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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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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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