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While speaking with 1313FX’s Tom Devlin earlier this week, the makeup artist (who will appear in an upcoming episode of Syfy’s reality show “Face Off” and who is currently prepping FX for Chad Ferrin’s Dances with Werewolves) tipped us off to the creature work he recently finished for the Opie Cooper-directed feature flick Big Bad.

It was an awesome shoot!” Devlin told us of the Canton, Mississippi-filmed production, which was written by director Cooper, Danny Dauphin and Beth Kander and produced by Rick Moore of Eyevox Entertainment. Starring Cameron Deane Stewart (In My Shoes), Ainsley Bailey, Hannah Bryan (Rites of Spring), Clint Carmichael, Madeline Thelton, creature actor Brad Bishop and co-writer Dauphin, Big Bad revolves around (according to producer Moore) “three kids, each with their own agenda, who agree to participate in an eccentric biology teacher’s fundraiser, which is hosted in an old abandoned jailhouse with a shady past. Locked in overnight during a full moon, the kids soon find themselves stalked by a hairy, horrible beast, and their chaperone is nowhere in sight.”

Shot on the Red Mysterium X camera system over the course of fifteen days, Moore told us of the shoot, “It was wonderful. Mississippi, and the South overall, is filled with professionals who still really enjoy the process and the magic of filmmaking. People get to the set every day thrilled to work on the project, and everybody gets to give input on how to tell the best story possible under the time and budget restraints. We had a very ambitious shooting schedule, which led to a few compromises and multiple ‘tweaks’ to the script. We were literally rewriting the ending up to the day of shooting it to meet with the assets on hand. But from 1313FX’s can-do attitude and the rest of the crew’s ‘whatever it takes’ approach, we never felt like we had to sacrifice.

As for the film’s players, Moore said, “We cast our young leads from a group of friends who were already very tight so there was an instant chemistry, and the supporting adult roles were all filled with experienced actors who just slipped right into their characters. Most notable in the film, however, will be the incredible locations that we had at our disposal. Each setpiece has a grand, highly art directed feel. A lot of that was already there. We just had to enhance it a bit, add some light, and place the camera in the right location.

With Devlin having compared Big Bad’s narrative to the cult fave Monster Squad, we chatted with Moore regarding any potential similarity.

You have to be careful when you compare yourself to movies like Monster Squad and Gremlins,” said the producer. “I think it is safer, and more accurate, to say we were inspired by these films. To the creative team of Big Bad, these and other Amblin-style movies from the 80’s – Explorers and Goonies come to mind – the magic was in those films’ quirky, youthful characters who said what was on their minds and followed wherever the adventure led them, regardless of logic or reason. Like Monster Squad, Big Bad isn’t really a horror movie; it is an action adventure film with humor firmly in the passenger seat and a big, scary monster clutching onto the back of the car, ready to crawl in and eat you. The three kids in Big Bad are very aware that they are in mortal danger and will do anything to stay alive. Still, as they are teenagers, their decisions of where to hide and what to do are heavily influenced by how much they may have a crush on each other or how ridiculous the actions of the people around them may be.

Currently in post-production with an eye to finish by the end of April, we queried Moore on his approach to the film’s effects, in particular the old ‘practical versus CG’ debate, in order to ascertain his stance on the realization of Big Bad’s titular monster.

You read a lot about some filmmakers who don’t like CGI and want to do everything old school and also those who swear by the freedom that computer-assisted effects give you. We are actually firmly in the middle. We knew from the beginning we wanted a detailed, scary monster on set – one that could emote and perform everything written in the script. 1313FX and Brad Bishop completely delivered on this front. For some more complex scenes we may duplicate parts of the monster or enhance a set in order to achieve a certain shot that would have been too difficult or expensive under our time and budget restraints.

Moore plans to commence shopping Big Bad for distribution soon. As for future feature fare, his enthusiasm for delving into other genre pieces remains high.

Eyevox Entertainment has projects in development that span various genres and ratings,” revealed Moore. “A straight horror film about young campers who discover they are stalked by a masked killer – with a twist of course – and a pet project about a new type of vengeful villain, which also lives in the ‘Monster Squad’ world of action/comedy, are on top of our list.”

Visit Eyevox Entertainment online for more and Big Bad on Facebook for all of the latest.

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New God of War Story Trailer Calls to You

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This morning, Sony unleashed a new trailer for God of War 4, the upcoming continuation of the story of Kratos. Full of rich, vibrant, and epic imagery, the trailer expands on the dynamics we’ll be seeing at play in this game, mainly the struggle of Kratos being a father and choosing how, and when, to reveal his Godliness to his son, Atreus. All of this takes place as they embark on a journey to fulfill the last wishes of Kratos’ late wife, who wished for her ashes to be spread in a distant location.

Directed by Cory Barlog, God of War 4 will be the first entry in the franchise to not feature Terrence C. Carson as the voice of Kratos. Rather, that responsibility has now fallen upon Christopher Judge (Dead Space: Aftermath, Reaper), who also provided the motion capture for the character.

A Playstation 4 exclusive, God of War 4 will be coming to the console on April 20 this year.

