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Sure, we’ve all laughed at the videos of the ruckus that was raised by one disgruntled patron at the Sundance 2011 screening of Lucky McKee’s The Woman, but what does the director himself think about it all? Read on for McKee’s response to his irate hater.

Movieline‘s Jen Yamato went straight to the source for McKee’s version of what went down when the credits started rolling. Accused of misogyny and artlessness by his critics, McKee (May, The Woods, Red) mounted a convincing artist’s defense of his film, about a feral woman captured by a sadistic family man, as difficult by design. “The stuff is dark and hard,” he said, “but there’s a catharsis I get out of doing it, putting it out there and sharing it with people like, ‘Look, I see this stuff. Do you see it, too?’”

What follows is just a small excerpt of the Q&A between McKee and Yamato. For the rest be sure to hit up the above link.

Yamato: For the record, we have to ask: Was the infamous shouting angry man a plant?

McKee: No, absolutely not. If you had been there and seen my reaction to it, you’d see that it was genuine. For one thing I’ve been working on this for two years with a few collaborators. This stuff gets really personal after a while, then all of a sudden you’re in a situation where you have to share it with 500 people. It’s almost physically debilitating for me.

Yamato: And that’s just having your film premiere, not even with someone shouting at you.

McKee: Yeah, you put so much stuff in this and watch the audience, and obviously there are a lot of people walking out. And I knew that would happen, it’s happened with stuff I’ve made in the past, so I get it. Some stuff is a little too much for some people, and there’s stuff they don’t want to confront. I was sitting there watching the movie, and the ending is pretty intense, and I saw this girl trying to get out of her row but the seats are so tight in that theater that she was having trouble getting out. She was getting kind of panicky and she walked right by me and heard this terrible sound. I got up and walked back there and this girl had really taken a bad spill, I guess she just fainted. I was like, “Stop the movie, somebody help this girl!” Nobody seemed to know what to do, and they didn’t stop the film.

It was just so bizarre. But that was really concerning to me and it upset me. There are a lot of people who were like, this is great for publicity, this is great for the movie, but it’s like, you know, she could have really hurt herself! So that really bothered me.

Yamato: What happened next?

McKee: I went outside to have a cigarette and saw the emergency people showed up, and I told the volunteer to tell them where to go. I went back upstairs, and I was walking through the lobby and I saw this guy standing there with a lady and he was talking to himself. He was saying a lot of the things he ended up screaming in the theater, and on the video that ended up online. It looked like he was trying to work it up in his head; this is while the credits were running. As he was saying this stuff out loud — “This isn’t art, this is bullsh*t, what kind of a sick person would do something like that?” — I just happened to walk right by him. And I introduced the film, so he knew who I was. Three steps behind me after I walked in he came in and made this big scene. I just went to my chair and wanted to crawl inside myself. It was awful, you know?

Yamato: You must have known going in that this film could be very divisive…

McKee: Yeah, and I know how people react to stuff that goes that deep and doesn’t turn away when you think it should. It really is eliciting physical responses from people, which really kind of blows my mind. Just the right succession of pictures and sounds can do that to somebody, which says a lot about the art form.

Yamato: How do you respond to accusations that your film is anti-female due to the violence done to women, especially your lead character?

McKee: I’ve read one negative review by a fellow who was very upset with me, and very upset that I’m adding to all this negative stuff around women. But I adore women! Watch all of my films! It’s like Hitchcock’s movies always had scary mothers in them, but if you read about his life he loved his mother dearly. So having a scary mother in a film is what’s scary to him. Your mom is the person who’s supposed to protect you, and if that person’s bad, that’s scary. That was scary to him. And to me, women that can be put under the thumb of a man is scary, so I wanted to explore that. Sorry if it’s hurting people.

Yamato: If The Woman were to come with a warning label, what sort of warning would you give to folks like the man from the Q&A?

McKee: That’s a really good question. If you’re afraid of something being brutally honest about the awful things that happen in this world, then don’t watch it. It’s nothing if not honest, and it very much plays like a nightmare because nobody’s reacting to what’s happening in a correct way and you don’t know why that is until you’ve been through the film once. It’s designed to be watched multiple times, and its designed to be completely different the second, third, and fourth time you watch it. But if you can’t get past the first viewing… But if someone’s getting physically upset and it’s hurting them in some way, by all means don’t watch it, get out!


The Woman stars Angela Bettis, Pollyanna McIntosh, and Sean Bridgers.

For more information dig on the official website for The Woman.

Synopsis
The Woman is the last surviving member of a feral clan that has roamed the Northeast Coast for decades. When the last of her family is killed in a battle with the police, The Woman finds herself alone, severely wounded, and vulnerable. Unfortunately, she is now a far too easy prey for local hunter, successful country lawyer, and seriously disturbed family man Christopher Cleek. With his twisted set of ideals, Cleek decides to embark upon a deranged project – to capture her and “break” The Woman – a decision that will soon threaten the lives of Cleek, his family, and The Woman.

Lucky McKee Responds to the Controversy Surrounding The Woman

Lucky McKee Responds to the Controversy Surrounding The Woman

Lucky McKee Responds to the Controversy Surrounding The Woman

Lucky McKee Responds to the Controversy Surrounding The Woman

Lucky McKee Responds to the Controversy Surrounding The Woman

Lucky McKee Responds to the Controversy Surrounding The Woman

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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.

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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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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!”

Whatever.

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.

Synopsis:
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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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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