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Pollak, Kevin (Vamped Out)



Legendary comedian Kevin Pollak isn’t generally thought of as a terrifying person. However, the guy who is known in Hollywood for bringing the funny is now bringing the fear (along with some humor) with his new Babelgum comedy web series “Vamped Out.”

“Vamped Out” was conceived by Pollak and Jason Antoon (Minority Report) from a simple joke over lunch.

I went to have lunch with Jason and my girlfriend and I passed a billboard for Vampire Diaries,” explained Pollak. “We were complaining to him when we got there about there being yet another vampire show, and Jason joked about what if you really were a vampire but couldn’t get cast as a vampire for any of these projects.

Jason said to me, ‘That’s a great bit for your set, Kevin,’ and I said, ‘No that’s a great bit for a web series,” Pollak added.

From there, the idea of “Vamped Out” became a reality. Both Pollak and Antoon took their project to Babelgum, and as they say, the rest was history. Pollak found the funding, assembled a great cast including himself, Antoon, Samm Levine (Inglourious Basterds), and Seana Kofoed (“Men in Trees”).

Exclusive: Kevin Pollak Talks Vamped Out

Pollak, who is making his directorial debut with “Vamped Out,” spoke about the characters and the talented cast he assembled.

Jason plays our vampire/hero Al, and I play Elliot, the documentary filmmaker that nearly drank himself out of the business after winning an Oscar like 22 years ago,” Pollak explained. “Samm plays Billy, Al’s agent who is just hilarious, and Seana play’s Al’s love interest. We have a great newcomer, Kit Steel, who plays Ginny, and we all just came together and made something really funny.

Pollak isn’t generally a household name in the horror community, but as someone who loved his recent work in the deliciously dark and funny flick, Otis, I asked Pollak to discuss just what he looks for when he’s considering a horror project.

I am a fan of writing anything that is dark and humorous so the horror genre is at its best when it can successfully blend those two elements together. Horror should be dark and funny but shouldn’t feel like it’s making a joke out of the genre either. That’s what we were striving for with ‘Vamped Out’,” said Pollak.

I think if you engage the audience in the real life drama of the situation and from that situation you can find and develop the humor from within that. The idea of shooting it as a documentary allowed us to play on a few different genre films like Blair Witch that allowed us also to then play with a couple of different storytelling options. It was creatively liberating,” Pollak added.

Now that Pollak’s first project as a director is set to debut this Monday, I asked him if he had any plans on working again soon in the horror genre.

I had an awful lot of fun with ‘Vamped Out’ so as long as this type of humor would be involved with me continuing to work within the genre, then I would love to work with anyone who would have me. I had so much fun working in horror — this idea of otherworldliness as a storyteller is a great feeling,” said Pollak.

For more on “Vamped Out” check out Dread Central’s exclusive red carpet video from the premiere below, featuring Pollak, Levine, and producer Michael Rotman. Don’t forget to tune in to Babelgum.com on Monday, April 12th, and for the next five Mondays following that to sink your teeth into “Vamped Out.”

Vamped Out – Premiere Coverage
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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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