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Patrick Cavanaugh talks TransylmaniaRecently Dread Central scribe Heather Wixson caught up with actor Patrick Cavanaugh to get the scoop on Transylmania and to maybe nibble a bit on the other white meat.


Heather Wixson: What can you tell us about your character, Pete?

Patrick Cavanaugh: Well, I consider Pete a lovable loser. He is a typical college dude who would rather drink and get high than go to class. He loves to hang out with his buddy Wang and basically see how much trouble they can get into.

HW: What was it like working on the set of Transylmania? The trailers look hilarious so I was wondering if you had just as much fun making the movie as it looks like it was to shoot?

PC: We had an absolute BLAST making this movie. I mean, first of all, we got to spend seven weeks in a far off land, making a movie … There is nothing wrong with that! Romania was beautiful, VERY cold at points, but such a wonderful country. I can’t think of a better way to spend my life, getting paid to make movies in exotic locations!!

HW: Do you think it’s hard to balance between the world of horror (when you start to play with genre-type stereotypes like this) and the world of comedy, or do the two work hand in hand?

PC: I really do think they go hand in hand. I mean, you have to suspend your disbelief, whether as an actor or an audience member, to go on the journey of almost all comedies and horror movies. I don’t know about you, but I have never met a thousand-year-old vampire nor have I ever tried to reattach the head of my girlfriend to her dismembered body. They are both usually a heightened sense of reality.

HW: There were some great horror spoofs in the past like Young Frankenstein, Transylvania 6-5000 and Once Bitten. Did you watch any of those for inspiration before shooting Transylmania, and are/were you a fan of those types of films?

PC: I love, love, love Young Frankenstein. I think it’s the best movie of the horror spoof genre. Gene Wilder is a pure genius and Mel Brooks ain’t no slouch either. I have seen that movie many times over and absolutely used it for inspiration!

HW: You’ve been working on a critically acclaimed TV series now for a while. Is it hard to transition back and forth from “Mad Men” to doing feature film work?

PC: I wouldn’t say that it’s hard; it’s what I have dreamt about for many years. To be able to get to jump back and forth between something fun and over the top like TRANSYLMANIA and something so subtle and artistic as MAD MEN. I always gravitated towards comedy as a kid, but as I have gotten older and worked more, I really have grown to respect the nuances that the great dramatic actors bring to their work. It’s something I strive to get better at with each role.

HW: Would you consider yourself a horror fan? If so, are there horror films you really enjoy?

PC: I like horror, but I usually end up laughing at myself because I sit there scared shitless the entire time. I gravitate towards suspenseful thrillers such as SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE SIXTH SENSE, or SEVEN. I am curious to see the new Freddy movie. I think Jackie Earle Haley will be awesome!

HW: I saw that the character of Pete was also used in Dorm Daze. Is this a spinoff of Dorm Daze then, or is it a continuation?

PC: I guess you could call it a type of spinoff. Scott and David Hillenbrand really liked a few of the characters from the DORM DAZE series and decided to do a “bigger” movie with them. And also toss in some new people as well.

HW: Now, you also worked with the Hillenbrands for Dorm Daze. Was it just as much fun teaming up with them again for Transylmania?

PC: Oh, absolutely. This is actually the fourth film I have done with the Hillenbrands, and I think it gets better each time. There’s a trust and comfort that develops from that. We have a great working relationship, and I know I can trust them to guide me in the right direction each time. They are also open to suggestions, which as an actor gives you the freedom to try things a different way.

HW: What is coming up next for you?

PC: I just wrapped an indie comedy called BRAND DEAD, so I am waiting to see what happens with that. Also I have recorded voices for two different Disney pilots, so hopefully one, if not both, of them gets picked up for series in 2010.


Big thanks to Patrick for taking time out of his busy schedule for this interview and to Cynthia Raza for her assistance in setting it up.

Heather Wixson

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Will Stephen King’s THE LONG WALK Make a Good Movie?

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I often ask friends and family what Stephen King book they would like to see adapted for the big screen and 9/10 times they always answer The Long Walk. True story.

I have yet to read the book myself, which was published under King’s famous pseudonym Richard Bachman, but it is always high on my must-read list.

And I’d better get to it sooner rather than later as today we have word via THR that the book is being adapted into a film from screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, White House Down).

Vanderbilt will produce with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak and Mythology Entertainment’s Tracey Nyberg will executive produce for New Line Cinema.

Do you think Stephen King’s The Long Walk will make a good movie? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

First published in 1979, Long Walk is set in a future dystopian America ruled by an authoritarian. The country holds an annual walking contest in which 100 teens must journey, non-stop and under strict rules, until only one of them is still standing alive to receive the prize. The story told of a 16-year-old walker named Raymond Garraty and the teens — some good, some bad, some mysterious — in his orbit.

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While it’s nothing to really write home about, Netflix just announced all of their horror titles set to hit the streaming giant this May, including Cargo starring Martin Freeman.

On top of that title, other flicks and shows hitting this May include Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Scream 2, The Reaping, DesolationKong: King of the Apes: Season 2, and the first season of their new zombie-horror series The Rain.

You can check out the full list below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know which titles YOU are looking forward to checking out the most this May in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

May 1

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  • The Reaping

May 4

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May 8

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Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately searches for a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

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We’ve also heard that Autonomous FX will be doing special effects, makeup, and demon design. The company has worked on such films as Sinister, I Spit On Your Grave, Stan Against Evil, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and more. However, they will not be doing the actor’s makeup, which is being handled by a different department.

Elsewhere, Variety learned that the film is being handled by Universal’s non-theatrical division Universal 1440 Entertainment, which suggests the film is either going straight-to-video or it could go to a streaming platform, such as Netflix.

Doom will begin filming in the near future in Bulgaria.

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