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Exclusive: New Scream Showrunners Michael Gans and Richard Register Go Crazy in Season 2

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While the remake of the miniseries “Roots” is debuting on several channels this coming Memorial Day Weekend, horror fans have the option of tuning in to the premiere of the second second of MTV’s “Scream.” The first episode of the new round of stab ‘n slab is entitled “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and the story goes like this: “After Emma returns from a recovering retreat, one of her friends is killed, and she’s left to figure out who the other killer is.”

We had an opportunity to sit down with the series’ new showrunners, Michael Gans and Richard Register. Here’s what they had to say about hitting the ground running for Season 2 of the hit TV show, which kicks off exactly one week from tonight.

Dread Central: How did you manage to keep from going insane with all the story threads and plot lines you guys had to pick up since you are both new showrunners this season?

Michael Gan: Lot and lots of drugs… No, that’s not true; we’re already insane. The way you have to do it is you have to tell exciting stories that you love, and people underestimate the complications of really getting slasher stuff right.

Richard Register: Especially this version of slasher, which has a lot of wicked winks anyway.

MG: And the nature of this storytelling is to be able to tell serialized storytelling, kill people, be brutal storytellers that are not afraid of killing people that you love. In fact, you have to kill the people that you love, or you don’t care. That is not easy. We had a great staff, a great writing staff this season who busted their asses, too, and the cast is capable of some of the messed of shit that we do to them and put them in crazy situations. I can’t give anything away. but the kills this year are extraordinarily dramatic. Various stuff happens to some people, and one that we wrote… I think the guy is going to kill us for it.

But as far as maintaining sanity, you just have to commit to the story. We’re huge fanboys of the original franchise; we actually perform a live stage musical of the original every year, an homage musical we did with a bunch of people for fun; we did this crazy show.

DC: Some of us, *ahem*, are old enough to have seen the original Scream movies when they came out. So, are you trying to please both existing fans and new ones, or is this all a show for teenagers?

MG: Well, you know what’s kind of crazy about it is… [there are] generations of people who watch this movie, like people watch It’s a Wonderful Life or something; it’s very well known by certain people. You are doing this beautiful little homage to the entire franchise… if you saw the first few minutes, you saw us blow a kiss to Scream 2 for sure in that sequence and consequently the first Scream, which to us is one of the smartest and most interesting movies that’s ever been made. It certainly changed everything with horror movies, but you also have to… you have to be aware… you have to be willing to reference Psycho, you have to be willing to reference Nostferatu, and you have to be able to reference Saw and It Follows and everything, and you have to not be afraid to do anything and give in to the fact that the original movie was about that generation of kids, the phone situation, the communication situation, the conflict of sex and how we felt about sex and where we were with horror movies and what our choice was in regards to what we choose to entertain ourselves with and how that could affect our lives. It’s definitely a big part of that movie, and you have to be aware… if you loved that movie and loved the movies that followed, it’s not hard to say to yourself, “Oh, I want to write it right now.” It’s scarier to me in the slasher genre; it could be happening to me right now. It could be happening in my house, in my garage, in my car… if I’m watching it on my phone, it can happen over my shoulder; it’s right there! And the more ‘now’ it feels, the more possible it is that I could be the one next to have my head sawed off.

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DC: Horror on television is so mainstream now. Which is great for you guys. Everything is kind of self-referential, too, and the first Scream movie was iconic like that in a time when that wink wasn’t the norm.

MG: I think you look at the obsession in the very first Scream film: It’s about what happens when a horror film happens to people who are nuts about horror movies, slasher movies in particular. And so now it seems like fanboy-ness has become gigantic; even beyond 1996, it’s grown twenty years beyond that. You know when you have all the websites and all the Twitter and all the social media…

RR: And people making their own movies.

MG: And all that… so this was huge in 1996, that it was happening to fanboys — you know, slasher films. The idea [of] fans and nerds for a certain concept or genre has grown even more.

DC: As fans of the original movies, how did it feel to come on board to the series and honor Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s vision?

MG: It’s kind of crazy… we love it, we’ve always loved it, and I remember as a kid sitting in the bedroom with my family for some reason and we were watching television and there was some sort of documentary on about horror films, and I happened to be ten years old. I think it was on PBS, and I knew every movie, and it totally freaked my parents out. But nowadays that isn’t a thing they could do; they’re kind of afraid of it. If you go back in the annals of television, you could find a few really good parts of it that they would…

We pitched something a very long time ago, which was very, very Scream-ish because it was inspired from loving that, and people were so afraid that they thought you couldn’t do it. Now horror is so much a part of what television is, lots of different versions of it, from “The Walking Dead” to “Scream Queens,” the elevated comedy of that, “American Horror Story”… it’s everywhere, and it just keeps going; there are more new ones every day. It is amazing to us and gives us huge freedom in the fact that you can explore that.

