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Get Out Special Blu-ray Screening Event Report!

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Dread Central was honored to be among a select group of horror sites to get a glimpse of the special feature on the newly released Get Out (review) Blu-ray and view a Q&A with director Jordan Peele, producers Jason Blum and Sean McKittrick, and cast members Daniel Kaluuya (Chris Washington) and Allison Williams (Rose Armitage).

They showed us several clips from the film and discussed the stories behind them, and Peele even revealed a different, downbeat ending he had in mind for the film originally.

In case you’re not familiar with the story, here’s the gist: Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate to her parent’s house. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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Here’s some of what the Get Out folks had to say during the Q&A.

Jordan Peele: I think we knew what we had. We knew we had something cool and the whole process leading towards the release, our confidence only grew with it. The biggest surprise to me was the ability to get this thing made, so I just want to do multiple shout-outs and kudos to Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Universal because this is a movie that takes an incredible amount of trust and foresight to be able to invest the type of energy that they did. I’m just so honored, the cast and crew as well… I’m just so honored that everyone went on this ride with me and trusted this vision. Obviously if it was a fail, it would have been an epic fail, so it was just nice to get this collaboration, this community of people, willing to go there. The first time we discussed it, it was actually a pitch. I talked to Sean before we even wrote it.

Sean McKittrick: Yeah, it was; you were writing back-to-back with “Key and Peele” when you were writing the first draft, and you knew it was something special right away. It was even in his initial pitch of what the movie was going to be that we had to get involved because this movie has never been made before. That’s one of the most exciting things; it’s never been done.

Jason Blum: Well, Jordan is the king. I mean, his first movie is a grand slam Forbes 500. I was very excited about the dailies, and I was very excited the first time I saw the movie. The movie business is a very crazy thing so for me, I probably shouldn’t even say this, but the screening felt like it was special, the response was really good. And the opening weekend was a very, very solid result. For me the moment that was ‘Oh my god, Jordan has made something that’s touched a nerve’ was the second weekend. Typically, genre movies drop off about fifty percent and the movie dropped off less than twenty percent – and that was the moment where, you know, other people and myself too, it was like, ‘Oh my god.’ Someone asked me today, ‘How much did you expect this to make?’ and for us, it did 3.5 times our best case scenario of what we thought it would do, and that really came on the second weekend. It got better and better as time went on, which is really very rare, and so much fun for what we do. I mean, it’s still in theaters. Yeah. It’s still in theaters.

Daniel Kaluuya: I was in Whole Foods shopping, and this guy goes, ‘Daniel.’ And I was thinking, ‘Well, why did you just say my first name like that?’

Allison Williams: Because they can’t pronounce your last name.

Kaluuya: Yeah. And so the Whole Foods employees wanted to take pictures with me, but they’d take their uniform off. It was really intense, people we’re following me around, it kind of felt like [my character in] Get Out. So yeah, I was in a bubble filming in Atlanta, I’d just do little shopping trips, and I thought, ‘This is different.’ So it was pretty surreal.

Williams: I changed my hair color right after the movie came out and so a lot of people look at me and go, ‘Oh my god, is she in another disguise? She’s just walking among us.’ So I get these people who love the movie but keep five feet between us while we have this interaction, which I totally get. I like hearing that people saw it and enjoyed it. From experience, most people want to deconstruct something with you, and they want to test a theory they had, a question they had about something, see if they were right about something to do with the plot, a little Easter egg or something like that. That’s what’s really fun. Rarely is there a drive-by comment, it’s like we’re in it, we’re having a conversation, and what could possibly be more rewarding than that?

Peele: The tone was the big challenge, a big balancing act, and we knew that even going into writing. The pitch was a cool pitch but you still can’t really picture this movie done right in a tasteful way so for me, the kind of due north was basically reality, allowing the whole premise, a pretty pulpy premise, a comedic side. There’s levity to it, so you really just have to make everything feel as real as you possibly can and then hope that through that you’ll have this sort of cohesion of tone, and that’s the way we did it. We took the horror moments as serious as the moments where Lil Rel Howery and Daniel were on the phone talking. With the character of Chris I was looking for somebody that not only could the audience relate to, but trust. I wanted to serve any horror movie audience that has ever wished the main character was smarter. So, I knew every step of the way the character Chris would never lose our trust, and that was very important. With Rose, I knew that entire story hinges on the nuances of how Rose was to be played, and I needed to be able to make the subtlest of adjustments to sort of protect that story. As a relationship, though, that was the big thing. We needed to not only believe in their love story, but root for their love story, for it to work.

