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Steven C. MillerSo far, Steven C. Miller’s Scream of the Banshee has already turned some heads with an admittedly fascinating poster. Now the director chats with us to shed some more light on his upcoming After Dark Originals contribution.

“The idea of the banshee – the folklore, the legend – is that she pretty much can take many forms,” Miller says of his film’s infamous creature. “She can take the form of seductress, she can take the form of the banshee itself – which is the way it comes to take you out, and can she can also come as almost like a spirit-type entity that haunts you. She definitely has a lot of ways to scare the audience, that’s for sure.” Indeed, the banshee can also appear as a freakish old hag. We’ll learn much about this creature throughout the film, according to Miller.

“The opening of the movie takes place in ancient times so we get a great feel for where the character comes from, how they have to trap it, how they have to stop it… We get that right at the beginning so we know what we’re in for for the rest of the movie.” And how evil is this thing that haunts its victims for days after they’ve heard its legendary shriek? “The only way to protect yourself is not to scream. She feeds on your screams – once you scream, you’re dead. It’s really about her haunting you, her trying to scare you, her getting you to scream.” Miller won’t say exactly what the banshee does to end your time on earth, but we suspect it ain’t pretty or painless. But how will the viciousness be presented?

“In a movie that was only shot in roughly 14 days [without] a big budget, you don’t really have the opportunity to do a lot of CGI effects. [CGI’s] just not my thing. I’m much more of a hands-on person – what I see, what I can touch is what scares me. So I really wanted a physical presence onscreen.” Miller also shares a bit of insight into a few of the banshee’s “morphing” effects we may enjoy. “With the amount of time, we weren’t able to do everything I wanted to do and make it look as great as I think it could have. But I think at the end of the day, it’s definitely something for old school, 80’s, monster movie fans. This is a movie they’re gonna relate to and have fun with…”

The “old school” approach wasn’t always the plan, however. “The [initial] script idea (written by Anthony Ferrante) was that it was all gonna be CG. And that was just not something I wanted to do. When I came on board, it was much more, ‘Okay, this is gonna be practical.’ And I think in the long run it saved them a lot of money anyway.”

Even once that decision was made, there would still be a bit of trouble. The original effects artist that Miller was “forced to use while I was in Louisiana turned out to be terrible” and was quickly let go. To the rescue came effects artist Vincent J. Guastini. “Vincent came in and saved the day. We didn’t lose any shooting days – we didn’t have time to. He was able to come in, and we were able to move the schedule around so he could do all of the prosthetics there in Louisiana. There was a lot of stuff involved – a lot of props – and he built all of those as well.”

Miller chose Bulgaria to film the centuries-ago opening to “make the film look huge,” courtesy of Bulgaria’s impressive mountains, landscapes and structures. “I’ve never been there before – it was really fun. The place just looks like it’s been bombed out, like an apocalypse hit it. But it’s weird because there are still all of these old monasteries standing and castles all around. We were able to shoot in an old monk monastery – there was no production value needed.” With only one day to shoot in Bulgaria, Miller scored the opening sequence, including a horse chase.

The cast includes Lance Henrickson and Lauren Holly, both of whom Miller grew up admiring. This writer wonders if Miller has any stories to share after working with two important figures from his youth. “I think my favorite of Lance is the day he showed up. We’d talked about his character a little bit on the phone – we didn’t have a lot of time to talk before he got there. He kind of mentioned that he was gonna do something a little wacky, and I was kinda nervous. Well, he shows up and he had his nails completely painted. He had a wig on – a toupee – that was on backwards. And he looked like a complete mess, but it worked! And it actually made the character way more three-dimensional and much more of a fun movie. Lance himself, he’s just a funny guy and he constantly kept everybody on-set laughing. It’s also got Lauren Holly, who is just a pro. She’s one of those girls that can be joking one minute, then I say ‘action’ and she’s crying – in the moment, in the scene and she’s good to go. In a movie like this, we pretty much told everyone that I wasn’t doing more than two or three takes, so the actors really had to be prepared to just get it done. And Lauren and Lance are both those kinds of people – as actors, you don’t have to worry about [them], you don’t have to do too much directing because they understand, they get it. You tell them what to do and they do it. They take direction really well, and it’s awesome to work with people that you grew up watching and thinking were amazing…”

Miller is also super-excited about his upcoming film, Apocalypse: Undead. Keep checking here for more updates on that flick, out in the fall of this year, which Miller has promised us will be “WILD.”

Check out the After Dark Originals website for more!

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Whatever Happened to Scream: The TV Series Season 3?

