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Horror Bad-Ass Nick Principe Changes His Tune

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If you happen to remember the steely-skulled killer in Laid to Rest, or perhaps you’ve watched this tall, tattooed tough guy kicking some ass in some of the 40+ projects he’s been in over the course of his career, you’re familiar with the name Nick Principe. His already busy schedule will now revert back to a passion that he’s had since way before he ever stepped in front of the camera, and that’s his music. The name of the band is The Last Day, and their music is perfect aggression therapy.

Nick was gracious enough to chat with us for a few minutes to discuss the band’s latest plans, as well as what he’s got coming up film-wise. Read on and enjoy!

DC: All right, Nick, what’s up with the band? Give us the lowdown!

NP: Well, the last time I was in Rhode Island (Nick’s home state), I was jamming with one of the first bands I played out of state with, doing weekend tours and stuff like that. They’re regular guys, 9-to-5’ers, they’ve got wives, kids…shit that I’ll never understand (laughs), and they’re making some pretty quality music, you know? This is so much better than a basement band, and I don’t want to sound like a dictator, but I’ve been down this road before, so I said, “If you want to do this seriously, let me know – I’ve done this before, I’ve made the mistakes, and I know what NOT to do.” So, the guys were all charged up as we hadn’t played shows since we were 19 or so, and here we are on the closer edge of 40. It’s a release for those who are doing the 9-to-5, and might not have the money or time to take a nice vacation, so this is the answer to that. They started off with about 5 songs, and I whittled it down to 2, and then I wrote another 4-5. I then had to head back to California and I thought to myself, “This is kind of tough – I don’t know how this is going to work.” Then I was in that piece of shit movie, The Rocker with Rainn Wilson, and in the movie they couldn’t practice because their parents wouldn’t let them, so they used Skype – and I was like, “Holy fuck, that will totally fucking work!” So they had an iPad set up on the top of their amp, and it was like I was in the room, and while I felt kind of stupid screaming in my room by myself, I’m sure my neighbors are used to hearing weirder sounds than that (laughs). About a month later I flew back and we got some recording time, banged out 4 songs, and by the second week of August, I’m hoping to have the other songs all mixed and ready to go. For the U.S., I’m probably just going to go to band camp, and do the songs like that, while in Europe the CD’s will probably get released as an E.P.

DC: Planning on attaching a tour to coincide with or after the release?

NP: We’ll probably start a tour off overseas, mainly because it’s tough to tour in the U.S – I’m not really into making a profit, as long as you come back with what you left with, and it’s really hard to do that unless you’ve got something like a bio-diesel van – gassing up with the grease-trap stuff from Chinese restaurants – that goes a long way. Plus, I’m just too old to book a tour myself where we’d be the headliner – it’s got to be in support of another band. I can see us doing some shows up and down the East Coast, but I don’t think we’d be able to go to the Midwest, and if there were another thing like RevFest going on over on the West Coast, and I could get some cheap tickets to fly the guys out with out their instruments, that could work. So I’m trying to manage that, plus I’ve got a few more films that I’m working on – nothing really planned for the rest of July, but in August I’m going to New Orleans to film a movie about what happened a few days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Not sure if this is based on a true story, but supposedly after everything went Code Black after the hurricane, one of the riverboat casinos was broken into by 6 people and stole around 10 million dollars.

WRITER’S NOTE: It’s just been announced that The Last Day will be playing at this year’s Rock and Shock on Saturday night, October 14th, with Superjoint, DevilDriver, and more.

DC: Jumping back to the band for a second, I’d heard that you recently had to undergo a name change – what happened?

NP: That hurt. That really, really hurt. I had the name “The Finalist” for a while, and when I came up with the name, it sounded like everything I’d ever wanted – there’s only a small group of people in the world who have their hearts set in the right place, and their taste in music still holds the same, no matter how much the trends change. They still dress the same, and listen to the same bands, no matter if it’s still cool or not, and I felt like they’re the finalists – the last breed of people who are doing this. When I started searching for domain names, it turns out that there was this fucking awful band called “The Finalist” out of Texas, and they’d already broken up in 2010. So I did a bit of researching, and I wanted to keep the name along that same idea – the last something, and it turned out that “The Last Day” was available – I went and bought the domain name, and that was it. Tom Hodge, who did the artwork for movies like Hobo With A Shotgun and WolfCop 1 & 2 – he designed us a sick logo with a shotgun and a cross, but I needed the name change, and within 5 minutes, he made the change and we had our logo. If anyone wants to check out our page, they can head over to facebook.com/Thelastday13/ – there’s one song up on the page now, and I’ll most likely be adding another shortly before we set up the actual band’s website.

