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House on Rodeo Gulch Now on VOD; New Trailer, Stills, and More

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Now available on VOD, William Scherer’s House on Rodeo Gulch has been likened to a Hitchcockian thriller so of course we wanted to make sure you have it on your radar.

Chanel Ryan headlines a powerful ensemble in this indie gem, which was inspired by real life events; and we have a look at the film’s trailer, artwork, and a few stills.

From the Press Release:
Santa Cruz, the host of “all the damn vampires,” is now home to the evil, frightening James Christianson. Malevolence loves company…

Chanel Ryan (Bad Kids Go to Hell) and Barry Ratcliffe (Ted 2) star in writer/director William Scherer’s House on Rodeo Gulch, now available on VOD and arriving on DVD later this year. Megan Jay Simrell, Jaye Wolfe, Adrian Torres, Mitch Costanza, Brian Spencer, and Chen Dubrin co-star.

Scherer explains, “House on Rodeo Gulch was created from a true story. While in my late twenties, I bought a small three-unit apartment building that had one of the units vacant. I put in a nice new cream-colored carpet in the living room and rented it out to a young couple. A week later I visited them to find out the boyfriend had driven his Harley-Davidson motorcycle into the living room and had taken the engine apart as oil, parts, and dirt were all over my new carpet. Furious, I had no grounds to have them arrested, only give them a ’30-day notice to leave.’ After 30 days they still hadn’t left and thus became the ‘tenants from hell.’ I thought afterwards, ‘If only I had put something in the walls/ceilings that would have scared them into leaving on their own.'”

With regard to his characters and influences, he adds, “I love strong women who find their strength through adversity. I also love Alfred Hitchcock and psychological thrillers that require the audience to think. Throw in a bit of humor, and you have House on Rodeo Gulch.”

Synopsis:
Uprooted from her childhood home in Texas by her father’s new job, seventeen-year-old Shani Peterson (Megan Jay Simrell) moves to California with her new stepmom, Denise (Chanel Ryan). Their new home, located deep in the redwoods of Central California, is a dream come true… until it’s not. With an over-friendly reverend and his alcoholic assistant as their only neighbors, Shani and Denise must unearth the haunting mysteries of the house and its history before they lose their home… or their lives.

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Jordan Peele Hunts Nazis for Amazon

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After writing and directing one of the best horror films in recent memory, Jordan Peele (Get Out) is one of Dread Central’s top horror figures to keep tabs on. Thus far we know Peele’s next film is called Us and he also has an HBO series in the works called Lovecraft Country.

And today we have word via THR that Peele has another thriller series in the works over at Amazon called The Hunt. The 10-episode hourlong series will tell the story of a group of Nazi hunters living in New York City in 1977.

When David Weil first shared The Hunt with me, I immediately knew that we had to be involved,” said Peele. “It’s cathartic. It’s noir. It’s frighteningly relevant. It’s exactly what I want to see on television. I am thrilled to be working with Amazon in bringing this incredible vision to the world.”

David Weil (Moonfall) created the project and will also write and serve as executive producer. Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment produce alongside exec producers Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni (Mr. Mercedes).

Our biggest priority is attracting exceptional writing and producing talent to bring addictive, groundbreaking projects to Prime Video,” said new Amazon studio head Jennifer Salke. “The Hunt is edge-of-your-seat entertainment that is not only culturally relevant but deliciously original. David Weil, Jordan Peele, and the entire Monkeypaw and Sonar Entertainment teams represent the dream team! We can’t wait to get started!

Amazon has given the show a direct-to-series order.

Synopsis:

Inspired by real-life events, it tells the story of a group of Nazi hunters in New York City in the 1970s. The Hunters discover that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among them and conspiring to create the Fourth Reich in the U.S. They set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

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Interview: Author Alex White on ALIEN: THE COLD FORGE

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Titan Books new novel Alien: The Cold Forge finds a group of scientists conducting experiments on the titular beasts on a remote space station, and as you might expect, things go so hot. While the basic setup may sound like familiar ground, author Alex White manages to twist and subvert expectations at nearly every turn, developing a book with some great characters, creepy horror setpieces and intriguing tweaks to the Xenomorph lifecycle.

I recently got to ask Alex some questions on Alien: The Cold Forge, covering how he got the job, alternate story concepts and if there was anything from the movies that was off bounds while he was writing the book.


Dread Central: Hi Alex. First off, could you give a quick overview of your writing career prior to Alien: The Cold Forge?

Alex White: I started out writing screenplays, which was a major part of my independent studies in college. Around 2005, I started seriously writing novels, and I sold my fifth book, Every Mountain Made Low, in 2015. My agent, Connor Goldsmith, parleyed that into the Alien deal for me, as well as my forthcoming three-book space opera, The Salvagers. The first book, A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, arrives June 26th of this year.

DC: How did the concept for The Cold Forge come to you?

AW: My agent called me to let me know that I’d scored a pitch meeting with Titan editor Steve Saffel, and I had to come up with a couple of ideas, fast. I was at Adaptive Path’s UX week when Double Robotics did a presentation using their telepresence robot, and I was fascinated by the idea. What if you had one survivor in an alien outbreak who was cut off, only able to influence the outcome through telepresence? How would the other survivors react? Would they be grateful or upset?

I was also dealing with a lot of Silicon Valley tech bros at the time, and Dorian naturally evolved from the amoral folks that work at a lot of those companies. When we’re chasing profits, it’s important to ask: who gets hurt? Dorian doesn’t have that reflex.

DC: Did you pitch any other ideas for Alien stories to Titan for the book?

