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Noah Segan Talks Cabin Fever 2, All About Evil, Chain Letter, and Someone’s Knocking at the Door!Noah Segan may not be a household name quite yet, but if his career keeps moving at the breakneck pace he has enjoyed over the last several years, it’s only a matter of time before the word is out on this genre up-and-comer.

This week Segan is celebrating another milestone in his career: the DVD release of Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (review here). Dread Central decided to catch up with the young actor to talk about the film as well as some of his upcoming projects including the dark comedy All About Evil and Deon Taylor’s gritty indie horror flick Chain Letter.

After learning at the start of the interview that Segan is a huge horror fan with an American cinema flavor to it, I asked the actor what he thought of Eli Roth’s original Cabin Fever, which paid homage to its American horror predecessors, and his thoughts on stepping into the second installment.

Segan said, “I actually had not seen the first when I was presented Spring Fever. I went ahead and watched the first one then, and I liked that it was a comedic and subversive take on the genre that fans hadn’t seen in a long time. I think it brought a sensibility back to horror so getting to be in the sequel was pretty amazing.

Anyone who has seen the original Cabin Fever knows that the movie set the bar for gore and blood gags in the early 2000’s. So, just how far was the sequel going to try and raise the bar this time around? Segan says the bar was set pretty high.

‘Crazy messy’ is the appropriate way to discuss what it was like on set for Spring Fever,” explained Segan. “We may have officially used the most blood in a movie since Meet the Feebles. It was crazy – I still have things that are covered in blood. There is no preparation you can ever make for that amount of fluids on a film set.”

I spoke to Segan about his experiences on the set of Cabin Fever 2. He credits director Ti West as the reason he enjoyed working on the project so much since the duo bonded over a love of both Heathers and Back to the Future during their collaboration.

Ti was a huge influence on what I wanted to do in the film. He has a real laid-back style because he does what a great director does – he hires the right people – so his approach with the actors on set was very much of an old-school era attitude,” Segan said.

Segan went on to discuss West’s approach for the follow-up to Roth’s unique vision of cerebral terror that was established in the first Cabin Fever. Segan said West definitely worked hard to pay tribute to Roth’s first film but also set out to make Spring Fever stand on its own merits, not just as a sequel.

We definitely paid homage to what Eli did in the first film and acknowledged some of those hallmark scenes that made the original so great,” explained Segan. “We all had an obligation to take the sequel a step further, though, so Ti definitely pulled out all the stops when it came to the gags for the sequel. We knew had to take it up a notch, and I think we delivered on that.

Now that Spring Fever is about to be unleashed on the horror masses, I asked Segan about his upcoming projects. It turns out he has no plans to slow down this year either.

Noah Segan All About Evil Teaser PosterOne of the more buzzed about projects for Segan is the upcoming comedy horror film All About Evil, wherein the young thespian shares screen time with the one and only Mistress of the Dark, Cassandra Peterson.

In All About Evil, all you have is Cassandra on the screen, not Elvira,” explained Segan. “The director made it a point to take her character in that direction but not ignoring her iconic status at the same time. It’s almost like an inside joke for the audience, kind of like the Batman and Bruce Wayne identities.

Segan says that All About Evil is about as far away on the spectrum from Cabin Fever 2 as you can get in terms of tone. While both have a wry intelligence to them, All About Evil is definitely more of a comedic film than a dark horror movie. Segan assures fans that while the project will have them in stitches, there’s still plenty of room for the scares.

All About Evil skewers more towards the comedy side than the horror side of things, but exploring different tones in the film just works so well. There’s no reason you can’t be laughing one moment and crap your pants the next when you’re watching a movie. There are no exclusivities in art so I think there’s room for comedy in the horror genre,” said Segan.

Another upcoming project Segan has to look forward to is Chain Letter, directed by Deon Taylor. Since this scribe had recently spent some time with Taylor for his other projects, Dark Christmas and Dead Tone, I asked Segan about his time working with Taylor alongside the likes of Nikki Reed, Keith David, Brad Dourif, and Bai Ling.

“I had a real blast working with Deon Taylor,” Segan explained. “From the moment I arrived on set, we established this great working relationship, and that made it easy for me to trust him and everyone else.

Chain Letter is one of the more mainstream horror films I’ve ever done, but there was a freedom and honesty that Deon puts into his productions that you don’t see every day as an actor. It was one of the rare times where I’m not the bad guy so I really got to bring more Noah to my performance than usual,” added Segan.

Not satisfied to stay busy in the acting arena alone, Segan recently served as a producer on the exploitation grindhouse throwback flick Someone’s Knocking at the Door, which Segan promises to be unlike anything you’ve seen in a while.

Someone’s Knocking at the Door is exploitation, grindhouse film with a sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll flavor to it. It’s very much a festival-type horror film, kind of like my earlier movie Brick, but just way more horrific. It almost defies definition. I am really proud of what we did with it,” Segan said.

Now that the actor can add the producing credit to his ever-growing resume, it may not be far-fetched that one day Segan will add the title of director. For now, though, Segan jokes that he’s willing to take on any job just to fulfill his addiction to being on a movie set.

Segan said, “I just love everything about a film set. If I woke up tomorrow, I’d be just as happy working craft services if I couldn’t do anything else. I’m just happy whenever I get to be on a set, and I’ve worked really hard to educate myself in all aspects of filmmaking since I left school when I was 15, so anything I can contribute to the filmmaking process makes me feel very fortunate as an artist.

Our thanks to Noah for taking the time to speak with us.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith


I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

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Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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