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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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Want a LEGO Godzilla Set? Here’s Your Chance!

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The longest-running franchises in cinema history, the Godzilla films have created a cultural icon in the form of the titular beast. Simply hearing its roar or seeing its silhouette is enough to let us know precisely what we’re looking at. Having ventured out of cinema and forayed into TV shows, comic books, video games, and countless merchandise options, Godzilla still hasn’t managed to break into one of the world’s most popular toy company: LEGO. However, that might change if BRICK_101 has their say via LEGO Ideas, where they submitted a design based on the 1954 original film!

Here’s the description from the site:
This model contains approximately 850 LEGO pieces, stands 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and measures 17 inches (44 cm) from head to tail. Godzilla has had many different designs over the years, but we based ours on the original 1954 movie. The arms, legs, jaw, and tail are hinged to allow the model to be posed in a variety of positions. In addition to Godzilla, the set also includes a small microscale train for Godzilla to stomp on or chomp on and a flame piece to represent Godzilla’s atomic breath.

The website allows people to submit their own ideas (such as this Call of Cthulhu set) and then allow the public to vote on whether or not they want to see it get made. Should the idea get 10,000 votes, it then gets moved up the ladder within LEGO’s headquarters and a decision is made to see if they want to make an official set.

So, if you want to see LEGO make an official Godzilla set, click on the link above and cast your vote!

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#Brainwaves Episode 78 Guest Announcement: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini

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The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all. Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

Join us this coming Wednesday, February 21st, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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Supernatural Irish Horror Beyond the Woods Hits Home Video and VOD This February

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Supernatural Irish horror Beyond the Woods makes its way to DVD and VOD from Left Films!

Shot on location in Ireland, Beyond the Woods echoes the creepy supernatural horror of recent Irish genre hits The Hallow and The Canal, with its eerie and grisly tale of an unknown evil.

Synopsis:
Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway but unfortunately for them a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It’s burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them…but it’s getting worse. Soon the troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has crawled from the sinkhole and will any of them survive the weekend?

Following a successful run on the festival circuit where it picked up the Best Feature Film Award at the World International Film Festival Montreal in 2017, Seán Breathnach’s spine-chilling low budget nightmare finally makes its way to UK and North American DVD and VOD courtesy of Left Films.

On digital/VOD February 5th, DVD February 19th.

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