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Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

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French Thriller Series Glacé Now Streaming on Netflix as The Frozen Dead

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New to Netflix this month to kickoff the year for the killer crime genre and miniseries streams, is “The Frozen Dead,” translated from its original French title, “Glacé.” It made its debut on our screens as the next foreign language series to bring us chills and thrills since the German-language time travel series, “Dark,” released in October of 2017. It looks like we can look forward to more of these international inclusions on our bloody palette.

So, if you are looking for a serial slasher in an icy setting to hold you over this winter and give you an investigative mystery fix, watch “The Frozen Dead” for a six-episode look at the bloody chaos the mind of a disturbed killer spews on The French Pyrenees.

From the very first introductory scene and the creepy children’s chorus that accompanies the goosebumps – inducing snowstorm view that is in the show’s theme, the eerie tone is set pretty early on. If that does not offer enough incentive to go watch, the camerawork and imagery alone throughout the show are incredible and worth appreciating. These striking visuals are significant if you know it is a television adaptation based on Bernard Minier’s dark novel. All-embracing, the series carries an increase in dread and suspense all throughout, so be prepared to be uncomfortable and most of all, confused as you unravel.

If you happen to enjoy this chilling setting that forces a detective to confront an unsettling past, you’ll be happy to know I found that same cold-evoking, murder mystery intrigue in Christopher Nolan’s work on Insomnia (2002), a film in which Robin Williams unconventionally and successfully jarringly plays the enigmatic man being chased by Al Pacino’s detective character. There’s a film to check out (if you haven’t already that is) if that parallelism interests you – after bingeing the six hours of “The Frozen Dead” that is.

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A grisly find atop a mountain in the French Pyrenees leads investigator Martin Servaz into a twisted dance with a serial killer in this icy thriller. Starring Charles Berling and Julia Piaton. Available now on Netflix.

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We Need to Stop Our Alarming Obsession With Child Actors

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On Sunday, January 21, Buzzfeed tweeted an article with the byline “Millie Bobby Brown just Insta-confirmed her relationship with Jacob Sartorius and I have butterflies”. Quite quickly, the tweet was met with a barrage of comments, ranging from mild tuts that it was in poor taste to extreme condemnations of pedophilia and sexualization of a minor (Brown is 13-years-old as of this post). I personally weighed in on the matter.

Earlier that day, CNN ran a video and story where actress/director/producer Natalie Portman opened up about her own experiences being a young girl in Hollywood. Portman’s breakout role was at 12-years-old in The Professional, a movie that celebrated her phenomenal acting abilities. Per CNN, she received her first fan letter a year later, after the film had come out. In it was a rape fantasy. Her local radio show began counting down the time until her 18th birthday, when she would be of legal age. Mind you, she was 13 when all of this was happening, the same age as Millie Bobby Brown.

The parallels between these two stories should immediately be understood and seen. The sexualization and fanatical obsession with children, much less celebrities, is a plague that can only cause damage and harm to those who are on the receiving end. It is time that we recognize that this practice needs to stop. It is time that we all held ourselves accountable.

A cursory search of Browns’ name on Buzzfeed will bring up at least 50 separate articles, on top of the one previously mentioned. These include what was said between “Stranger Things” co-star Finn Wolfhard and herself before their kiss in the second season. There’s a strange obsession with Brown’s instagram account and the conversations between her and other celebrities. There’s even one that states Brown looks like a young Natalie Portman. The irony here is undeniable and it seems very difficult to say that the site doesn’t have an obsession with the young actress.

Hollywood is under a great deal of pressure, rightfully so, from the #MeToo movement as well as Corey Feldman’s pursuit of revealing the truth about widespread pedophilia in that world (watch as he’s shut down by Barbara Walters). His claims have been echoed by Elijah Wood, although he himself states he did not suffer at the hands of any abusers.

Eliza Dushku’s alleged abuser Joel Kramer was recently let go from his agency twenty years after supposed events took place. When those who wonder why the actress didn’t come forward sooner, they overlook the fact that she went to authorities at that time. She details everything in an emotional post on her Facebook page.

The issue, however, does not just lie within those who create in Hollywood. It is exacerbated and pushed on by those who report on Hollywood’s actions and those that read it, lapping up the non-news proclamations with unabashed glee, not recognizing that they are feeding the same system that many are fighting against. Then, even more worrying, is that these “fans” feel entitled to these children, as though they are objects for their pleasure at any time, puppets that need to dance when beckoned.

Sophie Turner weighed in with her thoughts on the matter:


Wolfhard himself has asked that the infatuation and near assault of him and his co-workers come to an end:


And yet even on that particular tweet, Wolfhard’s fans responded with, “Ma babe trust no body“, “I love the right person bixo ♡“, “Love you finn“, and more. “Fans” are declaring their love for a 14-year-old boy that they’ve never met, a person that they’ve only really seen playing someone other than himself.

A culture has been established and reinforced that celebrities are somehow open for our sycophantic obsessions. This needs to stop. We need only to remember our own experiences as children so that we can apply them to these kids today. As Kevin Brown so wonderfully put it on Twitter:

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