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It’s hard to believe that the US premiere for Adam Green’s Hatchet II is only about a week away, and while we’ve had the opportunity here at Dread Central to hear from some of the key players in the project (including Green, AJ Bowen, and Tom Holland), we’re ready to introduce you to Alexis Peters, the up-and-coming actress who portrays Avery in the sequel.

Alexis Peters Talks Hatchet IIWe recently had the opportunity to check in with Peters to find out how she became one of those being hunted by Louisiana’s most notorious supernatural slasher, Victor Crowley, and how it felt to work alongside some of the genre’s most beloved stars.

Dread Central: What drew you to want to become an actress, and how did you get started in the industry?

Alexis Peters; My grandmother took me to see the musical “South Pacific” in an outdoor theatre in Chicago when I was a 5 years old and this blonde woman came out on stage and starting singing that song that goes something like, “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair…” and I was pretty much hooked from that moment forward. This led me to study acting and I ended up being Taft Hartlied for my first movie Grendel, which shot in Bulgaria right after college.

DC: Can you talk a little bit about how you got the part in Hatchet II and about your character Avery?

AP: I was scheduled to leave for Chicago for Christmas to see my family, and my manager called with an audition for Hatchet II which was the day before I left. I have to say I almost didn’t go; in fact I almost canceled the audition because I had so much to do before leaving. As fate would have it, I’m very happy I didn’t cancel.

Avery is a Southern girl who joins the group of “hunters” on the prowl for Victor Crowley. Her reasons for joining this particular team probably lean more towards the fact that she has unfinished business with Layton (played by AJ Bowen), which she is determined to set straight. The fans should get ready to laugh and be entertained at the very least!

DC: With Hatchet II being unrated, there’s obviously a huge amount of gore in the flick. Was that fun for you to experience since I know this is your first big genre film?

AP: I’ve wanted to be in a horror film since I saw Candyman as a little girl. Call me crazy… Some little girls wanted to play with Barbie, and while I was also one of those, I fantasized about playing the girl in horror movies who runs up the stairs trying to avoid her impending doom. The movie (Candyman) was partly traumatizing but also intrigued me. Who would ever guess I would work with Tony Todd as an adult? I had an absolute ball on the set of this film and can’t wait to do more.

DC: Part of what makes Hatchet II fun for the fans is the fact that this really is an ensemble film featuring a lot of horror heavyweights. Can you talk a bit about your experiences working with everyone on the project, including director Adam Green?

AP: For my first horror film I couldn’t ask for anything better than to work with icons like Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, and Tom Holland. Having grown up literally watching Friday the 13th, Candyman, Child’s Play, etc., I almost felt like a kid in a candy store on my first day on set.

I remember staying up late with my mom on Halloween night as a child eating popcorn and watching Candyman. I think I had to sleep with my mom for a month after, and Tony’s face haunted me throughout my childhood so working with him was almost surreal but also humbling and thrilling.

Working with Adam Green was unique because not only does he create a home environment feeling on the set, he let me improv a lot, and if he liked what I came up with in the scene, he kept it! A lot of directors don’t work that way so to be able to improv and essentially play on camera made my days on Hatchet II beyond enjoyable.

And with Kane Hodder, as much of a jokester as he is, when the camera is on…he transforms into the character, making for an absolutely terrifying set environment. Working with Kane, I have to say – I wasn’t really acting. That man is terrifying!!!!


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DC: Now that you’ve dipped your toes in the “horror genre” waters, would you like to keep working in this area of film?

AP: I still have yet to be cast as the girl running up the stairs and away from the killer … so yes, I would love to do more. I honestly had some of the funniest moments of my life maybe with the cast from this movie. Horror films are more challenging than one would think. I can’t wait to do more.

DC: Any fun memories on set you can recall?

AP: In one of my scenes (you’ll know which one I’m talking about when you see the film), Adam really gave me free range to make up my own lines and say anything I wanted. I have no idea how I thought of the things I said, but they were so out there and funny all the camera guys, crew, and even Adam had tears in their eyes. I definitely broke many times throughout filming that particular scene, and let’s just say I was one of the most highly quoted people in this movie. I would hear the cast and crew saying my lines even a week later and still they made us laugh out loud. It was really good times.

For more on Hatchet II (review here), click here for the Hatchet II website, and of course follow @Adam_Fn_Green on Twitter!

Look for the film to be in AMC theatres (click here for listings) on October 1st! Click here to find out why you should take a stand for unrated horror!

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

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A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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