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Five Questions with Dream Home Director Ho-Cheung Pang

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Recently we had the opportunity to sit down with director Ho-Cheung Pang to talk about his latest film, Dream Home (review here), which is available now on VOD courtesy of IFC Midnight. Dig it!

Dream Home (2011)DC: The events of Dream Home take place in a very non-linear fashion. What were the challenges involved with making sure everything came together while avoiding confusion?

HCP: It is because I have considered the view of slasher fans; those audiences will be impatient and anxious to wait for killing scenes. This is always a typical dilemma in slasher films. So I cannot handle this film like any other drama patterns. I want audiences to enjoy watching the whole journey with me. Therefore, I decided to tell the story in a non-linear narrative fashion when I start writing the script. I tried to weave the killing and violent scenes in almost every ten minutes in the film.

The most challenging for me was how to keep audience with me on the same page, to follow my sequence with no difficulty. Hence, I have put colour effects and time codes to help me do the job. However, it will be difficult to follow the time sequence if you were enjoying weed while watching my film.

DC: In the States it’s typically men who play the slashers while females are usually relegated to the victim role. Whereas in Asian films it’s much the opposite. What are your thoughts on this difference?

HCP: It’s a salute to a film called “Day of the Woman” by writing this story. In the story Cheng Lai-sheung suffered and was rip-offed by the craziness of society and the unreachable high property price that pushed her to start killings – it’s her revenge to the society.
Typical slashers are usually led by male characters so I think it would freshen up the film by a woman lead.

DC: Dream Home’s violence is fearless in its execution and isn’t afraid to go too far. Were you ever worried about censorship, and was there anything too violent that didn’t make it into the final cut?

HCP: We spent much time to make a shot that the life-size genital would be cut off in the film during a sex scene. My team had really done it and made it so real. But Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority in Hong Kong insisted that the shot should be excised. I discussed it with them many times but failed. That shot is uncut in the overseas version.

DC: What movies and/or characters influenced you in the making of Dream Home?

HCP: I am a fan of Hollywood’s B-grade slasher movies. Friday the 13th, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre(the version in 1974, I don’t like the 2003 version), The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street are all my favorites. Frankly, these movies influenced me in the making of Dream Home.

DC: Is the story over, or do you think that there’s more to tell? Will we ever see a sequel, or even a prequel?

HCP: I wanted to satirize the craziness of the Hong Kong property market through the protagonist’s killing spree just for the sake of buying a flat. More importantly, I liked to shoot the bloodthirsty scenes. This time I had a chance and plenty of resources to fulfill my dream.

To be frank, the story is completely ended. Moreover, I still have many projects in hand to do. So I don’t think this film should have a sequel or prequel.

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role

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I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD

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We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

Synopsis:
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

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