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Writer/Director Todd Tucker Discusses The Terror of Hallow’s Eve

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This past weekend, Todd Tucker’s The Terror of Hallow’s Eve had its world premiere at London’s FrightFest 2017. Extolled for its reliance, as much as possible, on practical FX, the film has been one of the most anticipated festival features for a while!

Today, we got the chance to speak with writer/director Todd Tucker, who himself has a long history of work in practical FX and makeup. Tucker told us about the conception of The Terror of Hallow’s Eve, working with the legendary Doug Jones, and even let slip that he’s begun writing a sequel! You can read it all below!

The Terror Of Hallow’s Eve stars Caleb Thomas, Eric Roberts, Doug Jones, Juliet Landau, Christina Kane, and Sarah Lancaster. It also features the music of John Carpenter.

Dread Central: Talk to me a bit about the idea behind The Terror of Hallow’s Eve and how it went from a concept to the film you have today.
Todd Tucker: The idea for the film came from the combination of a true story that happened to me as a kid and my love of the 1980’s Horror genera. In wanted to make a film that was based in reality then looses its mind and becomes a Dark Fantasy/Horror rollercoaster, filled with practical creatures.

DC: The film not only wears its love of practical effects on its sleeve, it makes it part of the story! Can you tell me a bit about your thoughts on practical effects in the horror genre?
TT: All of the 80s horror films use practical effects because CG was not around yet. We use all practical creatures for The Terror Of Hallow’s Eve, but actually have around 1 Hundred visual effects shots in the film. Some green screenshots, puppet wire removal and visual effects enhancement to some our practical characters. This helped to create a beautiful marriage between practical FX and CG.

DC: Films are always restrained by their budget, so what kinds of challenges did you face trying to create all your wonderful creatures while still ensuring that you didn’t compromise the rest of the film?
TT: My special effects makeup company Illusion Industries, is known for working on major films and television shows, it was important that the creatures in this film looked AMAZING and unique, but also somehow familiar.

Our budget was small, but this project was not. The challenge was to schedule the shoot so that I could spend the time we needed to get great performances from both the actors and the puppets.

DC: Practical effects aren’t always relegated just to costumes or props, they can be people as well! What was it like to work with Doug Jones, who is a practical effect in and of himself!
TT: I have known Doug Jones for over 15 years. I first put Doug into a yeti creature makeup on the film ‘MonkeyBone’. We recently worked together again on ‘Ouija, Origins Of Evil’, and I asked him if he would be willing to play “The Trickster” in our new film. Being the lovely man that he is, he agreed and gave me a character that is both haunting and somehow lovable. Doug is an amazing actor and actually plays two characters in the film.

DC: Obviously you have a great deal of experience with practical effects. How did your background with that world affect your role as director here?
TT: After years of working on films, I understand how to utilize visual and practical effects together, which made it much easier for me to pre plane all of the technical FX shots for the film.

DC: What kind of experience do you hope The Terror of Hallow’s Eve gives horror audiences?
TT: The film is a total homage to the 1980’s Horror genre, combined with the ultimate anti-bullying message. Hopefully the film will connect with some of the audience on a personal level.

DC: What’s next on your plate?
TT: We are currently pitching a creature driven television series and I just started writing ‘The Terror Of Hollow’s Eve 2’.

Synopsis:
Growing up is hard and for fifteen-year-old Timmy Stevens it’s no exception. Scrawny and nerdy, he’s relentlessly tormented by the town bullies. His only escape is his love of horror and the creatures he creates.

A chance run-in with his tormentors in a convenience store parking lot on Halloween leaves Timmy brutally beaten. Walking home he stumbles upon a mysterious pumpkin. Despondent from the vicious attack he escapes to his private world and begins carving the pumpkin, wishing for revenge. Unknowingly, Timmy summons the Trickster, an ancient evil, who offers to grant his wish — scare the bullies to death.

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Want a LEGO Godzilla Set? Here’s Your Chance!

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The longest-running franchises in cinema history, the Godzilla films have created a cultural icon in the form of the titular beast. Simply hearing its roar or seeing its silhouette is enough to let us know precisely what we’re looking at. Having ventured out of cinema and forayed into TV shows, comic books, video games, and countless merchandise options, Godzilla still hasn’t managed to break into one of the world’s most popular toy company: LEGO. However, that might change if BRICK_101 has their say via LEGO Ideas, where they submitted a design based on the 1954 original film!

Here’s the description from the site:
This model contains approximately 850 LEGO pieces, stands 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and measures 17 inches (44 cm) from head to tail. Godzilla has had many different designs over the years, but we based ours on the original 1954 movie. The arms, legs, jaw, and tail are hinged to allow the model to be posed in a variety of positions. In addition to Godzilla, the set also includes a small microscale train for Godzilla to stomp on or chomp on and a flame piece to represent Godzilla’s atomic breath.

The website allows people to submit their own ideas (such as this Call of Cthulhu set) and then allow the public to vote on whether or not they want to see it get made. Should the idea get 10,000 votes, it then gets moved up the ladder within LEGO’s headquarters and a decision is made to see if they want to make an official set.

So, if you want to see LEGO make an official Godzilla set, click on the link above and cast your vote!

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#Brainwaves Episode 78 Guest Announcement: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini

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The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all. Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

Join us this coming Wednesday, February 21st, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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Supernatural Irish Horror Beyond the Woods Hits Home Video and VOD This February

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Supernatural Irish horror Beyond the Woods makes its way to DVD and VOD from Left Films!

Shot on location in Ireland, Beyond the Woods echoes the creepy supernatural horror of recent Irish genre hits The Hallow and The Canal, with its eerie and grisly tale of an unknown evil.

Synopsis:
Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway but unfortunately for them a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It’s burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them…but it’s getting worse. Soon the troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has crawled from the sinkhole and will any of them survive the weekend?

Following a successful run on the festival circuit where it picked up the Best Feature Film Award at the World International Film Festival Montreal in 2017, Seán Breathnach’s spine-chilling low budget nightmare finally makes its way to UK and North American DVD and VOD courtesy of Left Films.

On digital/VOD February 5th, DVD February 19th.

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