AW: I pitched three, but I only really remember two of them. There’s the one that eventually became The Cold Forge, and there was another that took place on a military academy on a planet overrun by aliens. The idea is that you have a bunch of troubled outcast teens who’ve been shipped away from home to get discipline, then an outbreak kills most of the adults. It sounds YA, but I wanted to turn it into full-on Lord of the Flies.

DC: Pretty much every character in The Cold Forge is flawed or corrupt in some way. Was it fun to write a story without any traditional heroes?

AW: Absolutely, because honestly, I think it represents the reality of a survival scenario. Also, can you imagine living with your coworkers for years at a time? I doubt I’d be able to survive that with a clean conscience, myself.

DC: Dorian Sudler has to one of the great all-time assholes in the franchise to date. How did you dream up such an odious character?

AW: I was dealing with a lot of Silicon Valley tech bros at the time, and Dorian naturally evolved from this utter prick of a venture capitalist who shared a cab with me one evening. When you’re dealing with big data in particular, it’s easy to violate privacy, manipulate people and outright disenfranchise folks (Check out Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil). On my product teams, we have a strict rule: “Don’t pitch me anything you don’t want used on you.” With any advancement, you might churn a good profit, but you also might end up ruining someone’s life. That’s why it’s important to ask: who gets hurt? Dorian, like that venture capitalist, doesn’t have that reflex.

DC: The relationship between Blue Marsalis and her android/nurse Marcus is also pretty intriguing, where she uses his body as an avatar to escape her own bed-ridden condition. Where did that idea come from?

AW: While I’ve already talked about Double Robotics, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that my friend’s father passed from complications of ALS around that time. Another friend of mine has a terminally-ill daughter, and watching the trials that poor kid has to endure is heartbreaking. I wanted the readers to feel the difficulties that come with a terminal condition, as well as the discrimination. Terminally-ill people are often treated as though they’re already dead. Friends drift away, unable to witness the pain unfolding before them.

Blue deals with all of that, especially the fact that her life is considered worthless by the others. If they’d managed to get to an escape pod, do you think Blue’s crewmates would’ve rescued her? If she’d died out there, who would’ve spoken a kind word?

DC: The Cold Forge reveals Facehuggers don’t actually implant an embryo but inject a black goo-like substance instead that rewrites DNA. Did you receive any pushback about making this change to their life cycle?

AW: Nope! It’s 100% in keeping with Alien: Covenant and you never actually see a larval injection onscreen. In fact, 20th Century Fox requested ZERO changes to the manuscript and sent a page full of compliments, which is probably a first!

DC: The book feels somewhat inspired by video game Alien: Isolation, including how the Xenos are depicted and certain passages like Sudler hiding in a weapons locker. Have you played the game?

AW: Oh, I absolutely did. My god, that game was a masterpiece. The thing that really stuck with me was the audible weight of the creatures. I’d never felt them so substantially in the movies.

DC: Are you a fan of any of the other Alien Expanded Universe stories, be it games, comics or novels?

AW: Oh yeah. In the 90s, I had every Dark Horse book and comic. I played all of the games, especially AvP and AvP 2 (and that badass Capcom beat-em-up that took all my quarters). Strangely enough, the creator of the AvP games was Rebellion, and their publishing arm is the company that bought my debut!

DC: Were there any story ideas that were off-limits while writing the book, e.g. mentioning certain characters or events from past movies?

AW: When I started writing, Covenant hadn’t come out yet, and Prometheus was considered a separate license, so I couldn’t use the black goo. About a month into my contract, Covenant came out and boom! I get to use everything I want.

DC: How have you found the fan response to the book so far?

AW: Incredible! They love it, and they’re so happy to tell me that. I’m really blown away by the kindness and excitement from this fandom. There are a lot of really great folks out there, especially the ones from AvPGalaxy.net.

DC: Would you pay another visit to the Alien universe if the opportunity presented itself?

AW: You bet! I’ve always got a few more ideas in me. I’m also planning to do a commentary on my thought process while writing the book, which you can find in my newsletter.

If you fancy picking up a copy of the book for yourself, click this here link! If you like Alex’s work and you want to keep up to date with his next book, he can also be found on Twitter @alexrwhite

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Exclusive: FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY Light a Fire With “Molotov”

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On June 22, legendary electro-industrial group Front Line Assembly will release WarMech through Artoffact, their 17th full length studio album and their second soundtrack. Featuring 12 brand new tracks, the album is the soundtrack to Carbon Games’ latest title of the same name. The band previously provided the soundtrack to the developer’s earlier title, AirMech.

Today, we’re thrilled to bring you the exclusive track premiere for “Molotov”, the 7th track on the album. Packed with rich and full pads set against electrostatically charged drums, “Molotov” eases its way into the music before adding layer after layer, building to an intense and visceral explosion of aggression and passion.

WarMech will be released on double vinyl, including black and greasy-mess versions, as well as a Dystopian Future half-half effect version with both brown and yellow (strictly limited to 100 copies). The vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve designed exclusively by Dave McKean (Mirrormask), and you also get a collectable, branded download card.

You can pre-order the album either through Bandcamp or via Storming the Base.

Tour dates:
August 18 – Amougies, BE @ W-2 Festival
August 19 – London, UK @ o2 Academy
August 20 – Paris, FR @ La Machine
August 21 – Utrecht, NL @ De Helling
August 22 – Krefeld, DE @ KuFa Krefeld
August 24 – Gothenburg, SE @ Truck Stop
August 25 – Stockholm, SE @ Klubben
August 29 – Wroclaw, PL @ Stary Klasztor
August 30 – Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
August 31 – Budapest, HU @ A38
September 01 – Bratislava, SK @ Majestic Music Club
September 02 – Vienna, AU @ Viper Room
September 04 – Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle
September 08 – Nu-Ulm, DE @ Volle Kraft Voraus Festival
September 15 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
September 23 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
September 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720

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