Someone asked us, “How do you keep the Scream series going?”  And we said,  Well, it’s about sex, romance, fear, comedy… I don’t want that movie to end. Nobody wants that movie to end; it has all the pieces.” It’s the greatest experience ever… to have television now embrace the possibilities of killing people.  Honestly, it was crazy enough this season, and there are probably guidelines, [but] we go very far and haven’t been stopped yet in regards to killing… [like] “Game of Thrones” — they’ve done everything you can do; they chop people’s body parts off. We haven’t been stopped in any way, and we’re pushing. We go for it this season… we have yet to be told, “That’s too much; you can’t do that,” and that’s all because of this evolution that you’re talking about.

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DC: Did you guys work on Season 1 of “Scream” at all?

MG: We did not work on Season 1; we were on another show at that time. We heard after the other showrunners departed that the job was available, and we were such freaks about it… we loved the first season; we thought it was a great platform. It was interesting; especially in the horror genre and slasher movies, there’s always a tremendous back story, almost like a movie that existed before the movie. And in this series, too, there is always a story that you have to uncover, a mystery, and it was beautiful because ours was shot and existed in this great world, the town of Lakewood, that was realized and unique and new and a challenging thing. Because here is this amazing franchise that changed horror movies in a certain way and has a huge contribution and a great history, creatively, involved with it and they took daring creative choices and people liked it. So we had this thing that already had a back story built into it, and that was a great gift, [but] challenging to have to live by because we are telling a serialized story.  We’re not doing a whole new [story], like an “American Horror Story’; it’s the same people as their lives go forward.

One of the things we wanted to do was to work it out and twist it up and say they have this life experience, now what happens to them? All those truths were revealed in the first season by the end. How has that changed Emma? What is the psychosis that follows after being through something like that, and how do you sort of bring that Hitchcock into that Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson world and freak out. I mean, that’s what we kind of say: We took it there, and we freaked it out.

DC: I’ve only seen the first few minutes of the first episode of Season 2 – we were only allowed a tease – but I have to say that you packed a lot of twists and turns into just seven minutes!

MG: I think we kind of have a weird way of telling stories. One of the things we were excited about was, like you said, you don’t know what you’re going to see; it’s surprisingly different. There’s also kind of a crazy, psychotic bend to it.

RR: I’d say we’re going at a pace… not just the pace in an episode, but how an episode lays out and goes forward… it’s a little different from last season. We’re very much about a little drop of insanity.

MG: I hope that this appeals to [the audience] because we’re a little crazy. When you say, “How do you maintain your sanity?,” we purposely do not, so that might be something that you will see in this season.

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Someone Figured Out How Many Miles the It Follows Creature Walked

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For the most part, the horror community adores David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 It Follows. In my opinion, it’s a magnificent film, one that brilliantly utilizes tension and paranoia to an extent that few other films can even hope to achieve. Telling the story of a young woman who, after a sexual encounter, is pursued by a strange supernatural force that will kill her if it reaches her. Never stopping its pursuit, it walks relentlessly towards wherever she goes, never stopping, never resting, and always following.

During the course of the film, which is set in Michigan, Jay and her friends go across the state in an effort to protect her from this strange entity. But just how far do they, and “it”, actually go in that time? Reddit user LundgrensFrontKick has put together an interesting hypothesis that aims to answer that very question. Using the film’s information, it seems that the creature, “…walked 1,017 miles while hunting Jay.” How was this number reached? Let’s give the floor over to LundgrensFrontKick.


In an effort to track the movements of the monster I searched for all the filming locations and have come up with an estimated travel total that I’m quite pleased with. Director David Robert Mitchell didn’t make it easy because there are moments during the film in which you have no idea where Jay was going or why it took about 14-hours to make a five-hour drive up North (I’m guessing sleep). However, after getting a feel for the locations and timeframe I know how far the creature traveled because the layout of the locations fit its movements.

Here are some assumptions and timeframes I’ve come up with.

1) The creature moves at a 20-minutes per mile pace and is always moving. Thus, the total for any 24 hour period is 72 miles.

2) Jay first becomes cursed around 9:00PM at night while at the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital. This is when I’ve started clocking the miles of the monster

3) The film takes place over the course of 15 days. This may seem like a long time frame but the trip that our heroes take to a northern beach house in Whitefish Point in northern Michigan covers 10 of those days. I chose Whitefish Point because it is on the furthest tip of Michigan and the mileage works out almost perfectly when taking the speed of the monster into account. Also, the gang started their trip around 9:00PM and drove through the night and arrived at the beach house around 12:00PM. The total trip was around 15 hours so I’m assuming they slept, got supplies and had a long breakfast to cover the 15 hours. The total mileage is 702 miles (9.75 days walking).

