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Dread Central’s Final Girls: Meg FosterWhen you think of final girls of the 80s, veteran actress Meg Foster may not immediately come to mind. But Foster, who was in both John Carpenter’s They Live and The Stepfather 2, is anything but your typical final girl.

In They Live she portrays Holly, who initially is thought to be an innocent bystander of the “fight the power” antics of Nada, played by WWF wrestler Roddy Piper. However, as the movie goes forward, we find that Holly isn’t nearly as innocent as she seems, and by the third act in the film, she kills Keith David and takes on Piper only to meet her demise.

For The Stepfather 2, though, Foster was very much the damsel in distress. She unknowingly falls in love with sociopath Jerry Blake (played by the always brilliant Terry O’Quinn), who takes on the persona of Dr. Gene Clifford once he leaves the sanitarium he’s been in since the conclusion of the first Stepfather. This time he has his sights set on Foster’s character, Carol Grayland, a single mother to a teenaged Jonathan Brandis. It’s up to Carol to piece together the disturbing truth about Gene before she goes through with her plans to marry him. Stepfather 2 also features one of our previously featured final girls, Caroline Williams, who uncovers Gene’s horrifying secrets but meets her demise before she can tell Foster’s character.

In honor of Foster’s achievements in horror by taking on both Piper and O’Quinn, Dread Central recently caught up with the actress to talk to her about her long career and her thoughts on women’s roles in film over the last 25 years as well as what she’s up to these days.


For an actress who managed to stay busy for more than 30 years in Hollywood, it might be surprising that Foster didn’t initially plan to become an actress. “I actually stumbled into acting,” said Foster. “When I was in high school in the 60s, I was mostly interested in art history and theater. My mom asked me what I wanted to do and I wasn’t really sure, but she knew of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York so I applied there.

Sanford Meisner was an acting teacher head of the school. I told him when I applied that I had no idea what an actor does but I loved the environment of theater. I didn’t necessarily think of acting immediately while at school; I just thought about working inside a theater doing whatever,” Foster added.

In 1987 Foster landed the role of Holly in They Live. The actress spoke about meeting Carpenter and Piper and finding an immediate connection to the duo, “I met with John and Roddy, and they were the most comfortable men in the world to talk to. I was thrilled to be working with both of them. I actually didn’t even put it together at first that Roddy was a wrestler because he was such a normal guy and we just talked on and on about our children.

Foster spoke about Carpenter’s methods on the set of They Live, saying, “John always told us that if making the movie stops being fun, then we will stop doing it. But it was honestly one of the most fun sets I’ve ever worked on. I felt like I was in a movie in the 50s but set in the future. It was a great piece of work by John, definitely one of my favorites of his.

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When Foster signed on for The Stepfather 2, she found that O’Quinn was a completely different person than the character in the film series.

Terry couldn’t have been more different than Jerry,” explained Foster. “He was so warm and is a wonderful singer so he made being on set just a lovely experience for me. I thought the first Stepfather was exceptional and terrifying, and that’s due mostly to the acting in the film. Especially Terry, because he’s just chilling to watch whenever he’s on the screen. He’s a consummate professional, and I was lucky to work with him.

The actress went on to discuss how women’s roles in society were changing and how that became reflected in the roles for women in movies.

Everything began to change for women’s roles in the 80s I think. Doors started to open, and it was okay to see women portray these different types of roles, not just the girl who gets killed. I definitely think there are better roles for women being written today. I think a lot of that has to do with the evolution of the roles of women in our society,” said Foster.

Foster, who took a sabbatical from acting for about seven years, is now back working in Hollywood. The actress recently completed the thriller Sebastian alongside Williams and Dee Wallace Stone. I asked Foster how it felt to be back in front of the camera.

I had gone out into the world on my own for a bit,” explained Foster, “but now it feels wonderful to be back to work. It’s really special for me to be working with Caroline again, even though we don’t have any scenes together in Sebastian. But to be on a project with her and Dee is just exciting for me. It felt like home.” Foster tried to give us her take on Sebastian, describing it as “definitely horror, but there is something about Sebastian that is a bit sci-fi with a bit of a karmic flair that makes the film very haunting to watch. That’s all I will say so I don’t give too much away.

One project that Foster has been rumored to be attached to currently is Go Straight to Hell. However, the actress set the record straight (pun intended) on her involvement.

I haven’t heard about Go Straight to Hell, and I haven’t been approached by anyone to be a part of it. Sometimes Hollywood can be a bit of the ‘telephone game’ where things get misconstrued. But I’d love to hear from them if they did want me to be involved,” said Foster.

Check out the video below with Foster, who speaks more about her experiences with the legendary Carpenter and on the set of Stepfather 2.


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Special thanks to Meg Foster for taking time to sit down with Dread Central and to Chris Roe for arranging the interview on our behalf.

Make sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s final girl, Adrienne King.

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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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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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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