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Annabelle: Creation – Set Visit Interview with David Sandberg



Annabelle Creation

Lucky David F. Sandberg! Not that his talent, professionalism and creativity didn’t get the fledgling filmmaker to where he is today, but wow – he is so lucky that uber-producer James Wan just happened to see his buzz-worthy short film online. Plucked from obscurity, the Danish helmer has now directed two big Hollywood features – Lights Out, and Annabelle: Creation.

Annabelle: Creation takes place in the 1950s, several years after the tragic death of a little girl, the daughter of a doll maker and his wife. The scares pick up when the still-grieving couple welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home… the unsuspecting boarders soon becoming the target of Annabelle, a possessed doll.

We got the chance to talk with David, briefly, on the set between takes. Here’s what he had to say.

Dread Central: What’s Annabelle 2 been like for you, compared to your first movie, Lights Out?

David F. Sandberg: A lot calmer, I always look calm, at least that’s what people say. But it was [different with] Lights Out, oh, my first movie ever, [I was thinking] I don’t know what I’m doing. And now I know a little bit of what I’m doing.

DC: Do you feel like you’re being type cast as the horror guy?

DFS: No. There are worse things to be than a horror director. Of course, that’s what I want to do.

DC: Do you see James Wan a lot?

DFS: Not since we started shooting, but he’s been here and seen the set. He’s a busy guy, he’s dealing with MacGyver right now.

DC: Did you watch the first Annabelle movie?

DFS: Yes. I’d seen it before, but I didn’t watch it again. I wanted to stay fresh but I’ve had to go back and look at some things, so I’ve looked at parts of it again.

DC: How is Annabelle 2 different from Lights Out?

DFS: This one might have more of a scarier sort of mood or atmosphere type of thing, because Lights Out has its fun moments. I don’t think this will be without [those fun moments] either, but it will be more horror.

DC: And how’s it different from Annabelle 1?

DFS: It’s a very different film. I’m not really sure what to compare it to, because the first one was sort of like a Rosemary’s Baby type of story. This one, what can I compare it to… I want to say The Orphanage because it’s in an orphanage, but I don’t know what to compare it to. It’s a very different kind of story. We have all these characters, and it feels a lot bigger than having just a couple like the first one.

DC: Before coming to Hollywood it was pretty much just you and your wife making short films in your apartment… tell us how it feels working with big casts.

DFS: They’re all amazing. When we had them all on set, Anthony and all the kids and Stephanie, it’s like ‘Wow, it’s eight people in one scene.’

DC: How about working on a period-piece?

DFS: That’s what drew me to it, to make a period movie because it feels so appropriate for horror. Our production designer is great, she created this whole house. She likes all these little details which I love. It’s not just flat walls, it’s old wallpaper and all these little [touches]. It really looks lived in, not just a typical set. There’s so much detail, even the curtains in these rooms with little bees on them.

DC: Seems like your production designer should get a writing credit – today here on set we heard how much she brought to the story in terms of the sets, and that the script was rewritten in some places to accommodate the new set-pieces.

DFS: Yeah, she said we could put a dumbwaiter in between these two rooms and I was like, ‘Can you put a child in there/’ And now it’s become this huge thing with stunts and rigging and everything. It’s going to be awesome. She comes up with ideas of her own. Like in Mrs. Mullins room where you have these cross cut-outs, because the script said like the walls were filled with crosses. But they did that in The Conjuring, so what can we do differently? It was her idea to put in these cross cut-outs so we can have these shafts of light. So she’s amazing. That’s why I took her from Lights Out to do this. I surround myself with great people, and a wonderful crew, and then just take credit for it. Like, ‘Yeah I’m a genius.’ [laughs]

David Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle. The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija 2, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (The Last Witch Hunter), and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s “Without a Trace”) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s “Homeland”).

Serving as executive producers are Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, and Hans Ritter. Collaborating with Sandberg behind the scenes from his Lights Out team are production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller, and composer Benjamin Wallfisch; they are joined by director of photography Maxime Alexandre (The Other Side of the Door) and costume designer Leah Butler (Paranormal Activity 3 & 4).

Currently scheduled for release on August 11, 2017, Annabelle: Creation is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review



Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis

Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)



We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

If you like what you hear, please consider joining our Patreon subscribers. For less than the cost of a beer, you get bonus content, exclusive merchandise, special giveaways, and you get to help us continue doing what we love.

The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramTwitch, and YouTube.

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