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Annabelle: Creation Set Visit Interview with Talitha Bateman



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We got the chance to talk with Talitha Bateman, who plays one of the orphans, on the set between takes on Annabelle: Creation. Here’s what she had to say about working with everyone’s favorite demonic diva-doll.

DC: We see you’re wearing a leg-brace. That does not look very comfortable.

TB: My character had polio and she lost her legs, so she has to wear a leg-brace and walk with a cane. Most of the time she’s walking around limping and she can barely walk. The other girls kind of make fun of her for that, they tease her a little bit, so she’s really sad most of the time. But she also has Linda [played by Lulu Wilson], who is her little bundle of joy, so that’s what cheers her up most of the time.

DC: What’s your favorite thing so far about being in Annabelle: Creation?

TB: The stunts, I love doing stunts! And also I like doing period things, old fashioned [stuff], and the leg braces were pretty cool to wear too. I haven’t done any stunts in the wheelchair and I don’t know if I do any, but I’ve done some in this thing that goes upstairs [the chair lift]. I flew up in the air and the belt flew open, and that was really fun. It was cool to see the stunt double do it first to make sure it was safe, and then we did it twice. David wanted me to reach down and act like I was just going hahahaha. It was crazy.

DC: Any scary scenes shot with you yet?

TB: I shot the one in the dollhouse where I find her in the closet, the secret door with all the bible pages. That was freaking me out a little bit. Then I shot one where I had her in my lap in the wheelchair, and that was really hard to shoot because she kept falling out. She fell out on her face, and I apologized, I felt so bad. Then we shot one in the bedroom where Linda comes in and she’s looking straight forward, and at one point the Annabelle doll turns her head and looks at Linda, which was also creepy.


DC: How long have you been acting?

TB: Two and half years; not too long. I really like that I can play a ton of different people. You know how musicians can touch people with their music and a really good song? I like that some actors can do that with a good plotline, a good story, so I think that’s really cool.

DC: Did you watch the first Annabelle?

TB: I watched the first one, but I know that some people [actors] do not do that. I just kind of prepare and get ready for ‘action’, that’s kind of how I do it. I just watched the first Annabelle, but not the other movies, The Conjuring ones.

DC: Do you get scared?

TB: I don’t get freaked out, no, things like this don’t really scare me, other than real cases. Those things are creepy. But I like some horror movies, I watched Lights Out, and that was cool.

DC: Tell us more about doing these stunts.

TB: It’s always really fun for me. Right before I went in the harness I got really scared, which isn’t normal for me because I’m usually a daredevil. But when she [the stunt-person] was doing it she almost got hurt so I got a little freaked out. They have a ton of people around always looking out for me, making sure I’m ok in between every take. Everyone is really nice and kind on the set, so it’s not easy to be scared other than when I have to be.

DC: How is it working with David Sandberg?

TB: David’s really cool to work with because he’s so new to all this. He’s used to doing this [filmmaking] in his apartment with his wife, so it’s really cool to work with him. On the first day he was talking to this guy and he told me about a hand held camera, [and that] he doesn’t know what everything is. So it was really awesome to work with him because he had this little camera and he would literally be in the scenes. I’ve never worked with someone who was in the shot. In the dollhouse scene I was talking about, he was right behind the dollhouse while we were shooting with his own personal monitor, so that was really funny. Every time they yelled ‘cut’ he’d just pop his head up and give me some instruction, so that was fun.

DC: Is that better than a director who stays by the monitor?

TB: No, it’s just different. That can be good too because it can give me a moment to get into character, but it’s really nice to have him right there to tell me how it should be or if it was great. He’s really nice to work with because he’s not super-controlling. Some directors I’ve worked with are very controlling, and that can help too with my character because I can understand how they want it to be… but with him, he kind of just gives me freedom as an actor and I really like that. Usually on set I’m treated pretty nicely, so that’s cool. Some sets I’ve been on are not the greatest but they’ve been really nice, always. At least one person on the set is kind, so it’s cool to work with people like that. I kind of like it in-between to where they are honest with me, brutally honest so I can see what they want me to do, but also I want to figure out the character for myself.

DC: How do you prepare for a role?

TB: Reading the script really helps me. I’ve auditioned a few times where they’ve sent the script, and I didn’t read it because I didn’t want to get attached, but I realize now that’s always the best. Because before this, I hadn’t really read the script so when I auditioned I thought I did an ok job, then when I read it I thought ‘Oh, I would have done this completely different had I known what she goes through.’ I didn’t even know she gets demon possessed or anything, so I had just auditioned the best I could. Now I think I’m playing her very different from my original audition.

DC: What do you love about acting?

TB: There’s so many interesting things. For the Fifth Wave, that was really cool because I got to carry a gun. That was really fun to do. I was just running around shooting people, pretty much. With this, it’s very different because now I am that guy, the demon. This is going to be pretty cool because I have such amazing actors to work with. I have Lulu Wilson and she’s so good. She’s really good at feeding off of me, like, we’ll rehearse a scene and when we get to shooting it will be completely different than we thought it was. But she’s really good about just doing the best with your surroundings. So that’s really nice when you work with someone who’s so prepared.

DC: What scares you in real life?

TB: Murder mysteries freak me out, like, real cases. Have you ever seen The Lovely Bones? That movie really freaked me out as a kid. I would like to act in movies that, like I said before, the kind that kind of touch you, you know what I mean? Like when you watch a movie and then afterwards you can’t stop thinking about it. I like those movies.

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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