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One of the most brutal recent entries in the home invasion subgenre is Miguel Ángel Vivas’ Kidnapped, whose real fear of home invasions compelled the making of the film. Recently Dread Central had an opportunity to sit down with the director to learn more about his motivation as well as the techniques he employed for Kidnapped.

“I think this is always a nightmare for other people, and it is something that I’ve feared since childhood,” explained Vivas. And this fear has not gone unabated, fueled by real stories from his home country: “…[I]n Spain the situation regarding those types of attacks has really changed a lot because in the past robbers or attackers would wait for a family to be gone before they came in, but over the last few years a new trend has developed, and actually, attackers want to make sure that the people are inside.”

To explore his nightmare even further, Vivas sought out survivors of these home invasions to hear their stories. “I was shocked myself by the extent of this violence. How strong it is. How much impact it has on people. I was really able to perceive how violent human beings can be, and how much harm they can do to their fellow human beings.”

The stories these survivors told helped informed his decision to shoot the film in a highly naturalistic style. “What I wanted to do was not so much tell a story, but for the audience to share an experience. It was really important for me for the audience to feel involved, and to feel as if they were being kidnapped as they were watching the movie. So I decided to show the violence in the way I did because that was my intent. I really wanted for the people to experience it as if they were a part of the situation like that.”

Miguel Angel Vivas Talks Kidnapped

The intensity of the material also reverberated through the cast. “…Whenever we would cut, then the actors were so deeply in it that they continued crying, and they were still shocking after we said ‘cut’. We would allow them a good fifteen, twenty minutes at a time to recover, to allow them to stop crying, to allow them to get over those really overwhelming emotions.”

From a technical standpoint, shooting such long takes limited what he could capture in a day due to set-up times and a lot of rehearsal with the actors. “In the end we would work on just one shot a day, so we did twelve shots in twelve days.”

There are two scenes in particular which create a crescendo within the film’s saturated violence. Though achieved in post, the effects are stunningly realistic and used as a sort of catharsis. “There was a lot of build-up, a lot of pent-up emotions there, and it’s some way of letting it out in that particular scene. So, for the first time, the audience would actually understand that violence. I can understand that it could be seen as too gruesome or explicit, but it was a way of escaping for all of the tension that had been accumulating before.”

The film’s violence, though intense and prevalent, is never exploitive, as Vivas mentions. The film shows the horror of an event like this — not sentimental, not exciting; it seeks to unapologetically brutalize its audience with the truth. “In terms of the filmmaker’s stance regarding violence, there are films that are violent, and they seem to sort of defend violence; they seem to promote a worldview where violence is justified. I’m disgusted with movies like that. That was not my point. I did not want to express my own opinion on violence; I just wanted to show it. I just wanted to show its effects. I wanted to show the kind of trauma, the kind of experience that people that are the victims of it go through. That was my objective.”

Our thanks to Miguel Ángel Vivas for taking the time to speak with us. Kidnapped (review here) is currently available On Demand and will be making its way to home video soon from IFC.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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