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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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Mill Creek Celebrates Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror in February

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Mill Creek Entertainment is kicking off the new year with a couple of collections that have nothing but giving you the shivers on their agenda!  Read on for the details of both Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror!

Shadow Stalkers – February 6, 2018

Let the nightmares begin with this freaky film collection filled with creepy clowns, masked killers, and maniacal murderers.

Out of the Dark – 1988 – R – Karen Black, Bud Cort
Happy Birthday to Me – 1981 – R – Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford
Eyes of Laura Mars – 1978 – R – Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif
Don’t Answer the Phone – 1980 – R – James Westmoreland, Nicholas Worth
Nightmare in Wax – 1969 – R – Cameron Mitchell, Anne Helm, Scott Brady
Bloody Pit of Horror – 1965 – R – Mickey Hargitay
Silent Night, Bloody Night – 1972 – R – Patrick O’Neal, Mary Woronov, John Carradine
Funeral Home – 1980 – R – Barry Morse, Kay Hawtry
Don’t Open Till Christmas – 1984 – R – Edmund Purdom, Belinda Mayne
The Driller Killer – 1979 – R – Abel Ferrara

100 Years of Horror – February 6, 2018

Hosted by Christopher Lee, 100 Years of Horror is the first show of its kind ever produced; it chronicles the history of movie horror from the earliest experimental chillers through the unforgettable golden age of movie monsters and on through today’s terrifying fright films.

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Falling Water Returns to USA Network in January; New Teaser Unveiled!

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We learned way back in April that “Falling Water” had been renewed for a second season on the USA Network, but since then things have been rather quiet. Now, finally, the Season 2 premiere date has been revealed along with a new teaser video, which you can see above.

From the Press Release:
An intersection between reality and unconscious thought, “FALLING WATER” explores the story of three unrelated people who realize they can affect the waking world from inside their dreams, but they aren’t the only ones with this ability. Together they seek to eradicate factions that use dreaming for nefarious purposes.

From USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, the series returns on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 10/9c.

Season 2 picks up with Taka (Will Yun Lee, “Hawaii 5-0”), Tess (Lizzie Brochere, “American Horror Story: Asylum”), and Burton (David Ajala, Fast & Furious 6) struggling to protect themselves and their loved ones against an unknown entity that manipulates nightmares, bringing chaos and death into the waking world. The fate of the humanity rests with these gifted dreamers.

“FALLING WATER” is executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) of Valhalla Entertainment, Richard Rothstein, and Tim Andrew (“Teen Wolf”). Rémi Aubuchon (“Falling Skies”) joins as showrunner and executive producer.

Catch up on Season 1 of “FALLING WATER” on Amazon.

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Danny Trejo FINALLY Gives Update on Machete Kills Again… in Space!

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Back in 2010, director Robert Rodriguez unleashed Machete, his cheesy action extravaganza starring Danny Trejo as a Mexican vigilante seeking revenge on those who had double-crossed him. Based on a “fake” trailer promoted during Grindhouse, the film managed to attract an all-star cast consisting of Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, and Robert De Niro.

Having fared decently at the box office, a sequel, Machete Kills, was released in 2013. Sporting another unbelievable cast with Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Demian Bichir, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, and Lady Gaga… Machete Kills was a riot! My personal opinion: I love Machete, but the sequel scores a few higher points in my book; watching the film on the big screen was one of my all-time favorite theatre-going experiences.

Attached at the opening and end of the film was a teaser for the supposedly upcoming film Machete Kills Again… in Space. This trailer took the cheese factor to the next level, promising the return of Lady Gaga while insinuating that Justin Bieber would star as Bleep, an obvious spoof of Star Wars‘ C-3PO. Also featured was none other than Leonardo DiCaprio! Touted as the Man in the Silver Mask, DiCaprio would supposedly take over the role previously played by Mel Gibson (although this bit of casting notice includes the subtext: “actor subject to change”… hopefully not!!!)

It’s been over four years since we were treated with this trailer and Machete Kills Again… in Space hasn’t graced our screens yet. But according to Danny Trejo, there is still hope!

While promoting Dead Again in Tombstone in a recent Facebook Live Q&A, the From Dusk Till Dawn actor revealed, “We’re waiting. I’ve already talked to Robert [Rodriguez]. He says, ‘Yeah, I’m putting it together. Let’s start writing it.’ So I talked to Mel Gibson. I said, ‘Mel, hey, come on, let’s talk. Let’s do Machete Kills in Space.’ Mel goes, ‘I’m in. I’m ready. Tell Robert.’ So we’re gonna do it.”

Better hurry up! With the recent influx in all things Star Wars, there is simply no better time to send up that material than now.

News of the film has been slim since April 2015, when Trejo implied that shooting would begin later that year. In the time since, Rodriguez has become busy with the launch of his El Rey Network, as well as the upcoming film Alita: Battle Angel; not to mention, a number of projects lined up including a remake of Escape from New York… but here’s to hoping he still plans on sending Machete into space! And soon!

Back in 2015, Michelle Rodriguez was also quizzed about the film’s future, stating: “Just out of knowing Robert, I’m sure that if it was insinuated, that possibility looms. I don’t know when. But for sure. I think that he would not leave that door open if he didn’t plan on using it.”

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