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There are very few directors who would be ballsy enough these days to put three young actors alone, stranded on a ski lift, and think that would work as an entertaining horror movie. This is what makes the upcoming Frozen and its director, Adam Green, that much more remarkable in terms of producing original genre films.

Green was willing to gamble on the performances of some relatively young talent – Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, and Kevin Zegers – to help lengthen his track record of successful projects. His gamble paid off. Now, with Frozen set to debut during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Dread Central thought this would be a great opportunity to talk with the trio of actors about the intricacies of filming Frozen.

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When I originally heard the initial concept of Frozen (three twentysomethings trapped on a ski lift), I thought there’s no way this is going to different,” said Zegers, who plays Dan in the film. “But I was completely shocked when I really read the script. My main issue with the genre these days is that there’s a lot of recycled bullshit out there so it was a dream come true to get to be a part of a project with some originality.”

For Bell, it was a combination of a great script and the opportunity to work alongside both Ashmore and Zegers that attracted her to Frozen. The newcomer, who plays Dan’s love interest Parker, explained her enthusiasm, “Frozen really was one of the best scripts that I had read in a long time. Plus, I was so excited for Frozen just because I got to work with some really talented guys, too, and I knew this would be a great challenge for me as an actress.

I guess that excitement distracted me from the reality of what the shoot was going to be because it didn’t really hit me until we got up on that mountain,” Bell joked.

The mountain Bell speaks of is located in Utah, so it’s rather appropriate that the film will enjoy its premiere during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, which is held in Park City, about 35 miles from where Frozen was filmed. That area in Utah, famous for its ski resorts and powdery slopes, provided an appropriately snowy (and frigid) landscape for Bell, Ashmore, and Zegers to tap into the terror of freezing to death some 50 feet above the ground.

This shoot would have been impossible to do in a studio,” explained Ashmore who portrays Dan’s best friend Lynch. “Being outside and shooting Frozen for real adds a whole new dimension when you get to see the film.

We were miserable sitting there, and I think that adds to the authenticity of the movie. Being in those conditions was almost like a gift; we needed to embrace the experience so that we could do the best job possible for Adam and for the story he wrote,” Ashmore added.

Bell chimed in on the harsh conditions she and the guys endured while filming Frozen in early 2009, “The first few days of the Frozen shoot were a wake-up call for me. I specifically remember just how bad it was on the second night shoot we had. Shawn had to speak, and he couldn’t. We were all so cold that we could barely move our lips, and he could hardly get his lines out.

I just had to keep reminding myself that no matter what pain I was feeling, I had to buck up and keep going. There was no backing out,” added Bell.

Although Zegers relished the challenges of the Frozen shoot, he’s the first to admit that there was nothing glamorous about the conditions they endured stuck on a ski lift chair in blustery conditions for hours on end.

Zegers said, “There is no illusion about Frozen being a fun shoot. For me, the fun is in the challenge. I love taking risks. When you’re up there, you have to do your job, and that’s that. You don’t get that usual coddling that comes with working on a normal set. We had no fluff, no bullshit when we were shooting, and I loved that.”

Ashmore is no stranger to playing characters stranded in extreme situations. Prior to Frozen, he starred in The Ruins, which left the actor stuck on top of some deadly Mayan ruins in Mexico.

So how much did Ashmore rely on his experience with The Ruins for Frozen? Turns out, not as much as you might think.

Frozen is completely opposite of The Ruins,” Ashmore explained. “This project was an opportunity to get to really develop a character. I love horror movies so it’s rare that you get to not only work on one, but work on one where you get to stretch as an actor.

Adam knew exactly what he wanted from our performances. There were so many ways this movie could have gone, but he always knew what worked best for the story. There were moments where Adam would have tears in his eyes after a take because he was so affected, and that’s just unique,” Ashmore added.

The trio credits the harsh weather conditions as one of the reasons they were able to put their everything into the emotional portrayals of three doomed snowboarders. After all, for the film to be effectively terrifying and engaging, everything was riding on their shoulders to deliver top notch performances.

The concept of Frozen means that there’s no wiggle room in your performance,” explained Zegers. “There are no gimmicks here, and you can’t even be the slightest bit cheesy with your delivery. The drama is inside the characters, and we all had to dig deep to flesh out our characters.

Zegers added, “The biggest challenge as an actor is keeping the audience engaged until the shit hits the fan; then you have to make sure you can keep them going along for the entire ride. If you don’t give a great performance, you’ll lose them before the credits start rolling, and I hope we’ve done that with Frozen.

So, will Frozen deliver a chilling trip into the depths of terror? Fans will be able to find out for themselves when it is released in theaters on February 5th.

Heather Wixson

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez

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One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki

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We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.

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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD

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VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!

Synopsis:

A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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