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When the deer gets hit by the car and moans its last breath, that’s actually Peele’s voice. “My other little cameo is ‘The mind is a terrible thing to waste’ from my ‘MADtv’/ Morgan Freeman days,” he added.

Peele: When it came to doing the music, I knew the energy of the score. I worked with a guy named Michael Abels. This is his first score in a film and he was game in trying to figure out this new kind of music, this thing that sounded decidedly black, that had these black voices. It felt like a sinister, sort of Bernard Herrmann score, so we were on the tip of making this new sound that was really fun. So I kind of knew where the energy was going.

Kaluuya: What was so amazing about the score was at the premiere, my mom is from Uganda, so in the beginning the music is Swahili. And she’s like, ‘Oh, they’re saying “get out.”’ I knew there was stuff in the score that was saying ‘run, run,’ and ‘run’ was in Swahili, and my mom is in the audience saying, ‘Oh good, they’re telling him to run.’ Like in the middle of the film, when you see what’s going on, and so it’s just like at every single level it influences our performances.

Williams: When it comes to Rose and how she keeps her secrets, I wanted to layer it so the second time you saw it, you saw someone that was on one mission the entire time, rather than someone who picks up the mission and the audience picks up on it. So hopefully the second time you see it, you see everything she does is to get him to that living room, so that her dad can give that spiel he insists on giving. Just literally everything she does the entire time, that’s her job, she’s a retriever. Rose is very convincing and has been doing this alter ego for four months. So she has been living this life, she’s been imbedded in a way, so it’s also been about someone who’s been so careful and is so precise and specific and particular. She is just at the very end of her mission, and everyone is constantly threatening to fuck it up for her and she is just so annoyed with everyone at every moment. Then I factored in: What kind of person is that, if you stop developing at a young age and start taking on characters all the time? You’ll probably be stunted or stalled in pre-adolescence, so you’d have a teddy bear, listening to ‘I’ve Had the Time of My Life,’ maybe your clothes are kind of androgynous, maybe you have no sexuality in any kind of discernible way. And maybe you have so little control that the rest of the time you’re incredibly militantly controlled, so there’s not a hair out of place, you have perfect posture, no creases in your clothes… so that stuff started to come together once I started thinking about what must that person be like.

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Get Out will be hitting On Demand, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 23rd (it arrived on digital HD on May 9th). The release will feature an alternate ending, deleted scenes, commentary from Peele, and more.

Synopsis:
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario), a young African-American man, and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, “Girls”), a young white woman, have been dating for several months, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate at her family’s home with parents Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods). At first Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Special Features:

  • Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Unveiling the Horror of Get Out: Go behind the scenes for the making of Get Out
  • Q&A Discussion with Writer/Director Jordan Peele and the Cast: Director/Writer Jordan Peele sits down with the cast to answer fan questions on the film hosted by Chance the Rapper
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele

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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on 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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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Film Will Be Dark and Scary

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s 90’s kid’s horror anthology “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. I even own the entire series on DVD with some of my favorite episodes being “Laughing the Dark” and “Dead Man’s Float”.

It is with this in mind, we are excited as hell to pass along the news that the classic series will be making it’s way to the big screen in the near future!

Gary Dauberman the screenwriter behind such recent horror hits as IT, Annabelle: Creation and The Nun has been tasked with penning the script for the new feature film.

“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones,” Dauberman told THR. “We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”

The flick will be hitting us via producer Matt Kaplan (The Darkness) and Paramount’s new division Paramount Players. Which is headed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) and will work with Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET to generate projects.

Did you watch “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as a kid on Snick? What’re your favorite episodes? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

We will let you know as soon as we hear more on Are You Afraid of the Dark? so stay tuned! Until then, you can buy the entire series on DVD starting right HERE!

Synopsis:

This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods, where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.

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