DC: Nick, thanks very much for the time – best of luck with the band and the upcoming film!

NP: Thanks, guys – you’re the best!

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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD

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VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!

Synopsis:

A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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Vampire Movie Living Among Us Playing In US Theaters This February

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The vampire movie Living Among Us will be playing in screens across the US on February 2, and you can learn more from the following press release.

From the Press Release:
The anticipated supernatural vampire movie Living Among Us from writer/director Brian A. Metcalf will hit select theaters across the country on Friday February 2nd, 2018.

Starring the late John Heard (Home Alone), Ésme Bianco (Game of Thrones), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), James Russo (Django Unchained), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You), Jordan Hinson (Eureka), Hunter Gomez (National Treasure), and Jessica Morris (The Wrong Man), Living Among Us is a fresh modern twist on the vampire movie genre. Vampires have been revealed to the world at a blood donation facility by a local news team. Now, the vampires’ sectional leader, Samuel (William Sadler), has spoken out to explain that they wish only to coexist with humans and mean no harm.

Vampires have just made themselves public! A group of documentary filmmakers have been invited to spend time with a family of vampires and learn how they live. But as reality sets in, the crew realizes they are in for far more than they bargained for.

Best known for his role as the father in the Home Alone movie series, Living Among Us is the final movie starring John Heard, who passed away in July 2017. Heard plays the role of Andrew, the father of the vampire family, alongside his wife Elleanor (Ésme Bianco) and their children Blake (Andrew Keegan) and Sybil (Jessica Morris).

When crewmembers Mike (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Aaron (James Russo), Carrie (Jordan Hinson) and Benny (Hunter Gomez) realize things are not what they seem, they risk everything to get as much footage as possible, but must battle to escape the scene alive and reveal their footage to the world.

Living Among Us is an entertaining, modern supernatural horror and a commentary on today’s society, media and politics. It examines how ratings can take importance over safety and how leaders will manipulate the public and shield truths.

The filmmakers have partnered with Vision Films, Prekindle and Alamo Drafthouse to present an exclusive offer for fans who pre-order tickets before January 19th. They will receive a signed headshot by Living Among Us star and producer Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Rookie of the Year, Walt Before Mickey), and a free digital download of the film.
To find out more visit: redcompassmedia.com/theaters

Living Among Us is a Red Compass Media production produced by Brian Metcalf and Thomas Ian Nicholas and executive produced by Ben Chan, with Vision Films handling worldwide distribution.

Director and producer Brian A. Metcalf says: “Living Among Us is a contemporary American New Wave horror film that subverts the traditional vampire mythos and fuses it with modern day science and technology. I hope audiences enjoy it!”

Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films Lise Romanoff says: “The performances are amazing. The Vampire family appears to be a normal family except for the sociopathic son. Then when things turned sadistic, while that in itself wasn’t a surprise, you are still affected never-the-less!”

Don’t miss Living Among Us when it opens at the following list of participating theaters starting Friday February 2nd.

Cinema Village, New York City, NY | cinemavillage.com
Ahrya Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA | laemmle.com/theaters/25
Galaxy Riverbank 12, Sacramento, CA | galaxytheatres.com
Davis Theater, Chicago, IL | davistheater.com
Monroe 12, Seattle, WA | galaxytheatres.com/12
Alamo Drafthouse, Dallas, TX | drafthouse.com/dfw
Galaxy Highland 10, Austin, TX | galaxytheatres.com/4
Alamo Drafthouse, Phoenix, AZ | drafthouse.com/phoenix
Royal Oak 11, Detroit, MI | royaloakmusictheatre.com
East Bethel 10, East Bethel, MN | emagine-entertainment.com

 

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Honest Trailers Takes on Stephen King’s IT

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Who out there loves Screen Junkies Honest Trailers?

Well, then today is your lucky day as the YouTube channel has just released their Honest Trailer for director Andres Muschietti’s take on Stephen King’s IT.

I don’t tend to watch these Honest Trailers videos but I have to admit this one was pretty fun. I’m not for mercilessly poking fun at movies that don’t deserve it, but when someone can point out issues I never realized (that are kinda valid) then I’m all in.

You can check out the Honest Trailer for Stephen King’s IT below and then let us know what you think!

Stephen King’s IT is now available on Blu-ray.

BUY IT NOW!

Synopsis:

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

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