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Exclusive: Anthony DiBlasi Talks Dread and What You Will See on DVDIt’s an often heard story when you work in the film industry that it can take just one moment to change your life completely. Such is the case for writer/director/producer Anthony DiBlasi.

After only one meeting he took with visionary horror writer/director/artist Clive Barker, he found himself immediately employed with one of the most legendary voices in the genre. Their longstanding collaborations would lead to DiBlasi helming his first feature film, Dread (review here), which is part of After Dark’s HorrorFest 4 film festival that kicked off this weekend.

DiBlasi said, “I met with Clive and everything just clicked. When I left that day and was walking out of the building, I came to the realization that I just had probably the most important meeting of my life. We’re both artists so we were speaking the same language practically.

Clive is a very specific brand of horror – it’s very sexual, and he taps into a lot of different senses. We both share the goal to create very personal horror stories and exploring taboo subject matter. We have the same twisted sensibilities so adapting his work comes naturally to me,” DiBlasi added.

Over several years DiBlasi worked on adapting Barker’s work that had been purchased by several large studios. It was during that time he realized that none of the properties were really ever going to go anywhere, let alone in a way that would honor Barker’s source material.

Although DiBlasi originally worked on adapting Barker’s short story Dread for a major studio, when that didn’t come to fruition, he decided to continue adapting the story into a feature-length script on his own terms.

From there, the rest was history.

Dread was the quickest turnaround I’ve ever had,” explained DiBlasi. “It was one year from when I started the script until when the film was completed. Since I had been a producer on the project when it was still at a major studio, I knew the material very well. I think that was key in everything moving so fast because I always knew what I wanted Dread to be.

DiBlasi ended up shooting a 104-page script for Dread in just 28 days. When DiBlasi completed his first cut of the film, it clocked in at a whopping two hours and 40 minutes. After the director went back and honed his vision, Dread was down to a much more manageable 94 minutes.

DiBlasi said, “It was easy for me to cut the film down so much because I’ve been working on the producing side for so long. As a producer, I don’t really hold onto anything as precious so when I am editing, I just have to keep the end in sight. You can’t be self-indulgent when you’re trying to tell a story.

With Dread we’re going to have some of my favorite deleted scenes on the DVD. It’s nice to be able to put two- to three-minute scenes on it just because you love them, even if they don’t work for the overall movie. That’s the best part of cutting an hour out of your movie – you get to give that to fans in an entirely different medium than just a feature film,” DiBlasi added.

I asked the director to discuss if there was anything he filmed for Dread that wouldn’t even make it to the DVD release. Turns out, there is one scene DiBlasi won’t be releasing for fans.

Dread (click for larger image)There was one scene that I really loved that isn’t in the movie and won’t be on the DVD,” explained DiBlasi. “It was with Laura Donnelly, who plays Abby in Dread. Her character does something to herself when she’s at a breaking point in the film where she’s been really hurt but is still defiant about it. Her character is always closed off and covered up, so she decides to go to this rock club in a skimpy dress, gets wasted, takes pills, and let’s guys grope at her. After she comes back from that, she realizes she feels even worse about herself so she decides to hurt herself.

It’s a very character driven moment, but in a genre film, I don’t think people will miss it. The scene was in the very last draft of the script and the edit of the movie until the very last moment, but I decided to go ahead and cut it out. In the test screening version it caused some confusion so I knew it was best to just edit it out altogether for the sake of the overall story,” DiBlasi added.

With all that being said, I wanted to find out from DiBlasi how faithful he was to Barker’s source material. The director spoke about some of the changes he made to flesh out the short story more for the film version.

What I’ve altered the most is the lead character, Stephen Grace (played by Jackson Rathbone),” explained DiBlasi. “I changed his dread from what it was in the book and gave his to a secondary character. I just didn’t want the end of the short story to be the end of the movie. It wasn’t the story I wanted to tell.

In my opinion the film version of Dread is very faithful to what Clive wrote. If you read the short story before you go see the movie, you will see that I’ve kept much of the core story in the movie but created characters, too, that weren’t originally included to create a richer story for the big screen,” DiBlasi added.

Generally speaking, if you are into horror films, you have an idea of what scares or frightens you. What I asked DiBlasi to talk about was where dread comes from and how it differs from the idea of fear.

DiBlasi said, “The longer you wait to face your fear, that’s the definition of dread. For example, in the movie there is a girl who is afraid of meat so she ends up locked in a room for days with just a piece of meat in front of her. What was what was so smart on Clive’s part is that with the definition of dread, it’s not just about her eating the piece of meat. It’s when she’s locked away for five or six days with just that piece of meat, and when it comes time to actually eat the meat because she has to stay alive, it’s rotted and covered with maggots.”

“So now the physical aspect of her dread has now manifested and she realizes her life is in danger. No one is holding a gun to her head or threatening to chop her into pieces to eat that meat, but she knows her very life depends on it,” DiBlasi added.

With any adaptation of literature, especially someone whose storytelling is as vivid as Barker’s, fans are generally nervous when it comes time for the story to take the leap from the pages of a book to the big screen. DiBlasi was quick to ease the fans’ fears for his adaptation of Dread.

I knew when I tackled the adaptation that Clive has a very rabid fan base so I knew that people will either love or hate what I’ve done,” explained DiBlasi. “There are only two people I go out trying to please when I am doing a project – and that’s me and that’s Clive. If Clive’s happy at the end of the day, then I feel like I’ve done my job.

I always knew what kind of movie I wanted to make with Dread and that’s exactly the movie I made. The most important thing Clive has ever taught me was to do whatever the hell I want, and I am very happy with the way everything turned out,” DiBlasi added.

Dread is in theatres right now. This is one flick you should make it your business to see.

Heather Wixson

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Inoperable starring Danielle Harris Gets New Poster and Limited December Release Date

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Last year we here at Dread Central premiered the trailer for the upcoming Danielle Harris hospital horror flick Inoperable from director Christopher Lawrence Chapman.

Today we have the film’s all-new poster and news that the film will finally be hitting select theaters on December 1st.

I just watched the trailer again myself and I have to say I am really looking forward to the film. I dig the location, the hurricane aspect, the psychological horror of the situation and the whole she-bang.

Count me to check out the film as soon as it hits Blu-ray and/or VOD (hopefully) within the new year. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

What do you think of the trailer and new poster for Inoperable? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Miller. The film stars Danielle Harris, Katie Keene, and Isabella Sofia Menna.

Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps handled the film’s makeup effects, with David Henson Greathouse (Syfy’s “FaceOff”) supervising, and he, Barry Aslinger, and Beki Ingram handling the bulk of the effects. Philip Jessen is unit production manager, Ashley Eberbach is first assistant director, and Bobby Marinelli is production designer.

Inoperable hits select theaters December 1st.

Synopsis:

A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever.

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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”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
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:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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