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Ice-T Breaks Down Bloodrunners

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Ice-T: let’s face it, the guy’s done it all. With a career that’s spanned many years, he’s covered the rap game to perfection, branched out to cover the metal subset with his band Body Count, acted in both TV and film for numerous roles, and his latest portrayal has him not only bootlegging but harvesting a little bit of the crimson in the prohibition-era in Dan Lantz’s Bloodrunners. We were lucky enough to catch the O.G. as he was celebrating a little down-time, and he was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us – sit back and enjoy!

DC: Can you tell us a little about the film itself, as well as a description of your character, Chesterfield?

IT: Well, the film was pitched to me by a guy named Mike Harvey, who does my makeup on “Law & Order: SVU”, so we’re friends – so he comes at me and says “Ice, would you like to play a vampire in a movie?” So I said “yeah, I’ve been playing a cop for 18 years – fuck it, let’s go!” So he told me the idea about the job – the movie’s in the 30’s, and the vampire’s cover is being these bootleggers. My brain was like “well, vampires have been here for 2,000 years, so I guess they would have had to live through the 30’s.” So I said “let’s go”, and he said “well, we have no money.” Now that’s usually the deal-breaker for me – that’s where the conversation stops! (laughs), but because he’s my friend, I was like “fuck it, I’ll do it anyway.” I mean, people do independent movies for a couple of reasons: one being that you’re broke, and you need to make a movie because you’re trying to get your shit up, and the other is that you don’t need the money, but you just want to have some fun. I saw this as a chance to just have some fun, and we went down to Philadelphia to make the movie, and it turned out pretty good – I was really impressed with the CGI and all the other stuff they did, and these guys had passion. My character Chesterfield is a guy that is a vampire, but you think that he’s a bootlegger for a minute, but he’s living in this world, doing vampire shit. (laughs)

DC: It definitely was a role that you delivered on.

IT: It was fun – well written, and the concept was decent, and I had a good time. They did really good special effects, and they came over to my house one day with a green-screen, and we shot the last scene of the movie in my garage. With indie films, you have to have passion, and you’ve got to keep pushing when people are telling you no, and these guys got this thing done. I’m very excited for this film – I went and watched it, and was really entertained, and the people that watched it had a good time with it, so I’m proud of it.

DC: Now with this being one of a small amount of horror roles that you’ve had, can you see yourself doing more work inside the genre?

IT: I love horror films – I’m a horror buff – I watch hardcore stuff and Japanese shit, you know, like grotesque, heavy shit – you know, like borderline snuff movies. It’s nothing new to me, and if I ever start directing films, I’ll probably start an occult-horror zone – you’ve got blood-horror, then you’ve got disturbing-horror, and I’m more into the disturbing type, like The Human Centipede, and really weird shit that you think “this is really fucked up!” I’m also into these Japanese crazy-gore movies- I just watched one the other night about vampire-Yakuza motherfuckers, and there was a dude in a Gumby suit doing karate, and I was like “what the fuck is this shit?” I watch all types, so I’d love to do another horror movie.

DC: With everything you’ve got going on, do you ever sit back and think “damn, I need a break!”

IT: Yeah, that’s why I play video games!

DC: Lastly, after the release of Bloodrunners, what can your fans expect to see from you in the future?

IT: Well, I don’t have any movies lined up, but the closest thing is a video from the Body Count album, Bloodlust – Michael Harvey, the executive producer of Bloodrunners, also did the special effects, and it’s a horror movie. It’s called “Here I Go Again” where I play a serial killer, so I think any horror fan will dig the shit out of this video – it’ll get on the horror blogs, for sure. Everyone can also follow me on IceTFinalLevel.com – you can watch me behead trolls, and all the fun shit I do on Twitter.

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Exclusive: Director Jeremy Wechter and Exec Producer P.J. Starks Talk The Viral Demon

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I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never had an issue with found footage flicks. I know there are a ton of horror fans out there that all but detest the subgenre, but I’m always down for a first-person fright flick.

Speaking of which, today we wanted to bring you not only the trailer for writer-director Jeremy Wechter’s upcoming The Viral Demon (review), but we also had the chance to speak with producer PJ Starks and writer-director Jeremy Wechter about the film and you can check out their exclusive quotes below.

After looking through all of that, make sure to hit us up and let us know what do you think of writer-director Jeremy Wechter’s The Viral Demon thus far below!

“Jeremy contacted me back in September with questions regarding distribution following the release of VOB: Horror Stories,” Starks told us. “We got to chatting and I found out more about his film The Viral Demon, which I was then fortunate enough to see. I liked his approach and the narrative he devised is pretty inventive. I hadn’t yet dabbled in this area of the supernatural, meaning demons and witchcraft. I’m also a huge fan of found footage films but never had the opportunity to actually be part of one. Jeremy asked me to come on board the project and I gladly accepted. I’m excited to see what happens with the film. I think horror fans of this type of sub-genres will really like what he’s done.”

Writer-director Jeremy Wechter then talked a bit about some of the challenges he faced in the making of this film, saying “Each location in every window of the video-chat was shot totally separately. Therefore, we had to shoot the movie from beginning to end in every location, then move on to the next location and start all over again. This made post-production quite tricky since there are multiple windows onscreen at any given time. It’s kind of like editing five movies simultaneously while needing to keep them all matched up.”

That sounds like a lot of work and a ton of plates to keep spinning at all times. But I have faith the guys can pull it off and I cannot wait to find out first-hand once the film hits… Whenever that may be. We’ll keep you up to date!

The film is written and directed by Jeremy Wechter and executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the Volumes of Blood franchise and executive producer of 10/31, Butcher the Bakers, and Close Calls.

For more info, you can follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Or visit the official site HERE.

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Four college friends participate in an annual video chat that goes horribly wrong when an ancient evil, imprisoned by witchcraft, is inadvertently released. Witness the hellish first night of demonic possession as it unfolds in real-time. As the possessions multiply and the body count rises, their night of fun becomes a race to stop the evil before it can spread across the world through electronic means. Knowing who to trust is the key to survival.

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Check Out this Bright New Trailer from Netflix

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A new trailer for Netflix’s Bright has arrived under our Xmas tree; and being that we’ve been good boys and girls, we figured we ought to share it!

Directed by David Ayer, who reunites with his Suicide Squad cast of Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the film imagines our world but with mystical beasts living side-by-side with humans. As a result, when crimes are committed by other species, it takes some delicacy to work out a solution.

Look for Bright, written by Max Landis, on December 22nd. Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Oliveri, and Kenneth Choi co-star with Smith and Edgerton.

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Set in an alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time, Bright is a genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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