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Rock Paper Dead Cast to Include Michael Madsen, Tatum O’Neal, Maureen McCormick, and Several Up-and-Comers

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Over the past several months we’ve been covering Rock Paper Dead, a new film with quite a “dream team” behind the scenes; and now, with shooting set to begin in Los Angeles next week, word has come as to who will be in front of the cameras… and it’s quite an eclectic bunch!  Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
Actors Jennifer Titus (pictured below left; Supergator), Luke Macfarlane (pictured below right; “Killjoys, “Mercy Street”), Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, “Rescue Me”), and Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight) have joined the cast of Tom Holland’s (Fright Night, Child’s Play) latest feature, ROCK PAPER DEAD. Also co-starring are Anna Margaret (“Scream Queens”), Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”), and Gabrielle Stone (Death House).

Rounding out the cast will be some of horror’s most memorable character actors, including Ari Lehman, who played the original Jason in Friday the 13th. Lehman will play an orderly named Jason in the film. John Dugan, who played Grandfather in Tobe Hooper’s original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, will also make a cameo in ROCK PAPER DEAD.

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ROCK PAPER DEAD is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, anguished memories from a tortured childhood and visitations from past victims shake Peter’s resolve, but it isn’t until the lovely young Ashley enters his life that Peter makes a fateful decision… one that rekindles old desires that have always ended in murder.

Macfarlane will play Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, and Titus will play Ashley Grant with Madsen as Detective Doyle Deckert and O’Neal as Dr. Evelyn Bauer.

Produced by Amy Williams, ROCK PAPER DEAD is co-written by Victor Miller (Friday the 13th) and Kerry Fleming and directed by Tom Holland (Child’s Play). The film is executive produced by Fuel 1 and co-produced by Miller and Kerry. Vincent Guastini will provide the special makeup effects; Yash Bhatt is the director of photography. Ed Marx will serve as editor with original music by Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th).

“Most who know me understand this genre is my medicine, which seems insane, but it’s true,” says producer Williams. “I was 9 years old with my baby brother, Joey, and saw Night of the Living Dead; and that was it for me. Words cannot convey how grateful and humbled I am to be working with such genius and legends for the team I was able to put together.”

Jennifer Titus was previously cast as Zoe in Roger Corman’s Supergator and as the lead in another Corman film, Cheerleader Massacre 2. A veteran of the thriller genre, she most recently appeared as Robyn in the sci-fi thriller Zoombies. Luke Macfarlane is best known for his starring role as Scotty on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters.” He is currently featured in the Syfy series “Killjoys” as well as the PBS/Scott Free historical Civil War medical drama “Mercy Street.” He also recurs on the NBC series “The Night Shift.”

Tatum O’Neal (pictured below left) is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress), which she won in 1974 at age 10 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon opposite her father, Ryan O’Neal. She also starred in The Bad News Bears, International Velvet, Nickelodeon, and Little Darlings. Recently she had a recurring role on FX’s “Rescue Me.” Michael Madsen (pictured below right) has had a long career spanning 25 years and more than 170 films, during which he has played memorable characters in a long list of box office hits, including The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Sin City, Reservoir Dogs, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, The Doors, Thelma & Louise, and Free Willy.

“I am extremely excited to be part of this film,” said O’Neal about her role. “I am a huge fan of the genre, and to know I’m working with the best of the best is the icing on the cake.”

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Tom Six Reveals “Vile” THE ONANIA CLUB…So What?

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Tom Six of The Human Centipede fame is coming back to theaters with The Onania Club, a film he promises will be, “…one of the most vile, inhumane movie experiences of all time.” IndieWire revealed the news, which adds that the film is produced by Tom Six and Ilona Six through Six Entertainment Company.

Details are being kept secret for now but the site says Six will bring a psychological thriller that will feature, “…mostly strong female characters” and that it will, “…definitely pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.” Starring in the film are Jessica Morris, Darcy DeMoss, Deborah Twiss, Karen Strassman, and Flo Lawrence.

Let me try and gather all my thoughts here because this is hitting some notes that I’m frankly not really feeling. I’ll try to organize this as best I can.

