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Exclusive Interview with Vis Vitalis – Director of Something to Save You

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I recently had the pleasure of viewing the Russian horror short Something to Save You (official website) and found it be marvelous. It’s currently seeking a distributor so expect to hear more about it in the future.

I also had the chance to ask director Vis Vitalis a few questions about the film.

DC: It must have been a nightmare filming in all that freezing snow!?

VV: Yes, sir! It was one of the most difficult shoots of my life! The same for the whole crew: night, cold, far from the city, with a limited budget. It was a challenge and we overcame it! The house where we shot the last scene and the scene with the fire had been empty since fall. Fall and negative temperature in Russia start in the end of September. The night when we were shooting the scene in the cold house (I wanted the vapor to be seen from their mouths), the temperature went down to -22F. During our last day of shooting (the scene with zombies in the yard), a snowstorm started. That’s why, to be honest, we couldn’t finish some scenes with the zombies. At the end of the day it could have been remarkable but the camera just shut down and the batteries ran out. Well, now I understand them difficulties Inarritu had while filming The Revenant.

DC: Do you think of this as being, first and foremost, a love story?

VV: Sure thing! Zombies in my movie are just a symbol of the world hostility that surrounds us. In its own way, every couple in love are in a cold house in the middle of a night, infested with zombies, in a figurative sense. And only love can save them. When my friends ask me ironically if I had filmed a zombie movie, I tell them I haven’t. I just had made a movie about people.

DC: And the chemistry between the two leads was great. Did they take to it naturally?

VV: Masha Bayeva and Pyotr Matushkov are amazing young actors. They met on the stage of this movie for the first time and acted it as if they were lovers indeed. All I can do is just to applaud their great job! They were wonderful!

DC: And in addition to writing and directing, you also worked on the cinematography?

VV: Yes, I did. I did all the storyboard work as well as stage work, and partially I worked with the lights too. And of course I was the editor!

DC: And, without spoiling it, the ending comes as a shock. Was that your intention all along?

VV: I love unexpected endings. I like it when the ending can answer all the questions people have had while watching the movie. The viewer has to be surprised and shocked! I like it when a movie can cause sincere feelings, when people feel compassion for the main characters. But the ending is the most important: It has to set everything in order, and, sorry for being repetitive, it has to be as unexpected as possible. That’s what I love in movies and I tried to make my film like that!

DC: What are you currently working on?

VV: In February of this year I made another, much shorter movie which is called The Balloon. And it’s not a zombie movie! It’s a thriller. It has it all too. It has everything that I like: atmosphere, good music, suspense, and an unexpected ending. The movie is dedicated to the Coen brothers and, frankly speaking, was made under their influence. And I say it proudly! They are some of my favourite directors. The Balloon and Something to Scare You are getting ready to be submitted to a number of festivals. Wish me good luck!

I’m also looking for an opportunity to work with other cinematographers, and I’d like to make a new movie outside of Russia. I’ll be glad to consider any collaboration offers.

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A Demon Within Is Coming Next Year; Exclusive Trailer Premiere

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We just scored you cats a look at the trailer for A Demon Within, which you’ll be able to dig on once it hits select theaters and VOD on January 12, 2018, via Blue Fox Entertainment. Blue Fox holds the worldwide rights and is currently selling the film internationally.

Charlene Amoia, Julia Larsen, Clint Hummel, Jeremy Miller, Patricia Ashley, Michael Ehlers, and Cole Crawford star in the film from directors Ayush Banker and Justin LaReau.

Synopsis:
In 1914 Crestwick, a demonic spirit named Nefas surfaced to prey on a family, which ended with the death of an innocent young girl. The mysterious events haunted the Midwestern community for years. Now, decades later, a skeptical doctor must stop history from repeating itself by confronting his personal demons and fighting to save the life of a teenage girl who has become possessed in his family’s old house.

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Better Watch Out for This Shudder-Exclusive Clip

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Currently on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and Shudder is the dark horror-comedy Better Watch Out (review), and to kick off your week while keeping you in the holiday spirit, we have an exclusive clip for you to stuff in your stocking!

The critically acclaimed horror-comedy Better Watch Out debuted on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Holiday cheer and Home Alone get a decidedly dark spin when a babysitter must protect her charges from a terrifying home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), Better Watch Out stars Olivia Dejonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic, and Dacre Montgomery with Patrick Warburton Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen. Bonus materials include a making-of featurette and a special insert holiday card.

Better Watch Out has a runtime of approximately 89 minutes and is rated R for disturbing violent content, language throughout, crude sexual references, drug and alcohol use – all involving teens.

Synopsis:
This holiday season you may be home, but you’re not alone… In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.

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An Exclusive Clip Rises for The Rizen

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The government, man! You just never know what on earth they’re gonna be pulling next! One second they’re pardoning turkeys, and the next – BAM – they friggin’ unleash The Rizen.

Laura Swift (The Snowman), Sally Phillips (the Bridget Jones series), Bruce Payne (Warlock III, Passenger 57), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Tom Goodman Hill (Everest), and The Young Ones’ Adrian Edmondson all star in writer-director Matt Mitchell’s action-horror The Rizen, invading VOD on January 2nd from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Synopsis:
The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They have finally succeeded, but what they have unleashed could tear our world apart. Now one woman must lead the only other two survivors past faceless horrors that threaten to kill or capture them at every turn. They are the only ones left who can fight to close a door that should never have been opened.

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