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Director Brian Pulido didn’t have to look much farther than practically his own backyard when he was seeking inspiration for his next horror project. He found that the state of Arizona provided the right landscape to create a chilling supernatural journey with his telling of The Graves.

The story of The Graves is a mélange of things that interest me,” explained Pulido. “I like to visit weird kitschy places in Arizona, and we found this place called Vulture Mines. It just stuck with me. I immediately thought this would be a great location for a movie, so it inspired me to write The Graves. Instead of six or seven twenty-year-olds, I was more interested in telling a story of these two sisters, which seemed to be a little different than what we’ve seen recently for horror film trends,” Pulido added.

Brian Pulido Discusses The Graves

Since Pulido was responsible for both writing and directing The Graves, I asked him to give us a little insight into his pair of protagonists and what we can expect to see happen to them in the film.

Pulido said, “Meg and Abby Graves see themselves as monster slayers of sorts. They’re looking for trouble; you could even say they’re attracted to it. Beyond the monsters and the supernatural, we also have one sister on a journey to step outside of the shadow of the other, so it’s also about women finding their power. Kind of like Buffy meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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It turns out, though, Vulture Mines wasn’t nearly the perfect shooting location as Pulido first imagined. While the abandoned mining town provided a visually stunning palate to film against, it also meant that the production requirements would be excessive to say the very least.

We shot The Graves in May, 2008, and we were on location for over two weeks,” discussed Pulido. “It was a great looking location but very difficult to shoot. We had no water, no power, and we couldn’t bring in any heavy trucks either. So we had to bring in a generator and seven Winnebagos for production and figure out how to ferry in water to the set.

Since Vulture Mines is known as a creepy and isolated tourist stop in Arizona, I asked the director if there were any weird instances while they were making the film. Not only did some of the crew have a few supernatural run-ins, some of the locals voiced their opinion about The Graves production shooting in the area.

Pulido said, “We had several weird things happen on set. Our art department had several experiences with paranormal entities that just could not be explained otherwise while they’d be prepping the set during the very early or very late hours. Ten miles north of us there was a giant meth lab, and about ten miles south there was an active cult. It was pretty surreal.

One day, we had someone show up on set with a shotgun. Then the next day we get there, and someone had written ‘Get Out!’ in mud and stage blood. I guess someone was trying to tell us something,” Pulido added.

The cast of The Graves is a pretty even mix of both new and legendary genre talent so I wanted to hear from Pulido what his strategy was with casting his project.

Exclusive Stills: After Dark's The Graves (click for larger image)

The producers were very aggressive in going after everyone we wanted because I knew for The Graves to work as a good horror film, I needed solid performances from my actors,” explained Pulido. “I wanted to make sure we got what I like to call ‘the DeNiro and Hoffman of Horror’: Bill Moseley and Tony Todd. The benefit of working with actors of that caliber is that you can give them space to really flesh out their characters, and both were amazing to work with.

Clare Grant and Jillian Murray (who play Megan and Abby) are just getting known in the industry but are phenomenal actresses. We never had them read together before they signed on either — we just knew there’d be great chemistry between them but wanted to still allow them to demonstrate a distance between their characters. They turned out to be wonderful storytellers. They’ll go far in the industry,” Pulido added.

Final One-sheet - The GravesThe Graves was one of the first names announced to be picked up for After Dark’s 2010 Horrorfest 4 film festival. While Horrorfest has a reputation of being a bit uneven in the past, Pulido believes that this year’s roster demonstrates that After Dark is finally finding its footing as a prestigious horror film festival.

Pulido said, “Getting picked up by After Dark was perfect because they were our number one choice so we are very lucky. I’ve worked with After Dark before, and it’s clear to me that they are learning more and more every year. Now After Dark is getting discerning with its film choices and is working at promoting diversity within the horror genre. Their marketing is nothing short of brilliant. I am so ecstatic to be a part of this year’s lineup of films,” Pulido enthused.

With The Graves set to debut at the end of this month, I asked Pulido about whether or not horror fans would have the opportunity to see the Graves sisters take on more monsters in future films.

If The Graves performs well, we’ve already discussed the possibility of a sequel. We even have a basic outline and have talked to the cast members who would return about the possibility of a sequel as well. It all depends on how audiences receive the film,” Pulido said.


Our thanks to Brian Pulido (visit his official website here) for taking the time speak with us. Be sure to check out The Graves, as well as the other seven films “to die for”, during After Dark’s Horrorfest 4, which runs January 29th-February 4th.

Heather Wixson

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
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Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
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6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
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Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
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Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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