…[a] vile, inhumane movie experience…
If that’s what Tom Six is aiming for, my interest has already dropped by a huge percentage. I didn’t see The Human Centipede in theaters but I saw it after it hit home video. It wasn’t a gross movie but it had a gross premise, which I honestly thought made it more interesting. Then came along The Human Centipede 2, which I did see in theaters. I found it to be a brilliant response to those who were disappointed by the lack of vomit-inducing moments in the first film and who demanded it be more grotesque. Once they got it, they felt like it had gone too far, which made me want to point and say, “Trust filmmakers. They very often make decisions because they know how to do it right.” That being said, I think it’s a bad, unpleasant, mean-spirited movie. I never bothered with The Human Centipede 3 because of shockingly bad reviews and even worse word-of-mouth from friends and the horror community.

If Six’s goal is to create a movie experience that will haunt and disgust audiences, then my immediate concern is that there is no story to back up the intention. Hell, the announcement is more focused on creating a spectacle than it is on letting people know what the film is actually about. It’s Marketing 101 and as a horror fan for my entire life, I find it almost offensive that the idea of “gross first, everything else second” is being pushed in the initial blitz.

I have no problems whatsoever with gore, viscera, or shocking scenes. Martyrs, I Saw The Devil, The Thing, and the like are all great examples of movies that push a lot of envelopes but never fail to have fascinating concepts backing everything up. There is purpose in their horror. There is method to their madness. So far, Six isn’t inspiring much faith that The Onania Club will walk down that kind of path.

…[it will] pass the Bechdel test with flying colors…
The Bechdel Test, for those who don’t know, is a test within films that sees if there are two, or more, women talk to each other about something other than men. That’s it. Two women in a coffee shop spend 30 seconds talking about a book? Your movie passes. A group of teenage girls discuss what they’re going to wear at an upcoming high school dance? Pass. Ronda Rousey and Michelle Rodriguez trade barbs before beating each other senseless. Check.

While noble in intention, the Bechdel Test is a shockingly low barometer for movies to be considered women-friendly. It doesn’t ask for nuance or depth. It doesn’t set any expectations for emotion or drive. If Six thinks that his movie is a landmark simply because it passes the Bechdel Test, he clearly doesn’t know that horror has been doing this for a long time. And from reading about Bree Olson’s character in The Human Centipede 3 (the only woman in the IMDb credit list), and taking into account the female characters of the first two films in that series, I think one can understand my lack of faith when it comes to Six and women in his films.

I am fully aware of how negative and critical I sound here and I really do hope that I’m going to be proven wrong. Every film should be allowed the chance to stand on its own merits. Hopefully The Onania Club will see Six give us a film that will generate interesting conversation for years to come. But until more is revealed, my expectations are very low.

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Ben Hanscom Has Been Cast in IT: CHAPTER 2

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Some fun news out of Deadline as the site has reported that Jay Ryan (Mary Kills People) has been cast as the adult Ben Hanscom in It: Chapter 2. He joins Jessica Chastain, Andy Bean, James Ransone, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, who will be playing Beverly, Stanley, Eddie, Bill, and Richie, respectively. Bill Skarsgard will also be back as Pennywise.

Andy Muschietti will be directing based on a script by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle: Creation) with a planned release date of September 6, 2019, almost two years to the day after the release of the first film.

It was a massive success, earning just over $700 million globally against a $35 million budget. That film starred Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, Owen Teague, Javier Botet, and Steven Williams.

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Comet TV to Bring Kaiju Double-Feature Goodness Throughout the Summer

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Having been without cable or basic TV channels for nearly 25 years (note: I got cable service solely for Twin Peaks: The Return and haven’t turned on my cable box since), the world of television slips me by with great regularity. I hear about good shows from friends on occasion and that’s about it when it comes to my interaction with that world. But over the past few months, I’ve been made aware of Comet TV, a channel devoted to sci-fi, monster features, horror, and basically wonderful genre fare. It’s almost enough to get me to reach for my XFINITY remote. Almost…

This summer, Comet TV is planning on keeping it hot with a gargantuan dose of fire breath by featuring kaiju double-features every week. Beginning this Sunday and running through early September, the channel will air a film from the Godzilla franchise followed by a non-Godzilla giant monster flick. If you’re craving destruction, destruction, and more destruction, sounds like this is gonna be right up your alley!

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