4) I’m assuming that the creature always reroutes itself and follows the quickest route when its prey changes locations. Since it can’t just walk through homes I think it uses surface roads, alleys, and areas that aren’t fenced off to get to its prey.

5) The director David Robert Mitchell uses Detroit as a character so I’m going to use the filming locations as the actual locations in the story. The neat thing is they actually work really well in regards to the creature’s movements.

Below is a breakdown of the days and locations I know Jay visited. I could’ve easily just added up the hours and miles walked and called it a day, but I wanted to give you a feel for the creatures travels and show you the above assumptions make sense.

Sidenote: There is a 0% chance of actually knowing how far the creature followed Jay. However, since you won’t get an exact answer I wanted to make sure the timeline and math were correct to give you the best representation of the following.

Day One 9:00PM – 12:00AM – Jay becomes infected with the horrible curse at the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital and is driven back to her house and eventually to the local hospital.

Day Two – Jay leaves the Hospital and goes home to get ready for school. She heads to the University of Detroit around 9:30AM where she first sees the creature. The timeframe works because it had about 12 hours to pinball around and make it to the school. During this time Jay covered 63 miles. However, since the creature didn’t have to walk those 63 miles due to its course correction, it makes sense that 12 hours would only be needed because the creature started towards the house/hospital and was able to course correct to the university which is only 17 miles away from the abandoned building. After Jay runs away from the creature she goes to Clark’s Ice Cream and Yogurt then drives around for a while and goes home.

Day Three – Jay is still awake late at night (for good reason) when a window is smashed in and the creature comes after her. She runs to a park and meets up with the rest of the gang. From there they drive to an abandoned house, Clawson High School, Jeff’s home in Troy and eventually head to Jay’s house to pick up supplies and clothes. The gang then starts driving overnight to Whitefish Point. The creature is pinballing all day over Detroit and surrounding areas and because of this it never catches up to Jay (must be annoying).

Day Four – The crew posts up at a sweet Beach house.

Day Five – Beach

Day Six – Beach

Day Seven – Beach

Day Eight – Beach

Day Nine – Beach – The creature finally gets to the beach after a 352-mile walk and it gets its hands on Jay. However, Jay escapes and the creature has to walk all the way back to Detroit.

Day Ten – Hospital – She passes the curse over to Greg

Day Eleven – Hospital

Day Twelve– Hospital

Day Thirteen – Hospital – We know she has been in the hospital for three days because Greg mentions that “it’s been three days and there is nothing following me.”

Day Fourteen – Jay finally goes home and watches Greg get killed by the creature. She drives away and spends the night in some woods.

Day Fifteen – Jay wakes up and walks toward a boat with some dudes in it. She then drives home and concocts a plan with her friends to kill the creature at a swimming pool that night around 11:45PM (the exterior for the pool is a different location than the interior. I’m sticking with the exterior location). I don’t want to spoil the rest because I’m not a jerk and there is some ambiguity.

The creature walked 1,017 miles while hunting Jay. I think this is a solid guess and the timeframe works if the following monster moves at the assumed pace. I think this total makes it more frightening because the dang thing never stops and is always moving towards you at a leisurely pace in hopes of bending you up like a pretzel.

72 x 14 = 1,008 (14 full days). 3 x 3 = 9 (first day 9:00PM – 12:00AM). 1,008 + 9 = 1,017.


WHEW! That’s one helluva project to take on and I’m impressed by the amount of work put into it! Whether or not it’s accurate, I think we can all agree that LundgrensFrontKick definitely put a lot of care and thought into this riddle.

What other random questions like this have you always had about other horror movies? Let us know in the comments!

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Contest: Find Bigfoot With a Primal Rage Double-Sided Mini-Poster!

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On February 27th, Fathom Events will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage, the Bigfoot horror film based on Native American mythology! Tickets for the event are already on sale through Fathom and we’re here to spice up the screening a little more by offering five lucky readers the chance to win a double-sided mini-poster! The back side includes behind-the-scenes images.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below! If you want to see what the poster looks like, here are some images:

Synopsis:
Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton.

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All The Creatures Were Stirring Poster Will Make Fear Decorating Your Christmas Tree

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Later this year, the holidays will run red when FallBack Plan Productions and Evil Squared’s Christmas horror film All The Creatures Were Stirring is released! In anticipation of the feature, a poster illustrated by Devon Whitehead has made its way online and you can see it in all its glory by giving it a cheeky little click!

Synopsis:
When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.

Written and directed by Rebekah and David Ian McKendry, All The Creatures Were Stirring stars Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Graham Skipper, Mark Kelly, Megan Duffy, Ashley Clements, Morgan Peter Brown, Matt Long, Stephanie Drake, Catherine Parker and Amanda Fuller.

All The Creatures Were Stirring has a planned release date of late 2018.

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