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Dread hit the Los Angeles premiere of director Robert O’Hara’s Gothic horror-thriller The Inheritance this past Friday night at the Culver Plaza Theatre and brought back exclusive interviews with the film’s vivacious producer Effie T. Brown as well as with the feature’s star Keith David (John Carpenter’s The Thing).

Debuting as part of the Pan African Film Festival (the flick has scored awards at several film fests, including ‘Winner of Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor’ at 2010’s American Black Film Fest), The Inheritance bows to DVD and Blu-ray on April 12, 2011 from One Village Entertainment.

Speaking with Dread, producer Brown said of the sway (as indicated in the press notes) of The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby on her film (which revolves around five ambitious cousins who gather at their family’s homestead to claim an inheritance, only to find themselves thrust into a world of terrifying rituals, trances and demonic possessions as they compete for the share of the mysterious family fortune), “They were influences. They did affect us. Robert (O’Hara) and I love horror movies, but one of the things we find in them is that the black folks always die first, which is a bit of a joke. We are not really (often) the main characters. We die within the first fifteen minutes, like, ‘Oh, there’s color,’ and then we die. In this film, we are there at the bitter end.

As for the film’s supernatural antagonist Chakabazz (portrayed by Lanre Idewu), who orchestrates the peril the film’s predominately African American cast find themselves in (Adriane Lenox, Golden Brooks, Shawn Michael Howard, Rochelle Aytes, D.B. Woodside and Darrin Dewitt Henson also appear), Brown said, “What we wanted to do as well is that we realized that cinema once had Candyman, which was brilliant, but what happened? I mean there’s Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers and all of these other iconic characters, and now all we have is Flavor Flav (in reference to Nite Tales: The Series)? Do you feel me? So we wanted to do a film that’s funny but also has some real terror, and we wanted to do a film that has people of color in it. It’s definitely a film that is universal, though. So that’s what we were going for.

As for the inception of the script, “Robert and I were sitting around talking about horror films and what we wanted to see, and the lack thereof. We had the script for a little while, and it had been optioned by other companies, but somehow it didn’t really take off. They had wanted to make it really, really funny, and not to get on a soapbox, but just because black folks are in it, they seemed to feel that it has to be a comedy, and that’s not what we wanted. The acting in it is really superb. It’s approached very seriously, although the situations they sometimes find themselves in are occasionally and intentionally kind of laughable. It’s the whole thing when you start shutting off the options the characters have, and it’s all really based on a real fear and horror. I’m really happy about that.

The end-game for this is that we want to franchise it, so we are hoping that people will like it enough to join us on Facebook and the website so that we can keep doing more and more of these. I really want to build this brand of The Inheritance. Our villain Chakabazz is multi-layered, and it’s about a wealthy black family with history, so we have myriad places which we could go within this family’s story.

Speaking with the baritone-voiced David Keith (who plays ‘Uncle Melvin’ in the film), the prolific actor and horror vet (in addition to The Thing, he is familiar to genre fans for his turns in They Live, Pitch Black and the currently-running television series “The Cape”) said, “Usually in a horror movie you don’t see much of a transition, and this is not that. There’s an interesting spiral and disintegration of the characters, and I think The Inheritance does it wonderfully. You are able to associate with it.

Producer Brown and Keith’s next project will be a film based in the world of mixed martial arts. For more on The inheritance, visit the flick on Facebook and at The Inheritance website.

Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
Producer Effie T. Brown

Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
Adriane Lenox

Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
Keith David

Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance
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Interviews and Photos from the Pan African Film Fest Premiere of The Inheritance

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 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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