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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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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

Synopsis:

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. 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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Joe Dante’s Matinee Starring John Goodman Blu-ray Special Features Announced!

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One of my favorite childhood movies was director Joe Dante’s Matinee starring John Goodman. I watched the flick all the time and still make sure to give it a peep as often as I can. In fact, I just rewatched the movie last month. Still holds up too!

As I’ve grown up and watched more horror movies, I have come to call this film “Popcorn for the whole family.” And visa versa, have labeled Popcorn as“Matinee for the 80’s slasher crowd.” Both of these statements as completely apt by the way.

It is with this love of the film in mind that I wanted to make sure to pass along the news that Shout! Factory is planning to release Matinee on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray January 9th, 2018. And it is a beauty.

You can check out the full list of special features below along with the Collector’s Edition cover art. Then make sure to let us know what you think of Matinee below!

Matinee hits Collector’s Edition Blu-ray via Shout! Factory January 9th, 2018!

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the William Castle-inspired movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey, who brings his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.

It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.

Bonus Features:

NEW Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante

NEW The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty

NEW MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant

NEW Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub

NEW Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler

NEW The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey

NEW Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora

Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film

MANT! – The Full-Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante

Vintage Making-Of Featurette

Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante

Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint

Still Galleries

Theatrical Trailer

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Exclusive: P.J. Starks Talks Volumes of Blood 3

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One of our favorite low-budget horror anthologies here at Dread Central is producer P.J. Stark’s Volumes of Blood (review). If you haven’t seen the film, get on it asap.

The film’s sequel Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (review) was also good horror times, and we would recommend that flick as much as – if not more – than the original.

It is with this in mind, all of us here at Dread Central are counting down the days until the release of the third (and final?) entry in the series, which is currently going by the killer title Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3.

While the new film is still in the scripting stages, we had a chance to speak with creator and producer P.J. Starks this weekend, and he dropped all types of new info on the film, including how many stories the new film will present, and what we can expect.

Mainly that Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3 may very well be the final chapter in the series, but a host of spin-offs are still very much a possibility.

You can read our quick interview with Starks below and then make sure to let us know what you think of the Volumes of Blood series in the comments below!

Dread Central: What can we expect from the third entry?

P.J. Starks: Eric and I want the third film to be everything fans of the first two films appreciate and more. The set pieces are larger, the stories are even stronger than in the previous two installments and the body count is probably the largest I know for any independent production. We wanted to really go out with a bang and I feel the script we’ve collaborated on will make good on that.

DC: How many stories will be included in this installment?

Starks: We’re going back to the basics with five stories. We’ve tossed around the idea of doing a sixth possible story, but nothing is set in stone. We don’t want to bog down audiences with too much. There’s a progressive story unfolding over two films already, so we’re being careful not to convolute things. We’re working hard to bring, what I’ve been calling the “Volumes of Blood Anthrillogy” to a smart and entertaining finale.

DC: Is it actually the final chapter?

Starks: Never say never. Right? We do have potential spin-offs planned. As for this being the nail in the coffin of an ongoing story arch, absolutely. I think that’s what separates our series from so many other anthologies. It’s not just a series of random shorts plucked off YouTube with some loose connective tissue. It’s a fun ride, but you still have to pay attention to details and follow the larger narrative developing. Wrap around segments tend to be throw away material, but that was never the intention on VOB.

Nice! Again we are all looking forward to the third entry in the VOB series and any spin-offs that may occur. The possibilities are f*cking endless. Bring ’em on!

Until we have further info on just when Devil’s Night: Volumes of Blood 3 will hit, you can always buy the first two Volumes of Blood flicks on Blu-ray HERE and HERE.

Thanks for chatting with us, P.J.!

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