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Get With IT, Part IV: The Widow of Stanley Uris Speaks

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Caitlin Hicks and Richard Masur in Stephen King’s IT

In a grizzly end to Part I of Stephen King’s IT, Stan Uris’ wife, Patti Uris, unknowingly stumbles upon the body of her husband (played by Richard Masur) deceased in their bathtub—evidently slain by his own hand after receiving the news from childhood friend, Mike Hanlon, that the monstrous entity known as IT had returned to their hometown of Derry and had begun killing yet again. Stricken with shock and grief, Patti drops the beer can and glass she had planned to surprise Stan with and unleashes a bloodcurdling scream as the camera pans to the tiled bathroom wall with the word “IT” smeared across it.

Pennywise can be heard laughing demonically in the background. Fade to black. Roll credits. And on to Part II.

It’s a scene from the film that haunted me as a kid—as did much of the film, frankly. So, I knew from the beginning of this oral history project that I wanted to find and talk with the Canadian actress who played Patti Uris, Caitlin Hicks, to learn a little about what shooting that scene was actually like. Less of a horror fan and more so a lover and writer of novels, Caitlin agreed to chat with me about both working on IT and some the differences she sees between film and stage acting.

John Campopiano: The final scene of Part I—albeit brief—has always haunted me. What do you remember about shooting your two scenes with Richard Masur?
Caitlin Hicks: For me the scene was not grizzly at all—the bathtub scene that ends with “IT” written in blood on the white bathroom tiles. It’s just before intermission. I had to be knitting (the filmmakers finally decided on that, instead of typing into a computer screen as I had done in the audition) in the living room downstairs. My ‘husband’ [Stanley Uris played by Richard Masur] went upstairs to the bath. Prior to that moment I had been knitting and hoping for little ‘afternoon delight.’
By the time it was time to shoot my scene the story was still being set up—the blood was confined to the bathtub. It wasn’t so gory just unexpected and, thus, scary. I was to step inside, seem my husband dead in the tub, see the writing on the wall, and SCREAM. Richard Masur wasn’t in the tub at the time, it was just a piece of tape that I was looking at. The small bathroom was filled with dry ice and the space was very crowded with the cameramen, boom mic operator, the director [Tommy Lee Wallace] etc.
I believe my scene was on the first day of shooting—so no one really knew what to expect.
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Richard Masur in Stephen King’s IT

JC: How was it working with Richard Masur? 
CH: We had to kiss for the scene—a harmless kiss between husband and wife. He seemed nice enough, but he wasn’t really my type at the time, and a kiss is pretty intimate. My scene was about two days of shooting, so I didn’t really have a chance to get to know him much. I did see him in a film with Meryl Streep afterwards and then began noticing him in other films.
JC: Aside from IT you really haven’t added any other horror titles to your resume. Would it be safe to say that the horror genre doesn’t interest you much?
CH: Horror is not a genre I am interested in, but I knew a lot of people would see the film, and a result, me as well. So, I was happy to get the part. AndI believe I was at my sister’s house in San Diego when IT aired on ABC in 1990. I couldn’t watch it all—I got so scared!
Ultimately, I didn’t do enough work in film to really master it. It’s completely different from the stage. At some point I moved to the sunshine coast of British Columbia and thereafter I did only theatre work. In theatre you literally feed off the energy of the audience. With film, unless the crew is engaged in the story, the energy is really diffuse. They’re worried about things like: the lighting; if the light stand is too close to the camera; if a piece of the set is missing; if the continuity or framing of the shot right, etc. 
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Caitlin Hicks, 2014

As an actor, you have to be super prepared and you have to do it all yourself. Film is totally different. It’s more inward, smaller gestures, the emotion has to come from within with absolutely no build. In theatre you have the benefit of the build of the story. So for film, you’ve got to have your craft really developed. After so much work in theatre, I’d probably audition much much better now and enjoy the film work more as a result.

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Sneak Peek: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3

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“How was I supposed to know that all that crazy sex could lead to a kid?”

Tomorrow night marks the return of Starz’s horror-comedy seriesAsh vs Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell!

And before you settle in for all the madness and mayhem a mere 24-ish hours from now, make sure you check out this cool Sneak Peek at the third season via SyFy Wire.

It is a lot of fun and features one of the best lines I’ve heard out of Ash since the original trilogy (see above).

Give it a watch and then let us know how excited you are to finally check out the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” season three tomorrow night!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins tomorrow night!

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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Must-See: Jurassic Park meets The Walking Dead in The Jurassic Dead Trailer

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“Evil Always Finds a Way…”

I think I have a new must-see movie.

It’s called The Jurassic Dead and is it, duh, part Jurassic Park and part “The Walking Dead” in that it features a T-Rex that turns those it attacks into zombies!

Talk about a winning premise. Personally, I’d love to see more quality filmmakers take on films like this. After all, it was a f*cking blast to see Mike Mendez’s Big-Ass Spider.

Anyhow, today we have The Jurassic Dead‘s first trailer and poster for, not only your own viewing pleasure, but I’m sure the viewing pleasure of all your unsuspecting friends/family members on social media.

You can check out the glorious poster to the right and the silly-ass trailer below. Like ’em, love ’em, share ’em, and then let us know what you think!

The film is directed by Milko Davis and Thomas Martwick from a script by Producer Michelle Pacitto and stars American professional bodybuilder/Producer Andy Haman, Cooper Elliott, Shale Le Page, Ruselis Perry, Mia Klosterman, and Nicole Goeke.

Wild Eye Releasing will release The Jurassic Dead in the U.S Summer 2018.

Synopsis:

A unit of mercenaries must team up with a group of tech-geek students after American is struck with an EMP attack. Deep in the desert, they find the source of the terror, a mad scientist who has also just created a living dead T-Rex dinosaur, one who turns everyone it attacks into a zombie. Now they must scramble to stay alive and save the planet from the ultimate undead predator.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Gets Groovy 70’s Sitcom-Style Trailer

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As we all know well and good by this point, the third season of Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead is almost upon us.

We’ve been hit with tons of promotional materials these last few weeks and today is no different as we have a sweet 70’s sitcom-style retro trailer for your viewing pleasure.

I’ve been digging all of the fun trailers we’ve seen for the third season, but I have to say this one is my favorite thus far. Love the music and the yellow-ass font.

You can check out the bitchin’ retro-sitcom trailer below and then let us know what you think of Ash: The Sitcom!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins Sunday, February 25.

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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