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In May of 2007 (just prior to the nation’s economic collapse), this writer visited the set of the Bogner Entertainment and Trailer Park Partners production Trailer Park of Terror, a Southern-fried fright flick directed by country-music video director-turned feature filmmaker Steven Goldmann. Produced by Jonathan Bogner and Ralph Singleton (Pet Semetary) and based on the Imperium Comics of the same name, Trailer Park of Terror premiered the following year at Slamdance ’08, and was released to DVD that October via Summit Entertainment.

Starring Lew Temple and Priscilla Barnes (The Devil’s Rejects) and Nichole Hiltz, Duane Whitaker (Feast), Ed Corbin and Michelle Lee (among others), Trailer Park of Terror, regardless of its playfully sadistic EC Comics-vibe and inspired makeup designs by Todd Tucker, didn’t cause the waves its producers had predicted, and due to such, unfortunately derailed the planned feature franchise and television and comic book series. Perplexing, given the gonzo cocktail of sex, gore and rock n’ roll which is the narrative bread and butter of not only the genre, but which lies at the center of Trailer Park of Terror itself.

This past Sunday, director Goldmann and I had a chance to catch up, and touched on things ranging from the challenges filmmakers now face in our continuing recession and subsequent industry restructuring to the future of Trailer Park of Terror itself, as well as the current status of his other projects, including one he’s collaborating on with filmmaker Jeff Buhler (Insanitarium).

Exclusive - Steven Goldmann talks the Future of Trailer Park of Terror, DeadFellas and More

One thing that I’m excited about is a project called DeadFellas,” said Goldmann, “which is based on a novella by David Whitman (the book is available via Darkside Digital). I met David shortly after I did Trailer Park of Terror, and he was a fan of it, and he had written a book of short stories about ‘inbred horrors.’ I thought there might be some good stories within it for a sequel to Trailer Park, and he sent me DeadFellas and I fell in love with it. At the time I was trying to find a project to do with Ghost House. J.R. Young and I were looking for things, and I sent DeadFellas over to him and he said, ‘Oh my god, this is the best Ghost House/Steven Goldmann project!’

It is its own world,” Goldmann clarified (who in the past has found acclaim in video direction, including Metallics’s “2 of One” video and Faith Hill’s “This Kiss”, for which he won top prize with the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and TNN Music City News for Best Video of the Year), when asked if the source material would serve as a sequel to Trailer Park of Terror. “I went out to dinner with a group of horror writers in town, there were maybe twenty of us, and I ended up sitting next to Jeff Buhler who wrote Midnight Meat Train, and I told him about the short story and we both just kept talking about it, and we’ve been working on it ever since. Originally Ghost House was super-interested, and we may go back there. I have the rights to the book. It fits somewhere. It’s like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels meets Clive Barker.”

As for the subject matter of DeadFellas, “There’s a gang-war going on, and two hit-men are sat down by their boss to kill someone in a big mansion out in the country, and what they don’t realize is that there is a curse, and time isn’t working the way that they think it is, and while I don’t have an elevator picture of this, when people read what Jeff and I have written, they get super-exited. It’s got demons and zombies and doppelgangers, and it’s kind of like a record that gets stuck in a groove and then skips back to the beginning.

We went very far with that project with Ghost House,” expounded Goldmann on the status of the DeadFellas, “and it may not be over (with them) but everything has changed in the business in the last year, and it has become hard to develop something from scratch if you don’t come in with a big package. But what J.R. and Jeff both fell in love with, is that it would be set up for a DeadFellas 2, in a fun way, and in a way fan-boys would like. I think it’s bigger than just one film, and David Whitman set that up with his story. The short story itself though wasn’t a three-act movie. Jeff and I needed to take the seed of what David had written and find a way to make it work (script-wise), which David just loved. He loves where we are with it. It’s not a little two –million dollar horror film. It’s a movie that will need lots and lots of practical effects and CGI to make it work. I think there is a really indie feel to it, so I’m very, very hopeful (given industry’s return from Sundance of movement) within the next couple of weeks.

Goldmann’s got more than one iron in the fire, however, a needed methodology in a town where most seem as fearful to green-light a project as they are to pass.

Of the genre projects that I’m actually in negotiation with a distributor now, with no actors attached, is this really bloody little Appalachian gangster film called Red Devil Lie (website here) (a play on ‘Red Devil Lye,’ slang for the ingredients to crystal meth), which actually pre-dates Trailer Park of Terror, which I had developed with Alan Brewer, who did the music for Trailer Park. There is this insidious organized crime aspect to the project, about a wealthy crime family in Kentucky. It’s not about hillbillies. It’s sort of Walking Tall meets No Country for OId Men. We already have a full catalogue of songs written for the film, and it’s dark and raw. So things are progressing with that.

In regards to the future of Trailer Park of Terror, “I have a treatment for a sequel written,” said Goldmann. “I keep finding interest. It’s just that since the time the first one was produced, the difference in what people are willing to invest in a horror film has changed. Could I make a sequel for 1.5 million now in Louisiana? Yeah, maybe. Could I get the same cast? Probably not. It’s something that to this day, every few weeks I’ll meet with an investor or a producer that has real interest, and I’m dealing with the comic books guys (from Imperium) directly, and they are game. It’s just that I need to find someone who believes. I spent a great deal of time developing Trailer Park of Terror as a television series (too), and had a lot of fun and creative meetings with that. It wasn’t to be an anthology show, but based on the film’s characters, and was inspired by the short interviews with the characters (that appear in the DVD’s supplemental): the idea that there could be this ongoing business (in which the denizens of the trailer park feast upon wayward travelers), except with more irony. I don’t think the potential of a feature sequel is dead, though.

I’m spurned on by the need to feel creative, and the need to overcome obstacles,” concluded the filmmaker, “and there’s nothing like getting out there and pitching and writing and being alive.

For more on Goldmann, including his plans to meld Marvel Comics’ The Human Fly with its real-life inspiration into what will undoubtedly be a rather interesting counter-culture flick, check out his website here.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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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.

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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

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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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