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The Belko Experiment

It’s “casualty Friday” when an ordinary day at the office becomes a horrific quest for survival. Hapless employees at the Belko Corp. find themselves trapped inside their building, taunted by an ominous voice over the intercom which tells the scared-stiff staffers that two workers must be killed within 30 minutes.

This gruesome game must continue until there’s only one survivor standing. Friends become foes and new alliances form, as only the strongest will live to tell. Michael Rooker plays Bud Melks, Belko’s no-nonsense maintenance man, who is trying to find a way out of the hermetically sealed building when he comes face to face with a choice he never anticipated. We got the chance to catch up with him recently, and here’s what he had to say. (Note: spoilers.)

Dread Central: The Belko Experiment is a great “what if?” movie. As you were reading it, what did you think of the premise?

Michael Rooker: It’s explosive. You know what, it’s like wow, what would I do in that situation, and I think the audience walks away, and even during the filming, watching this movie they’re going to come away, already have that concept thinking what would I do? For example, The Walking Dead does the same thing, even if it’s more of a TV, soap opera thing, but you still come away with, what would I do in that situation? In The Belko Experiment, what the hell would you do? I mean what a dilemma.

DC: You and James Gunn, who wrote the script, go way back. Was there anything about this new story that surprised you?

MR: I was surprised that he was such a sick human being. I was, it was a page turner, it was fun read and I found it to be quite humorous. I like sardonic humor anyway and you’re stuck in this situation, what the hell, man? There’s nothing you can do, you’ve got to fight for your life, if you’re placed in that situation you have to fight for your life. You don’t have to necessarily go out looking to kill someone, which is what the voice wants you to do, you can choose not to do that but you can choose to defend yourself and that’s what you would have to do eventually.

DC: I guess it’s not a huge spoiler since pretty much everyone dies in this bloodbath… what did you think of your death scene when you first read it?

MR: You know, we talked a lot about how this would occur and there’s just so much blood in the piece, I sometimes tend to go opposite so my notes were, how about we do it in a way, because I had lines that I still had to say, so how about we do it in a really realistic, horrific way but not in blood so I really enjoyed that we were able to keep the blood out of my death scene. It was really quite rewarding and shocking, and I think a lot of people who have seen it now and when they ask the questions, they find it to be one of those pieces that surprise the hell out of them, basically.

DC: As the maintenance guy, you’re in the basement a lot and other small spaces. What was it like working in that environment? This is a pretty big cast. Well, at first anyway!

MR: You sort of start getting into the script and before you know it. The director (Greg McLean) and the AD, they had a big net for us, so if somebody went crazy, starting getting into it we’d have to net them and drag them off stage. Do you believe it?

DC: I believe every word you say! So, Greg was in charge of the net?

MR: That’s right, he was in charge of the net, he was in charge of netting individuals. It’s a fun movie though, right? I had a blast doing it and to be involved with a project that you know people are going to in, that’s just awesome.

DC: You must get offered tons of roles. What’s the tipping point or criteria that gets the yes from you?

MR: The money, it’s the money, baby. Not entirely, I’m just joking, it just depends, as an artist, an actor, you read the material and you know what? It grabs you in some way and you just want to do it, that’s all. That’s sort of the way I’ve done it my whole career because I mean, not every script you read you’re going to like and some of the ones you read are like so badly written that you say to yourself well I’ll do this, but you’re going to have to pay me this much extra because I’m going to have to re-write every page. I’ve done that before, re-written it and I don’t even want credit, I’ll pay you back money if you don’t credit me. This was not the case with The Belko Experiment. Belko was well written, by my celebrity friend James Gunn. I love working with him, we have good laughs.

The Belko Experiment

The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (“The Newsroom,” 10 Cloverfield Lane), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, “Scrubs”), Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station).

Synopsis:
The Belko Experiment explores a twisted social experiment, in which a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

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Even Sarah Connor Hated TERMINATOR: GENISYS

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I think it’s safe to say there aren’t many people out there that were fans of Terminator: Genisys. The film was kind of a major mess and it looks like life on the set was as well.

That film’s new Sarah Connor, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was recently speaking with Vanity Fair about some other crap and then the conversation swung around to the failed reboot of the Terminator series. And Clarke had some interesting things to say…

First, she told the magazine how she was “relieved” when the film bombed at the box-office so she didn’t have to sign up for further sequels. And then Clarke says she watched frequent Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor “get eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time.”

Damn girl, tell it like it is! Got to respect the woman for not holding back and sugarcoating things under the blanket of “creative differences.” Hell, maybe Clarke will be able to do the same regarding all the drama surrounding that new Lando: A Star Wars Story movie one day.

What did you think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.

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Idris Elba Directs and Stars in Netflix’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

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Like many of you out there, Idris Elba is one of my favorite actors working today. And it is with this in mind that I’m excited by today’s news that says Elba will be tackling The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.

THR reports that Elba will not only star in the film, but he will be directing and producing the music described as a “sonic and musical experience” as well. That’s a lot of hats there, Gunslinger.

For those who might be unaware, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an 1831 novel by Victor Hugo that follows Quasimodo, a hunchback, who falls in love with the Gypsy Esmeralda. Michael Mitnick (The Current War, The Giver) will write the modern-day retelling with Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) producing along with Elba and Ana Garanito.

Are you excited by this news? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Amy Adams and HBO’s SHARP OBJECTS Poster Welcomes You Home

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A few weeks back I asked the question Is HBO’s Sharp Objects Mini-Series With Amy Adams Horror?” I got some interesting responses but needless to say, at the end of the day, the question is still up the air. But regardless of all that, I still plan on checking out the series one it begins airing this summer.

And if you’re on this boat with me, then you’ll be interested to check out the new poster for the series, which you can see in high-res by clicking on the thumbnail to the right.

Are you looking forward to this series as much as I am? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram!

The eight-episode series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, scripted by Marti Noxon from the book by Gillian Flynn, and stars Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlon, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. It hits HBO in July 2018.

Synopsis:

Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

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