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I don’t know about you but I was a big fan of the first two seasons of MTV’s Scream: The TV Series. It breaks down like this: Scream is my favorite horror movie (and the first one I ever saw) and I would watch and love any incarnation of the series, even a Saturday morning cartoon, I’m there.

It’s with this in mind I’m really looking forward to the upcoming rebooted third season, which was supposed to air this past March… but that didn’t happen. So where is the third season of MTV Scream? You guess is as good as mine, but that said we do have a slight update on the series via new star Tyler Posey.

Posey recently was out and about talking this and that about his role in the recent Blumhouse teen horror flick Truth or Dare and let slip a bit about how he came to be cast in Scream season 3.

When I watched the first season of Scream, I fell in love the cast,” Posey told Daily Dead. “Then when they rebooted the entire thing for season three, and I got a call from one of my friends who was the director of photography on Teen Wolf, and he was also hired to come and do Scream. He called me, and he was like, “Hey, man. There’s this role that we would love to have you play. Would you want to come down and play with us?”

He continues: “I didn’t have to read the role or really know anything about the script to immediately be on board because one, I was excited to work with my friend again. Two, it was in Atlanta and that’s where we filmed Teen Wolf for the first two seasons, so I was excited to go back there. Three, I’m a huge fan of the Scream movies, and Ghostface is such an iconic character, so I thought it would cool to be in the same show as that universe. That’s one of the things about acting that I just love, where you can get these weird and cool experiences that you can put under your belt. For me, being on screen with a classic character like Ghostface is just really cool.”

Are you excited about the third season of Scream? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The third season of Scream: The TV Series is expected to air sometime this year on MTV.

Season one synopsis:

MTV’s TV series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise. Instigated by a cyberbullying incident that goes viral, a brutal murder in Lakewood stirs memories of a crime spree from the town’s past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just spawned a new executioner. At the center of the story is a group of teenagers, with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart who become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Calls Blumhouse Halloween Footage “Terrifying”

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Last week we shared the first poster for Blumhouse’s Halloween with you guys, and for those of you that somehow missed it, you can check it out to the right. And speaking of the new film, today we have a fun update via Scream Queen supreme, Jamie Lee Curtis.

Curtis recently sat down with Yahoo! to discuss her role in the upcoming Blumhouse sequel and she had more than a few interesting things to say.

I’ve seen a trailer and I’ve seen some footage, and it’s terrifying,” Curtis said. “They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I’ve never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this.”

Full-tilt boogeyman. Classic. She then talks about what drew her back to the franchise after unofficially calling it quits following Halloween: Ressurection.

As soon as I read what David Green and Danny McBride had come up with … and the way that they connected the dots of the story, it made so much sense to me that it felt totally appropriate for me to return to Haddonfield, Ill., for another 40th-anniversary retelling.

Curtis then talks about what she thinks should be the official title of the new film.

There was the idea of, ‘What do you call it?’ and if I had had my druthers, I probably would’ve called it Halloween Retold. Because it’s being retold. It’s the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter.”

And finally, she speaks about how people who love horror movies are going to love this new film: “For people who like that sort of thing, I think it’s going to be really fun for them to experience. For me, that just doesn’t hold any interest to me. Because I’m frightened enough about all [today’s political climate]. So the idea of now paying money and sitting in a dark theater with a bunch of people and watching something really scary doesn’t really do much for me. But there are a lot of people who love it, and they’re gonna love this movie.”

How excited are you for Blumhouse’s Halloween? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer and composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Charlie Heaton: The New Mutants is Full-Fledged Horror

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I this point I often wonder if FOX is just playing a prank on all of us and Josh Boone’s The New Mutants is just going to keep getting pushed back for the rest of time. Maybe it’s just a fake trailer ala Grindhouse?

I’m kidding (I hope) but all the same we’ll keep reporting on The New Mutants news if the getting is good. So with that in mind, today we have an update on the film via co-star Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things).

It’s basically about these mutants in a facility for damaged mutants,” Heaton told EW. “It’s a story about these characters coming to grips with who they are and it’s a horror X-Men movie, which we haven’t seen before. I feel like, for an X-Men movie, yeah, I think they’re going full-fledged horror. Without saying too much — I really don’t want to give away too much what it’s about, it’s very under wraps — but it is, in terms of anything we’ve seen in the X-Men world, it definitely is a horror film. It’s scarier than anything we’ve seen in that genre.”

Do these comments make you more (or less) interested in seeing The New Mutants? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is directed by Josh Boone and stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”), Charlie Heaton (“Stanger Things”), and Alice Braga (City of God). The film is set to hit August 2, 2019 (for now).

Synopsis:

A diverse cadre of teens are learning to cope with their superpowers. These new mutants find themselves held in a secret facility against their will and must battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past.


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