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In these turbulent economic times, filmmakers – like many business oriented folk – play things pretty close to the vest. They invest thoughtfully and make their moves with a certain amount of secrecy. They do their best to make sure that they have a winner on their hands before they even start thinking about things like sequels or franchises.

It just makes good business sense.

So naturally there was a certain amount of surprise in media circles when filmmakers Colin and Greg Strause (AVP: Requiem) recently announced a sequel to their upcoming film, Skyline. The reasoning behind this consternation is that Skyline is not due for release until November 12, 2010. For a property other than, for example, an established literary series (which has its own built-in audiences), it is a bold and daring move. But with their innovative formula of filmmaking, the brothers are so convinced they have a hit on their hands that they are willing to commit to a sequel before Skyline has even seen the light of day.

Exclusive: Writers Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes Talk Skyline and Skyline 2 (click for larger image)

Dread Central spoke with Skyline’s writers, Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes, and they shed some light on the plans they and the Strause Brothers have in store for audiences.

DC: In Variety recently there was an article that said there’s already been a sequel green-lit for Skyline even though the film hasn’t yet been released. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Liam O’Donnell: It was one of those things that wasn’t necessarily pre-planned, but the closer we got to the end of the movie, the more we felt that our characters had gotten to a really interesting place. We wanted to see more of them and thought a sequel would have a different dynamic than what we had in the first one. When Josh and I sat down and did the treatment, we were like, “Wow, this is insane!” So when we pitched it to Greg and Colin, we said, “All right, let’s see what they think.” [laughs] Greg started making Predator noises… [laughs]

Joshua Cordes: And we’d never seen that before. [laughs]

Liam O’Donnell: Colin was humming, and they were both like, “This is going to be fucking huge!”

DC: So, will the sequel be bigger?

Liam O’Donnell: Skyline had eight hundred FX shots… the next one is going to have more like sixteen hundred. A lot of times people will say that the sequel is “twice the size”; Skyline 2 will literally be twice the size.

DC: Was it a challenge to come up with another story so quickly?

Joshua Cordes: What we didn’t want to do was a rehash, you know? We got the story to a certain point and thought, “Well, what can we do now?” Having gone through the process of working on Skyline, we know – even with how we like to work with the more streamlined production – the places where we could be a little more crazy and wild and the places where we needed to be more grounded. It’s a kind of knowing where the limits are and where you can push them.

DC: Without giving anything away, is all of the cast on-board for the sequel?

Liam O’Donnell: Uhhhh… That would be giving things away. [laughs]

DC: Is it enough to say that the people who need to be there have all agreed to be there when the time comes?

Liam O’Donnell: No, I don’t want to say anything. Like Josh has always said, one of the pluses of having our cast be made up of people who are not “stars” is that no one really knows who is going to live and who is going to die in the movie. We don’t want to tip our hand for any of that right now. After Skyline comes out, we will give you more information.

Joshua Cordes: That was the whole thing with War of the Worlds; you know Tom Cruise isn’t going to get blasted in the face with a Martian death ray…

DC: If only…

Both: [laugh]

Liam O’Donnell: I can say that all of the creative people – Greg, Colin, Josh, Kristian James Andresen, and myself – are definitely going to be back. The five guys that have been making decisions on Skyline are going to be back for Skyline 2.

Joshua Cordes: From a post-production standpoint, I’ve been sitting down and animating shots and working with the artists and helping to get stuff through. All of the creative team have been working crazy hours because they are so jazzed about the project. They have all been hoping that a sequel will happen because they want to be a part of it, too. That’s the fun thing because this thing is all so homegrown, everyone feels like they’re part of it.

DC: Has anything particular inspired you in writing Skyline?

Liam O’Donnell: We had a couple of sequel inspirations, but one of our big ones was… Put it this way, if Skyline is Mad Max, then Skyline 2 is Road Warrior. We’re this gritty, independent production, and we’re going to keep that same aesthetic and that same model but widen the scope and the world and the action.

DC: Has there been any discussion about projected start dates. I mean, I know Skyline is not even out yet, but is this the next thing you all are going to jump onto?

Liam O’Donnell: We’re weighing our options between that and another project that Josh and I are writing at the same time, which we refer to as “an action disaster project.” It’s going to be a little dependent on Skyline coming out and what its reception is, but we’re pretty confident, because of the model and the price point that we’ve made this film on, that we’re going to be successful. I don’t want to say it’s foolproof, but we’re very confident that we’ll be in a position to make the sequel.

Skyline is in theaters November 12, 2010.

Exclusive: Writers Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes Talk Skyline and Skyline 2

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez

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One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki

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We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.

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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD

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VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!

Synopsis:

A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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