted to see.”

With part 7, there was only one box so anything we found is on the DVD. We were lucky we were able to get our hands on the tapes of the missing scenes because the film itself is nowhere to be found,” added Farrands.

One thing fans will notice with The New Blood is the fact that unfortunately, due to technological limitations, the found missing footage is definitely of an inferior quality when compared to the film itself.

Kasch explained the quality by saying, “35 mm film is restorable, but if we have to work from VHS masters of footage, they just can’t be restored.

Now with the Paramount DVD reissues series completed, what can fans expect from the upcoming Blu-ray releases?

Farrands said, “We haven’t officially discussed the Blu-rays from parts four through eight yet, but there will be room to put more stuff from the other films that we have access to. There have been no talks about restoring things any further for the Blu-ray just yet, but we are excited to put the new Blu-ray releases together when it’s time.

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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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