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Mayhem (SXSW 2017)




Starring Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, Irene Smythe, Dallas Roberts

Directed by Joe Lynch

Screened at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival

Corporate life is hell, I think we can all agree on that. Unless you’re in the higher levels of the company, there really isn’t much to look forward to with your job. Long hours, no respect, a serious lack of appreciation, political bullshit, and almost certainly the worst kinds of snacks offered in the lounge. Seriously, who wants those granola bars that crumble apart into a gritty pile that gets everywhere.

That’s where Joe Lynch’s Mayhem comes in. Putting a bullseye right on that kind of work environment, the film asks the simple question, “What if all the people who worked in that kind of place suddenly didn’t give one single flying fuck about consequences?” If you’ve watched any of Joe’s other films, like Everly or Wrong Turn 2, then you’ll know the answer to that is blood, gore, violence, and then second helpings of each of those.

The story is rather simple and very easy to follow. Steven Yeun plays Derek Cho, a lawyer in a law firm who happens to be fired (wrongly, I might add) on the day that a virus, which completely removes people’s inhibitions, gets let loose and begins infecting everyone. Determined to go to the top floor and make his case to the board members as to why his termination was unjust, Derek teams up with Melanie (Samara Weaving), a woman who is trying to get an extension on the foreclosure of her home. The duo fight their way tooth and nail to gain access to the elite. All that stands in their way is HR, upper management, and a horde of interns desperate to get a promotion…

So, this isn’t about zombies, and it’s not some new spin on the rage virus from 28 Days Later. What happens here is that the virus simply removes all filters and inhibitions that a person needs on a daily basis. Someone said something offensive and you hold back from punching them in the face? Not today. You wanna say hello to your nether regions in public but you obviously don’t want to land on the sex offender registry? Pfft, the world is going to see you in your birthday suit doing unspeakable things. That’s what the virus does to people. They’re still very much human and capable of reason, logic, and normal conversation; they just have the potential to explode at any moment in a burst of what should be normally repressed emotion. Anger becomes rage, horniness becomes lust, irritation becomes violence, and so on and so forth.

Yeun and Weaving are both magnificent in their respective roles, although I found myself more charmed by the latter’s performance. Weaving commands the screen at nearly every moment, her character full of energy and oozing with dark humor. Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, and Dallas Roberts play unique villains, almost like four different bosses from a Streets of Rage-esque video game. They have their own quirks and traits that make them distinctly unlikable; yet, they each represent different evils within the corporate structure. Anyone who has worked in a similar place will think of their own experiences and immediately relate.

As for the film itself, it’s fast-paced, energetic, and wastes no time in getting the story going. Even in the first act when it’s setting up the film, it’s shot in a way so as to be constantly exciting and engaging, making sure that the viewer is a participant in this frantic nature. And once the virus is loose amongst all the inmates of this law firm asylum, that’s when the blood starts flowing, which Lynch doesn’t hesitate to splatter the screen with!

What Joe Lynch has done is craft one of the most entertaining and exciting films I’ve seen in a long time. Taking elements of The Raid and mixing it with a healthy dose of Office Space, Mayhem deftly blends action, horror, thriller, and comedy into a movie that will become a mainstay at any movie party. In summation, Mayhem is pure fun, with a capital “F” for “Fuck you!”

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3



I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”


We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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