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Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba Talk Machete



Even though Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming grindhouse-style flick Machete is centered on the ass-kicking character played by Danny Trejo, the writer/director was smart enough to realize that every badass guy needs an equally badass girl to come along for the ride. Or in Machete’s case, three of them.

Recently Dread Central caught up with Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba, two of Machete’s leading ladies, during their press tour for the upcoming movie to find what attracted the duo to the project and just what it is about Machete that drives all the ladies wild.

For Rodriguez, who’s built her career on portraying strong females, the decision to work with the modern auteur behind movies like Desperado and Planet Terror was a no-brainer.

I have always wanted to work with Robert so I immediately said yes to Machete,” explained Rodriguez. “I think there’s only a few directors out there who really understand strong female characters – to find that balance between strong and sexy – and Robert really gets that. He understands that balance between men and women and how to complement that energy in a story.”

“I feel like the footprint that the Latin community has been able to leave on Hollywood has been a little grey over the years, and everyone working on Machete knew this would be a project that would leave a huge mark on Latin entertainment. Robert’s been part of sharing that Latino voice with the world for 15 years now, and he’s the guy to help keep that movement going forward into the future too,” Rodriguez added.

Machete was an opportunity for Alba to collaborate once again with director Rodriguez after 2005’s Sin City. However, her character of I.C.E Agent Sartana in Machete is a far cry from her Sin City character Nancy, who had Bruce Willis running to her aid. This time Alba is taking down the bad guys, one stiletto at a time.

Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba Talk Machete

Alba said, “I loved all the fight scene stuff I got to do in Machete since I have always had a soft spot for action projects, especially since my adult acting career really began because of Dark Angel. There is one scene in Machete that still was my favorite to film and it involved me killing someone via a stiletto. It was fun because I spend so much time with stilettos on, and I must say it’s far more fun to kill with them than it is to wear them.”

“You always take a leap of faith when you work with directors, but with someone like Robert, he’s always got everyone’s best interests at heart and somehow it ends up making his movies that much stronger. I think you see that passion on screen in anything he’s ever directed,” Alba added.

Despite the outrageous body count and grindhouse nature of Machete, both actresses were excited by the premise that such an over-the-top movie could still have a strong message at the core of it.

I love the fact that you can get away with so much in exploitation flicks but that there’s still something deeper going on,” explained Rodriguez. “When you tackle a huge topic like immigration and you put it in the context of all this over-the-top violence and action with hot women, that’s just cool to me. At the end of the day there’s still a message in Machete, and I think it will resonate with audiences.”

“I certainly think that it’s exciting for us as Latin entertainers that we get to have a voice for so many people who don’t have a voice. We have the opportunity to look at these kinds of issues and push them to the forefront and still manage to entertain while doing it,” Alba added.

And while the character of Machete is very much a fighter, he also still manages to find time to sweep the ladies off their feet. Dread Central asked both Rodriguez and Alba just what it is about Machete (and Trejo himself even) that makes all the girls go weak in the knees.

Rodriguez said, “Danny is a total sweetheart in real life and his heart could attract legions of women, I’m sure. There’s something about him as a person that’s very innocent and sweet even though in appearance it may not seem that way. In his face you can see he’s been through so much, but when you look into his eyes, you see there’s still this innocence that lives inside him. So much of that comes out with his character Machete, too. He’s hard to resist!”

“You should have seen him on set. Hot women were trying to throw themselves at him even then! It was so funny and sweet to see,” Alba added. “He’s such a great guy so it’s not a total shock.

Look for Machete in theatres September 3rd, 2010.

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free



Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!



Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.


KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong



One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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