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Rider Strong Talks Cabin Fever, Its Sequel, and Darkening SkyIn honor of the release of Eli Roth’s 2003 Cabin Fever onto Blu-Ray, as well as the 2009 sequel Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever’s initial release onto DVD, Dread Central found this to be the ideal time to catch up with the star of the original, Rider Strong.

Strong took the time to speak to us about his experiences working on the original Cabin Fever (Blu-ray review here), what it felt like to come back for a sequel, and the skinny on his latest project, Darkening Sky.

Since I was most familiar with his television work on the ABC comedy “Boy Meets World” when Cabin Fever made its way into theaters, I asked the actor to talk about how difficult it was to make the jump from family television to one of the more gore-filled horror flicks of the last ten years.

Cabin Fever wasn’t a surreal jump for me actually,” explained Strong. “I was more comfortable on that set than I was working on
‘Boy Meets World’ at the time. I always wanted to do something grittier and I’ve always loved the horror genre, especially since Evil Dead is one of my favorite films ever.

The genre had been pretty stale, and then here comes Eli with his script, and we immediately hit it off. He’s like the uber-geek of horrordom, and I could relate to that. I think that’s why we worked so well together,” Strong added.

Strong went on to discuss how Cabin Fever became part of a new “splat pack” group of films that rejuvenated the genre in the early 2000s.

Strong said, “With Cabin Fever we had a clear mission to make a horror film that left a mark on the history of the genre. Eli certainly didn’t think he’d be a pioneer of this new age of horror or anything, but what he was really looking to do as a fan of the genre was to bring horror back around to these grittier films that we both loved.

Cabin Fever was about bringing a raw sensibility back to a place where chicks got naked and people lost limbs. That is just part of how Eli sees the world, and this was his very dark view on humanity,” added Strong.

Since it’s no secret that Strong’s character Paul was back for Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (DVD review here), I spoke to the actor about how it felt to step back into his character and what exactly the condition poor Paul was in this time around.

We had talked about the sequel from the moment we had finished the first so I knew I’d always get to be involved in the follow-up; I just wasn’t sure in what way,” Strong explained. “With Ti (West, the director), he certainly knew how to bring in some shock value when he introduces Paul in the sequel all messed up with his face half melted off. It was pretty fun to come back and be part of this new story, even if it wasn’t for long.

Now with the Cabin Fever legacy behind him, Strong spoke to Dread Central about his latest project, Darkening Sky.

Strong said, “Darkening Sky is this fun, super-low-budget sci-fi project that wouldn’t necessarily be considered really horror because it’s very stripped down science fiction. My character is working on his thesis about UFO abductions, and when his girlfriend goes missing, he has to try and piece together whether or not she was really abducted or if he’s just going insane.

I loved everything about the Darkening Sky script. With indie films, sometimes quality can be a crapshoot, but everything about this film turned out amazing. It has an ‘X Files’ feeling to it so it is psychologically terrifying. I was glad to get to do this next,” added Strong.

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New Trailer Arrives for Overkill’s The Walking Dead Video Game

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Over two years after it was announced, we’ve finally been given our first good look at Overkill’s Walking Dead video game in the form of a series of new videos posted on the company’s YouTube channel.

The first video introduces Aiden, one of the playable survivors, and confirms that the game will be set in Washington D.C. No gameplay is shown, but it still serves as a pretty decent intro for yet another story in the Walking Dead universe.

Following on from the trailer above, Overkill also released a video introducing the team working on the game, in addition to an extended 28 minute interview with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be a four player co-op action FPS in which you’ll have to fight crazed fellow survivors in addition to zombies. There will be four playable survivors in total, each with their own unique upgradable abilities.

Starbreeze Studios will publish the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime next year. Keep an eye on Overkill’s YouTube channel for more updates in the meantime.

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New Insidious: The Last Key Trailer Speaks Softly But Carries a Big Whistle

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The last word we brought you guys on the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise was when we let you know the new film had snagged a PG-13 rating from the MPAA for “disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language”.

Today we have a new trailer/TV spot for Insidious: The Last Key, and if you aren’t already on board for a fourth round of spooky shite courtesy of screenwriter Leigh Whannel, maybe this quick trailer will do the trick.

You can check out the new trailer below; then let us know how excited you are for Insidious: The Last Key!

I’m digging what I’ve seen from the new film thus far, and this new trailer only strengthens that. Plus I’m excited to see what director Adam Robitel can do with this series after his fucking terrifying previous film The Taking of Deborah Logan.

The film is directed by Adam Robitel from a script by Leigh Whannell and stars Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker, and Marcus Henderson.

Insidious: The Last Key hits theaters January 5, 2018.

Synopsis:

Parapsychologist Elise Rainier and her team travel to Five Keys, N.M., to investigate a man’s claim of a haunting. Terror soon strikes when Rainier realizes that the house he lives in was her family’s old home.

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Luke Genton’s The Bone Box Trailer Proves Not All Graves Are Quiet

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Sometimes a fright flick comes along that sells me on the logline itself. And writer-director Luke Genton’s upcoming supernatural horror movie The Bone Box has just such a premise.

The film follows the story of a grave robber who comes to believe he’s being haunted by those he stole from. And if that premise doesn’t sell you on at least checking out the film’s trailer, I don’t know what to do for you.

Speaking of the trailer, you can check it out below. Then let us know what you think below!

The film stars Gareth Koorzen (The Black That Follows), Michelle Krusiec (The Invitation), and Maria Olsen (Starry Eyes), Jamie Bernadette (I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu), David Chokachi (Baywatch), Aaron Schwartz (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and Tess Bellomo (Liked).

Look for updates on Facebook HERE and the Director’s Instagram: @lukegenton.

The Bone Box is currently in post-production. It is scheduled to be completed by November 2017 and is seeking distribution.

Synopsis:

Depressed and reeling from the recent death of his wife, Tom (Koorzen) has built up quite a gambling debt. He goes to stay with his wealthy Aunt Florence (Olsen) in hopes that she will write him into her will. When a nasty creditor makes it clear that Tom is out of time, he devises a plan with Elodie (Krusiec), the undertaker’s daughter, to rob the graves of the rich townspeople buried in the cemetery across the road. After plundering the graves, Tom begins hearing and seeing strange things that seem to coincide with the deaths of the people he robbed. Even more disconcerting… he appears to be the only one sensing the occurrences. One question lingers: Is Tom’s conscience playing a trick on him… or is he really being haunted by those he stole from?

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